I hate buying those silly sticker Christmas tags. But making a handmade simple Christmas tree gift tag? That's brilliant and just about the cutest Christmas craft I could do!
And just think about it, if you make these out of nice cardstock and write neatly, you can actually reuse these beautiful free printable Christmas tags year after year. Which is so cool I don't even have words--like heirloom Christmas tags, starting a tradition.
Simple Christmas Tree Gift Tag
I mean, I know that some of the tags will get beat up and won't last year after year, but you have to admit that having a beautiful gift tag is something that makes any gift just that much more personal and heartfelt.
Which is what I like about working so hard to make gift tags. Personalizing gifts, nestling them in gift wrap and making them more meaningful is what it's all about. It's one thing that my kids will remember--not necessarily the silly toys or the socks that were in the package, but that it was wrapped with care and a gift tag and they got to shred the wrapping paper with wild abandon while mamma laughed.
So, I'm making an absurd number of gift tags this year--and cutting them all on my Cricut so I don't get carpal tunnel doing it! HA!
What You Need to Make Simple Christmas Tree Gift Tag
For both methods you'll need:
- Plain Cardstock
- Glue (dots, runner, foam)
For Cricut you will also need:
- Light Grip Mat
- Weeding tool
- Patterned Cardstock
How to Make Simple Christmas Tree Gift Tag
No matter if you're using a cutting machine or not, you're going to need to download and unzip the files, so start there.
If you're using your Cricut, go ahead and load the cut files for your paper gift tag into Cricut Design Space, drop in the mat and cut the tag pieces. Then just glue the tree to the tag and then attach the pearl to the top of the tree.
See?! So simple!
If you're not making this printable gift tag with the Cricut, you can just print the tag on white paper. Then cut around the tags and punch a hole in it.
Whenever you've reached this point, just slip the ribbon on and put your new gift tag on your presents. Easy peasy!
What Else Can You Do With a Christmas Gift Tag?
I have had SO MANY ideas for what else you can do with gift tags and I can't wait to share these ideas, because, frankly, they're genius.
- You can put these free gift tags on Christmas Cards with a pretty Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays under the tag.
- Pop a holiday gift tag on a batch of cookies and gift them to your kid's teacher!
- Drop a gift card in an tin of mints and wrap it with some butcher paper--then add this gift tag for a fun gift card gift box!
What's the Best Way to Store Christmas Tags for Next Year?
Ok. So, I'm really excited about making a bunch of Christmas tags this year and then being able to use them year after year. That's just something I thought would be really neat for the kids--one more thing that they can remember one day is "those tags mom always used". So, I've been thinking about how to store them so they'll be ready to use again next year (despite being stuffed in the attic all year). Here's some options I've come up with:
- Put the gift tags flat in a rectangle tupperware container, with some tissue paper so that they dont' bounce around and damage the corners.
- Stick the gift tags in a manilla envelope with a piece of cardboard to give it some rigidness so it won't bend the tags.
- Add them to a file folder system in your office (if you have one).
- Put the gift tags in a zipper baggie and lay them on bottom of your box where you store your ornaments. This is probably the least safe way to save them, but it is an option.
Now, because these gift tags are so amazingly fun and easy, be sure to pin them to your favorite Christmas crafts board on Pinterest so you can find them fast when you discover you need more!