How to make gift tags

How to make gift tags

After your gifts are all wrapped up, add that finishing touch with DIY gift tags. Here’s how to design and personalize unique printable tags to make your gifts really stand out.

Step 1: Go to Avery Design & Print Online

Open the free Avery Design & Print Online software at avery.com/print. To start a new project, enter your Avery product number (22802) and click GO.

Step 2: Select a format

Choose whether you want to see designs printed lengthwise on your tags by clicking “Printable Tags with Strings Wide.” To see designs printed widthwise, click “Printable Tags with Strings Tall.”

How to make gift tags

Step 3: Choose the design

Select from a variety of design themes from the menu on the left, and view the design(s) from each theme on the right. Want to start from scratch? Choose the blank template which is the first option displayed.

Step 4: Customize the tags

Once you’ve chosen your design, you’ll see a closeup of the tag.

Use the pre-designed template as is, or give it your own personal twist. You can also add a personal photo or graphic of your choice.

To change the existing graphic, click on the design to select it, and use the menu on the left to select another image from the Avery Gallery or from your own computer file.

To customize the text, click to select the text area and type in your text. Use the menu on the left to choose a different font, font size, or color.

How to make gift tags

To create a sheet of identical tags, use the navigator on the right-hand side. Click Edit All and any image or text changes will be made to all tags at once.

To create different tags on the same sheet, use the navigator on the right-hand side. Click Edit One and enter custom text for each tag.

How to make gift tags

Step 5: Preview & print

Click Preview & Print to review your design. To make adjustments, just click the Customize button at the bottom of your screen to go back to the previous screen. When your design is ready to go, just click Print.

Step 6: Save

To save your design, click the Save button. In the pop-up window, create a file name and save to either “MyAccount” or your computer.

How to make gift tags

Step 7: Attach the tags

The Avery Printable Tags (22802) come with strings inside every pack. Or, you can use ribbon or baker’s twine to add a decorative effect on gift bags, bottles and baskets.

Introduction: Create Gift Tags at Home by Using Microsoft® Word

How to make gift tags

Gift tags are commonly used to add the extra touch to the gifts as you give them to your loved ones. It makes it more special if you are creating these gift tags with your own effort. Printable gift tags take only few minutes to create and attach on your gift. You don’t have to spend any money if you follow this simple do-it-yourself activity which you can do right from your home.

Step 1: Visualize a Theme in Your Mind

Since Gift tags can be used on a wide variety of events such as birthday parties, wedding anniversaries etc., it would be more appropriate if you create tags matching the theme of you event. For examples, if you are going to use it for birthday gifts, a tag with balloons or birthday wishes will be much suitable.

For a wedding gift, a nice flower will do. So first of all, imagine the various possible themes which can match the event and then select the picture of the tag appropriately. In this guide, we will give an example of birthday balloons.

Step 2: Download Appropriate Images From Google

Go to google.com and search for “Birthday Balloons PNG”. You can also try “colourful balloons” “happy birthday balloons” also with your search terms. But adding “PNG” is compulsory. Adding “PNG” at the end of your search terms will help you find only images with transparent backgrounds.

These types of images are easy to adjust with any color scheme. Now, download any few images you may like to add in your gift tags. You don’t have to worry about their size. We can resize them as per our requirement in Microsoft word.

Step 3: Open Microsoft Word Version 2010 or Later

If you own a windows PC or Mac, search for Microsoft Word and open it. Click on File -> New and choose blank page. (Select A4 from page size selection).

Step 4: Add a Page Border

There are multiple tabs on the top of the document. Go to Design -> Page Border -> Box. This border will help us to design under page margins, so we could avoid any misprinting.

Step 5: Draw Gift Tags

Go to Insert tab -> Shapes and select “Top Corners Snipped” shape.
You can now draw a tag on left side of the page as shown on this preview.

Step 6: Place the Picture Inside the Tag

You can copy and paste the picture inside the tag. You can resize the image so as to fit within the tag and then you can draw an outline of gift tag.

Step 7: Add Nice Text to the Gift Tag

After resizing the image and fitting it within the tag, draw a blank text box at the bottom of label as shown in image. Write nice greeting text inside the text box and use appropriate format, font, color accordingly.

Step 8: Duplicate Tag

Press shift button on keyboard and select tag, image and the text box with mouse courser. Both tag and text field will be selected. Press Ctrl + V to duplicate it. Make two copies and adjust them to have equal distance as shown in image.

