DIY Holiday Cards and Gift Tags

DIY Holiday Cards and Gift Tags
Do-it-yourself Christmas cards and gift tags are a fun way to stretch your dollar, help the planet and show your loved ones you care. These tips will help you create your own personalized cards and gift tags.

Create Collage Cards

  • Cut small, colorful clippings from magazines and recycled wrapping paper.
  • Arrange the colors in groups — a tackle box or craft box can help you stay organized.
  • Create mosaic-style cards and tags using heavy card stock and decoupage glue.
  • Once you have a colorful base, create your greeting using mismatched letters. Use yarn scraps and attach collage gift tags to your gifts.

Recycle Old Holiday Cards

  • Use craft scissors and cut design elements from last year’s Christmas cards. Have the kids help you find holiday designs like Christmas stars and holiday ornaments.
  • Once you’ve gathered your stash of designs, prepare blank cards — paint them with watercolors or a thin layer of glittery paint.
  • After the cards dry, glue the recycled cutouts to the cards, and finish them up with handwritten greetings. Try a festively colored metallic pen.

Design Cards Digitally

  • Do you have access to a printer? Use design software and make print-friendly Christmas cards and tags.
  • Surf the Internet for ideas and pictures. Make sure all images are legal for personal use.
  • Print on high-quality paper — look for paper with rich textures and colors.

Think Thrifty Tags

  • Looking for a vintage, homemade look? Scavenge thrift shops and used bookstores for dated, second-hand books with holiday themes.
  • Cut out the images, and paste them onto colorful card-stock paper.
  • Add calligraphy and cut an elegant edge into the card with scalloped scissors.

Add Some Flair

  • Embellishments help personalize do-it-yourself Christmas cards and gift tags. Small items like buttons, ribbon, bits of costume jewelry, interesting fabrics and seasonal stickers jazz up a plain card’s border.
  • Look around your home, and collect small odds and ends.
  • Can’t find everything you need? Head to the scrapbooking aisle and pick up the finishing touches.

Stamp It and Cut It

  • Stencils and rubber stamps help create one-of-a-kind cards and tags. Also, try seasonally related images and block letters.
  • You can also stamp your official “seal” on the back of the envelope.
  • Making gift tags? Add a stamped image next to the gift recipient’s name — it’ll give your envelope a thoughtful, handcrafted look.
  • Go a step further — use a fun-shaped hole puncher to add festive designs.

Consider a Card Kit

  • Save money and buy an all-purpose card-making kit. It should contain all the paper embellishments you need to create Christmas cards at home, such as scratch-art sheets, envelopes, stencils, rulers, ribbons and instructions.
  • Stick to a theme — find a kit that complements your personal style.
  • Shimmery metallic pens make handwriting notes and tags fun for kids.

A little creativity and attention to detail are the most important tools when creating your own Christmas cards and gift tags. You’ll save money, reduce waste and touch friends and family will your thoughtfulness.

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