Crafty Holiday Gift Tags with Paper

Whip up fun and festive gift tags for all your Christmas and Hanukkah gifts this season using supplies you have in your scrapbooking stash.

Turn Paper Scraps into Gift-Tag Embellishments with Quilling

Make this holiday gift tag by wrapping strips of color paper or cardstock around a stylus or wooden toothpick and shaping the twists into simple designs. The technique is called quilling, and the designs can be as simple or intricate as you like.

Editor's Tip: Let your quilling designs shine by keeping other elements on your holiday tags simple.


SOURCES: Polka dot ribbon: Making Memories.

Design a Gift Tag with Punches

Design by Erin Roe

Turn simple punches into an easy gift card. Punch a large circle from patterned paper to create an ornament shape. Trim one edge of a rectangle with decorative-edge scissors for the ornament top. Punch a hole in the tag base, string ribbon through, and place the ornament piecing over the hole.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design. Decorative paper: The Paper Co. Font: Two Peas Rickety off the Internet. Ribbon: Autumn Leaves. Punches: Fiskars.

Embellish with a Holiday Icon

Design by Tracy Kyle

Trim a character from holiday patterned paper for a quick gift tag embellishment.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Collage Press. Stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Markers: Copic. Label: Jenni Bowlin. Die-cutting tool: Spellbinders.

Craft a Snowflake Gift Tag

Design by Vicki Boutin

Use a die-cutting machine to create snowflake embellishments in multiples. This frosty tag is perfect for any holiday gift.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Decorative paper: Doodlebug Design. Brad: Karen Foster Design. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Ranger Industries. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.

Create Low-Cost Holiday Gift Tags

Design by Sande Krieger

Save money when making tags. Purchase holiday stamps that can be used repeatedly, and adorn the rest of the tag with inexpensive festive stickers.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Stickers: BasicGrey (label), Jenni Bowlin Studio (black border). Button: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: FontWerks (letters), Hero Arts (all other). Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Rickrack: May Arts. Punch: Fiskars.

Trim a Simple Snowman Tag

Design by Erin Roe

Cut two large scallops in white patterned paper to create a snowman body. Turn a piece of orange scrap paper into a nose. Then, add a little glitz with glitter eyes and a smile.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (orange), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue). Font: Two Peas Rickety off the Internet. Ribbon: SEI. Punch: Fiskars. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries.

Punch a Gift Tag Window

Design by Tracy Kyle

Add dimension to your holiday gift tags. Fold the tag in half, then punch a scalloped circle in the center of one side. On the inside of the tag, center a snowflake in the punched circle.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Collage Press. Punch: EK Success. Snowflake: Provo Craft.

Stamp a Holiday Gift Tag

Design by Sande Krieger

Fill your gift tag with a stamped sentiment to cut down on embellishing time.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green, red), Provo Craft (white). Stickers: Cosmo Cricket. Ribbon: Offray. Stamps: 7Gypsies (scalloped circle), Pink Paislee (?Joyeux Noel?). Ink: Memories. Pen: Sharpie. Die-cutting tool: QuicKutz.

Create a Christmas Tree Gift Tag

Design by Vicki Boutin

Cut two triangles from tone-on-tone patterned paper, one slightly smaller than the other. Adhere tiny buttons to the small triangle and layer on top of the large triangle.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: TPC Studios. Decorative paper: Doodlebug Design. Font: Jenna Script off the Internet. Brads: 7Gypsies. Buttons: FoofaLa by Autumn Leaves.

Decorate Holiday Tags with Brads

Design by Tracy Kyle

Use brads in various sizes, colors, and finishes to adorn simple paper piecings, such as the Christmas trees on this cardstock gift tag.

Editor's Tip: To keep the back of the gift tag smooth, attach brads to your paper piecings before adding them to the tag.


SOURCES: Tag: Paper Source. Brads, rub-on: Making Memories.

Decorate Gifts Tags with Basic Supplies

Start with an ordinary gift-tag shape and let your creativity take over from there. Use basic supplies to transform plain white gift tags into custom tags for holiday gifts.

Editor's Tip: Creating gift tags is a great way to experiment with new techniques on a small scale. Look for new ways to use old supplies, such as building a snowman out of buttons.

Construct a Custom Holly Embellishment

Design by Tracy Kyle

Add a bit of holly to a gift tag. Trim holly leaves from patterned paper and use tiny jewels for berries.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Collage Press (red dot), Making Memories (glitter), BoBunny Press (green dot). Metal-rim tag: Making Memories.

Make Easy Digital Holiday Gift Tags

Design by Erica Hernandez

Tough-to-wrap gifts can be a challenge. For an easy gift-tag solution, digitally create holiday gift-tag designs and print them on printer-friendly sticker paper.

Editor's Tip: Print holiday gift-tag designs on clear sticker paper to label see-through containers such as jars, bottles, and plastic boxes.