Step 9: Repeat the Process

Repeat duplicate process and fill up the page in equal spaces.

Step 10: Print and Cut

Print these gift tags by using a color printer and cut the tags by following the outlines.

Step 11: Some Tips on Making Creative Gift Cards

  • Try to select image, most relevant to event. If you are using 2 gift tags, try to use 2 different images.
  • Create writable field on Microsoft word but write your message and name by handwriting.
  • If you are printing at home, try to use thick paper or card paper. But I will recommend printing it on commercial printer for best printing results.
  • If you are not comfortable by designing a gift tag all by yourself, you can use a gift tag template of required theme. Then all you need to do is to print and fill in.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to make your own tags, so you could have them any size or color you wanted?

How to make gift tags

Here’s how to make tags quickly and easily.

How to make gift tags

Supplies.

Card Stock or Manilla Folders

Paper Punches – 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch

How to make gift tags

How to make Tags.

1. Determine the size you want to make your tags.

How to make gift tags

The tags I made are 2 1/2 inches by 5 inches. 2 1/4 inches by 4 inches. And 1 3/4 inches by 3 inches.

Cut the rectangles.

How to make gift tags

2. Decide how much of the top corners you want to cut off.

Look at various tags to see how they are done.

I cut only a small amount off each corner, but I have made tags with larger amounts removed, too.

3. Use a ruler to make a diagonal line on one top corner of the tag.

How to make gift tags

4. Flip the corner piece you cut off over and lay it on the opposite top corner of the tag.

How to make gift tags

Draw a line along the edge of the corner piece.

Cut the corner off on the line.

5. Using the 3/4 inch punch or the 1/2 inch punch, cut a circle in a contrasting color.

How to make gift tags

I use the 3/4 inch punch for larger tags and the 1/2 inch punch for smaller tags.

6. Glue the circle in the center of the tag near the top as shown. Let dry.

How to make gift tags

7. Use the 1/4 inch punch to punch a hole in the center of the circle.

How to make gift tags

The tag is finished.

How to make gift tags

If you are going to make a lot of tags, use cereal box cardboard to make one tag, flipping the first corner over

How to make gift tags

to make the second corner.

How to make gift tags

As you can see on this tag template, I made the diagonals deeper so the tag is much narrower at the top.

Then trace the corner shapes onto other rectangles to create tags.

How to make gift tags

Instead of putting the ring around the hole, you can just punch a hole in the top of the tag, as I’ve done on the template.

Trace the hole on the tag so you will know where to punch.

Introduction: Make Your Own Gift Tags

How to make gift tags

How to make gift tags

How to make gift tags

Every Christmas here in San Francisco, I inevitably find myself at “Flax” (a local art supplies store), either looking for gifts for friends and family, or more likely looking for gift-wrapping ideas. In December of 2010 I purchased some very nice gift tags there. When I returned a week or two later for more, they were sold out. So I decided to make my own.

Essential Supplies:
Blank Card Stock
Patterned Card Stock (or print your own)
Double-Sided Carpet Tape
Gold Thread (or other decorative string or ribbon)

Optional Supplies:
White Label Stock (full sheets or otherwise)
Gold Label Stock (full sheets or otherwise)

Essential Tools
Cutting Board
X-Acto Knife
Metal Edged Ruler
Paper Punch (small diameter preferred)
Pencil
Soft Eraser (preferably the rubbery white ones draftsmen use. Synthetic wine corks make a reasonable substitute.)

Useful Tools:
Color Printer

Optional Tools:
“U” shaped leather punch.

Step 1: Make a Patterned Piece

Start with an 8 1/2″ x 11” sheet of blank card-stock and a 2″ x 2″ piece of patterned card stock, this is one I purchased from “Flax”, but you can also easily make our own patterned card stock from blank card stock using an ink-jet printer. This one from “Flax” has a peel-off adhesive backing. Make your own with double-sided tape, preferably double-side carpet tape if you can find it, it is much stronger than the others.

Step 2: Attach the Patterned Piece to the Card Stock

Adhere the 2″ x 2″ patterned design to the upper left corner of the 8 1/2″ x 11″ blank card stock.

Step 3: Trim the Gift Tag From the Card Stock

Here I’m making a 1 3/4″ wide gift tag. Before I cut, using a ruler, I create a faint pencil line across the card stock 1 3/4″ from the top. This guide line will make it much easier to make a straight cut. Using the ruler and following the guide line I trim off the topmost 1 3/4″ inches of the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock with my X-Acto knife.

