I've always loved paper. In elementary school, I even started a company called Creativity Ink, designing and selling exorbitantly priced stationery to my family. I think my paper obsession also played a role in my desire to become a writer—a blank page just calls to me.
Around the holidays, this love takes the form of gift wrapping. I usually end up wrapping all my gifts in one or two papers with complementary ribbons and tags. Sometimes a ribbon catches my eye and I assemble the rest of the wrapping to match. Other times I come up an idea for a gift tag and go from there.
Making your own gift tags is easy and inexpensive. And it will impress your family and friends. Here's how to do it.
twine or ribbon
Right now I'm into rustic, earthy textures and colors (browns, reds, paper bags, burlap, twine), so that's my theme for this batch. (Full disclosure: Paper Source does NOT sponsor this blog. On the contrary, I may personally keep them in business...)
Business cards are the perfect size for gift tags. They're also cheap. You can snag a pack of 25 for $2 here. Snip the corners on one side of the card (see above). Punch a hole between the cut corners. Now it's time to design.
I like to use stamps. (Here's where you can find put the kettle on and joyeux noel.) Mix and match your stamps, stamp colors and tag colors.
Some of my favorite holiday stamps are no longer for sale, but here are a few cute ones: snowflake, white Christmas, reindeer, skis, owls.
Once you finish stamping, loop twine or ribbon through the hole. Now you're ready to wrap.
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.