SOURCES: Font: Evergreen by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals.

Use Holiday-Theme Dingbats to Create Paper Piecings for Gift Tags

Design by Margie Scherschligt

Print a Christmas or Hanukkah dingbat font on several patterned papers, cut apart the pieces of the font, and layer the pieces atop a cardstock tag to create a one-of-a-kind gift tag.

Editor's Tip: Search the Internet for holiday-theme dingbat fonts. You often can find them on free font sites.


SOURCES: Font: Santa by Two Peas in a Bucket.

Try Out Inking Techniques on Holiday Gift Cards

Design by Erikia Ghumm

To make this tag, Erikia stamped and embossed the swirls and greeting with clear ink, covered the design with clear embossing powder, and heat-set it. Then she covered the tag with teal dye and wiped the excess dye off the embossed areas with a slightly damp paper towel.

Editor's Tip: Inking techniques work well on gift tags and are a great place to try a more artistic look. Try resist-stamping or masking for a fun look on your holiday tags.


SOURCES: Stamps: Autumn Leaves (swirls), Inkadinkado (greeting). Ink: Ranger Industries (clear embossing, clear powder, teal dye).

Add Digital Designs to Tags

Use image-editing software to design gift-tag sentiments, and print them out for a streamlined look.

Editor's Tip: Changing fonts can create gift tags that look completely different from one another. Experiment with different serif and script fonts to get into the spirit of the season.

Use Scraps to Make Simple Holiday Shapes on Gift Tags

Design by Cathy Blackstone

Rather than spending a fortune to make gift tags for all your holiday presents, try using scraps of cardstock and patterned paper, leftover embellishments, and even spare rub-ons and stickers to create quick tags.

Editor's Tip: Don't reinvent the wheel each time you make a holiday tag. Each person on your list will likely only get one so feel free to repeat a design you love over and over.


SOURCES: Brads: Creative Impressions.

Heat-Emboss Holiday Gift Tag Elements

Design by Tracy Kyle

Tracy dressed up her holiday gift tags with heat-embossed designs.

Editor's Tip: Embossing powders stick best to slow-drying, tacky inks.


SOURCES: Paper: Ranger Industries. Die cuts: EK Success (holly), Paper Bliss (tree). Chipboard accents: Autumn Leaves (snowflakes), Melissa Frances (star). Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko (watermark), Ranger Industries (green). Embossing powder: Ranger Industries (UTEE, green), All Night Media (red), Hero Arts (clear). Brads: Autumn Leaves (decorative), Making Memories (plain). Ribbon: May Arts. Tags: Paper Source (red/green), American Tag Co. (wood), Staples (manila), DMD Industries (kraft bag).

Embellish Holiday Gift Tags with Sequins

Give holiday tags extra oomph by adding shiny sequins or other small embellishments from your stash.

Editor's Tip: Print clip art or dingbats on cardstock, then use die cuts to transform the cardstock into a super-simple gift tag.

Create Gift Tags in Coordinating Colors

Craft simple gift tags with embellishments chosen from a specific color scheme.

Editor's Tip: Use leftover pieces from your stash to create one-of-a-kind holiday gift tags.


SOURCES: Tags: Michaels.

Stitch Accents onto Gift Tags

Design by Tracy Kyle

Sew paper pieces together to get this joyful holiday tag. Let irregular stitching accent the border to create interest.

Editor's Tip: Add unexpected items to your gift tags. The tiny Santa in the center of the O on this tag is the perfect Christmas season embellishment.

Let Gift Tags Double as Ornaments

Design by Cathy Blackstone

This irresistible angel snowman is a super-sweet holiday package accent. Attach feathers to the back of the tag to make the wings more realistic.

Editor's Tip: Give recipients something extra. Put a little added time into the tag and it could double as a cute ornament!

Embellish Gift Tags with Cardstock

Design by Vivian Smith

Vivian used cardstock and patterned paper to spice up her holiday gift tags in different ways.

Editor's Tip: Use punches and die-cutting tools to create simple accents for your holiday gift tags.


SOURCES: Cardstock: SEI. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Rub-ons: Making Memories.

Personalize Holiday Gift Tags with Stamps

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki stamped the sentiments on her holiday gift tags for a personal touch.

Editor's Tip: Stamp sentiments to streamline your gift tags and make the crafting process easier.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), Chatterbox (gold). Patterned paper: Chatterbox (brown stripes, dot), Sweetwater (light brown). Embossed paper: Mrs. Grossman's. Mesh: Magic Mesh. Stamps: PSX ("Gretchen," "Reagan," "Mitchie"), Ma Vinci's Reliquary ("from," "Secret Santa"), Hero Arts ("Merry Christmas Beka"). Paper clip, wire: DMD Industries. Ribbon: Offray (red), Making Memories (printed). Concho: Scrapworks.

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