Step 4: Making the Tab

Now I’ll create the tab that will hold down the message strip. I happened to own a leather punch which was perfect for this project. Centering the punch 1 inch down from the top of the strip, I stamped a 5/8″ inch wide by 5/8″ long “U” shaped cut through the card stock, creating a tab to hold down the other end of the folded gift tag.

While, the leather punch makes a nice clean cut*, you don’t need a punch to make this tab, and I suggest using your X-Acto knife instead. All we’re doing here is creating a tab.

I’ve experimented with numerous shapes, widths, and lengths for this tab. What seems to be most important is the length of the tab. Rounded-end tabs are elegant, A rounded-end tab should be a “U” shaped tab that is at least as long as the tab is wide. I suggest somewhere between 5/8″ and 3/4″ inch wide tab for a 1 3/4″ wide tag. Semi-circles do not work well.

Since you’re not using a punch, use anything handy to create a tab outline with a light pencil. For reference a Dime is just about 11/16″ wide (just slightly larger than 5/8″). A Penny is approximately 3/4″ in diameter. Use a straight edge to complete the left and right sides of the “U” shape outline, and use your X-Acto knife to cut through the outline.

* You can purchase this same punch for about approximately $40 from Outfitter Supplies (www.outfitterssupply.com). It’s a 5/8″ Osborne Round Strap End Punch.

Step 5: Folding the Tag

Now I fold over the blank end of the tag so that it fits securely under the tab. There a few ways to do this. One is by measurement as you see here, but what’s most important is that the folded over portion be at least long enough to fit snugly under the tab. If the folded over portion is too long, it can always be trimmed.

In the third photo, you see the finished product. It demonstrates how the tab works, but there are still a couple of intermediary steps before I get here.

Step 6: Attaching the Ribbon or Thread

Now we need an elegant way to attach the tag to the gift. I used a variable-sized leather punch I had to create a small (3/16″) hole near the end of the gift tag.

Feel free to use any kind of punch. In fact, paper punches work better than the leather punch I used. Smaller holes than the standard paper punch size are more elegant, but any paper punch will make a really nice hole. The standard paper punch hole works nicely for ribbon attachments.

Thread your tie through the hole. I used gold thread, but string, and ribbon also work well. For a more “natural” you might consider raffia.

Step 7: Attaching the Gift Tag

The most common way to attach a gift tag is cellophane tape. An adhesive backed bow is another. There’s nothing wrong with either. In the image I’ve attached you’ll find some more creative options.

With a color printer I printed random designs on adhesive backed white paper, and used cutouts to attach my gift tags. I also used adhesive backed gold foil to attach some of the tags.

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This is an “In the hoop” design and is 55% off as marked. It is NOT included in our Christmas in July Sale: Any 10 for $10

These gift tags are fun and easy to make, and done completely in the hoop. Each tag measures 2.4 x 3.8 .

Each tag has a 4×4 file to make one tag, or a 5×7 file to make two.

The tags can be made a few different ways including a front and back with decorative cut edge, front and back with clean satin stitch edge, and an optional tag with a pocket on the back to add a gift card. Complete instructions included.

Instant download! You will receive a single zip file that will include all *available* sizes & formats: ART, DST, EXP, JEF, HUS, PCS, PES, SEW, VIP, VP3 & XXX. (Please note that PCS and SEW formats will only include 4×4 files when available for the design)

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It is your responsibility to understand your hoop capabilities. Please note that “in the hoop” and “applique” designs can NOT be used with a repositionable / multi positional hoop.
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These gift tags are fun and easy to make, and done completely in the hoop. Each tag measures 2.4 x 3.8 .

Each tag has a 4×4 file to make one tag, or a 5×7 file to make two.

The tags can be made a few different ways including a front and back with decorative cut edge, front and back with clean satin stitch edge, and an optional tag with a pocket on the back to add a gift card. Complete instructions included.

Instant download! You will receive a single zip file that will include all *available* sizes & formats: ART, DST, EXP, JEF, HUS, PCS, PES, SEW, VIP, VP3 & XXX. (Please note that PCS and SEW formats will only include 4×4 files when available for the design)

These are digital machine embroidery designs…NOT a finished product. You must own an embroidery machine & know how to unzip your files and transfer files to your machine.
If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ and TERMS OF USE pages where you may find your answer. If you still need assistance, please CONTACT US and our support staff will assist you.

We are unable to offer advice or support for your embroidery machine or software, so please direct those questions to your dealer or manufacturer. Thank you. Occasionally we link to products we use with our embroidery designs. As an Amazon Affiliate, we earn a small amount from qualifying purchases.

Where hoop sizes are mentioned, we are referring to standard hoop sizes:
4×4 (100mm x 100mm), 5×7 (130mm x 180mm), 6×10 (160mm x 260mm), 8×8 (200mm x 200mm), 7×12 (180mm x 300mm), 8×12 (200mm x 300mm), 9.5×14 (240mm x 360mm), 10.5×16 (272mmx460mm)
It is your responsibility to understand your hoop capabilities. Please note that “in the hoop” and “applique” designs can NOT be used with a repositionable / multi positional hoop.
NO REFUNDS per our policies.

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Help yourself to these cute Christmas gift tags DIY ideas that will serve as the cherry on top of your fab presents!

In this article:

Personalized Christmas Gift Tags You Can Easily DIY

1. Washi Tape Gift Tag

Cute and easy as 1-2-3! Just stick the colorful tapes on a sheet of paper and you have a cute washi tape gift tag in a snap! I just spotted a colorful range of Japanese washi tape on Amazon!

2. Made From Old Cereal Boxes Gift Tags

Love eating cereal? You’ll also love the idea of using old cereal boxes and turning them into adorable gift tags! (In Spanish, but with images, so don’t worry.)

3. DIY Santa Gift Tags Using Soda Can Tabs

Gather some soda can tabs and turn them into Santa’s belt! I think these DIY Santa gift tags will look adorable on any Christmas gift package!

4. Holly Bush Sprigs Gift Tags

These adorable felt holly sprigs gift tags simply add holiday fun to any gift! Some felt, buttons, and paper make this pretty straightforward DIY gift tag idea.

5. Christmas Stockings Tags

These Christmas stockings gift tags are so pretty with their red and green hues. It looks playful and Christmas-y at the same time.

6. Printable Pop-Up Holiday Gift Tags

These printable pop-up holiday gift tags look so simple and artistic at the same time. The best part of these gift tags is you can change up the colors to match your gift wrap.

7. Colorful Washi Tape Gift Tags

Here’s another way to use washi tapes for fun gift tags bursting with color! These colorful washi tape gift tags make a good excuse to grab some washi tape!

8. Round Scrapbook Paper Ornament Gift Tags

You probably have everything you need in your scrapbooking stash to make this super easy DIY paper ornament gift tag. Let your creative juices flow and the expect compliments on your thoughtfulness and artistry.

9. Snowman Tags

These snowman fingerprint gift tags could be whipped up pretty quickly. Such cute little tags can match any rustic gift wrapping.

10. Ice Cream Gift Tags

Is it just me, or are these tags making you just crave for ice cream this instant? I love the playful pastel colors and how fancy these ice cream gift tags look.

11. Mini Paper Strips And Paper Discs Gift Tags

Adorn your gifts with festive gift tags in this sparkly glitter-dipped brown paper. These adorable gift tags are perfect for the chilly holiday season.

12. Snowman Gift Tags

Add Christmas cheer with these snowman gift tags. They are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

Use any colors you want for the tag, but make sure you have white for the snowman.

13. Cinnamon Dough Gift Tags

These truly unique DIY gift tags can also be used as ornaments (plus, they’re sweet-smelling, too!) Jazz up your Christmas gifts this year with these cinnamon dough gift tags!

14. DIY: Neon Color Block Gift Tags

Play around with these DIY gift tags in neon colors that really pop! What a perfect way to transform simple supplies into something remarkable using just a few materials.

15. Paper Twine Gift Tags

These paper twine gift tags are very simple to make and really cute! It’s worth the effort to bring a smile on everyone’s face.

16. Metallic Embossed Gift Tags

Add some shimmer and sparkle to your gifts with these cute and easy-to-make metallic embossed gift tags. It surely adds a touch of classy luxury to your Christmas presents.

17. Coffee or Latte Container Christmas Gift Tags

These coffee or latte container Christmas gift tags DIY will be awesome on the gifts for the coffee lovers in your life. You’ll love the look on their faces when they receive their presents.

18. Candy Cane Gift Tags

While these candy cane tags were originally intended as Christmas party place cards, these could also be adorable on your gifts, too. You might even feel like keeping some of these sweet hanging gift tags for yourself while you’re at it.

19. Watercolor Gift Tags

Dress up plain wrapping paper with these darling watercolor gift tags for your holiday gifts. These definitely make the perfect finishing touch on your Christmas gift labels.

20. Made With Love Tags

Finish off your special gift with these simple yet sweet gift tags. Great for all occasions!

Whatever goodies you make, these beautiful Made With Love gift tags make the perfect finishing touch for your heart-warming presents.

21. Salt Dough Gift Tags

Make your gifts extra special with these salt dough gift tags. Not only are these tags fun to make, but they make great ornaments too!

22. 3D Reindeer Gift Tags Using Peanuts

These 3D reindeer gift tags are super easy to make! You only need googly eyes and pompoms to get it done.

If you have crafting leftovers from your Halloween crafts, that will do the trick.

Craving for more personalized Christmas gift tags? Watch this video from GiftBasketAppeal making gift tags using scraps:

There you have it. Your choice of 22 awesome DIY Christmas gift tags. If there’s one thing I always find that I need more during the holiday season, it’s gift tags.

Make your Christmas gifts even more special with these super cute gift tag ideas. You can create any of them in under ten minutes. I can’t wait for you to get started!

Did you enjoy our list of Christmas gift tags? What type of gift tags are you using this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 6, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Comments

Mel says

Thanks for including my Ice Cream Gift Tags! Will definitely be checking all the others out! Mel 🙂

leslie says

A quick and easy way to recycle Christmas cards to make gift tags that are shaped like Christmas ornaments! Not your ordinary gift tags!

Hello, Kenarry readers! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage, and I’m back again this month sharing with you this quick and easy way to recycle Christmas cards to make gift tags.

But, these aren’t your ordinary Christmas gift tags. These upcycled Christmas card gift tags are made to look like Christmas ornaments! Now, how fun is that?!

I’m always looking for ways to recycle, reuse or repurpose old Christmas cards. I thought about making ornaments – done that. Thought about making garland – done that, too! And I even thought about making gift tags – which I’ve done a number of times.

Then, I thought, “What if I made Christmas gift tags that were shaped like Christmas ornaments?” Now, we’re talking!

How to recycle Christmas cards to make gift tags shaped like christmas ornaments

These ornament shaped gift tags really are the perfect way to recycle Christmas cards. So, save your cards (or buy them on clearance) and make these one-of-a-kind gift tags.

What you need:

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Tools Needed:

I made my ornament shaped Christmas gift tags from recycled Christmas cards using my Cricut Maker, but they could also be made using other cutting machines or using any shape. I even created a set of three Christmas ornament shapes that you can download and use as templates to cut out your gift tags.

If you are not using a Cricut to create your gift tags, you may also need:

Supplies Needed:

  • Christmas cards
  • ornament templates for Cricut (you’ll find the templates I used in Cricut Access here or you can use/create your own)
  • printable ornament templates

Tips for making your gift tags

Use your cricut

To make creating and cutting out these gift tags even easier and with perfect cut lines, use your Cricut cutting machine!

You can, of course, use Silhouette or your favorite cutting machine.

Use Cricut Access

Some of the images I used in the shared ornament template file (see the how-to card below) require you to subscribe to Cricut Access to use the images for free. Otherwise, you have to purchase the images. Subscribing will not only grant you access to over 100,000 images, but will help to fuel your creativity, too.

In case you’re curious, here are just some of the benefits of subscribing to Cricut Access:

  • Unlimited use of all fonts for cutting & writing in every project (over 500 fonts)
  • Get free economy shipping on all $50+ cricut.com orders
  • Save on cricut.com purchases & subscriber-only exclusives

So, have I convinced you yet to subscribe to Cricut Access?

use recycled christmas cards

This craft is a great way to upcycle or repurpose holiday cards. You can also purchase Christmas cards on clearance after Christmas at really great prices. So, save your old Christmas cards and use them to make these retro Christmas ornament shaped Christmas gift tags.

alternative method

If you don’t have a Cricut or other cutting machine – no worries. You can still create cute gift tags. Simply use the printable template, cut out the shapes, and trace them onto the backs of your cards.

Or be creative and trace your own shapes onto the backs of the cards and then cut them out with scissors or a craft knife for more precision cutting.