Making Gift Tags From Christmas Cards

Today was the day that I decided to either pitch my Christmas cards or recycle them.  I’d seen some cute gift tags in a magazine somewhere that had been made from old Christmas cards and I had been mulling over the idea of doing something like that this year.  But I couldn’t remember where I had seen the article.  How hard could it be, though?  I went online and did some searching around numerous “how-to” sites and saw that it was easy enough so here is my end result.

1.  First I took a tag punch that I had from my scrapbooking supplies.  This one is from Creative Memories but I know there are other ones out there readily available at craft stores.  You can also find templates to use, if you want to go a cheaper route, and then all you would have to do is center the template over the area of the card that you want to cut out, trace the tag outline and cut it out.  In my case, however, all I had to do was punch out my design.

2.  I cut the fronts off my cards I’d received and then culled the ones that wouldn’t work.  If they had glitter, they were pitched.  I didn’t want to get glitter all over everything.  If they had writing on the back of the design, they were out.  Obviously, I couldn’t write “From” and “To” info over someone’s news.  I also pitched cards that were 3-dimensional….probably not the right term but you know the kind….the ones that are rather bumpy.  It’s  hard to write on the backs of those.

3.  Next I trimmed sections from the cards that were larger than my punch and slipped them into the punch, maneuvering them until I had it situated over the design that I liked.  A quick squeeze and my tag was punched out.

4.  Now all I had to do was grab a hole punch and punch holes at the top of each gift tag.  That was simple enough.  NOTE:  My very first student worker (and the one who was never surpassed by any of my other ones in subsequent years), who is now married and a mother of adorable children (how am I doing, Jill?) and who is very crafty herself, just informed me that my Creative Memories tag punch also has a hole punch built right into it.  So after I punch out the tag, I can stick it back in again where the hole punch is and punch again without having to get out my separate hole punch.  Thanks, Jill!

5.  The final step was just to store them in a spot where I could locate them for use next Christmas.  I put them with my Christmas cards I had purchased to send out next year.  When I’m ready to wrap presents next year, all I have to do is write the “From” and “To” info on the back of these tags and then thread a little ribbon through the holes and attach them to the presents.

And now I feel pretty good because I was able to  recycle the Christmas cards I received.  I always feel a little guilty about throwing them out every year so this is a nice compromise.  You might want to give it a try.  The only downside that I can see is that you wouldn’t have coordinated wrapping and tags, if you are the sort of person that would be bothered by this.  As for me, it doesn’t bother me a bit.

  • Jill

    Dee, FYI I have the Creative memories tag punch and there is a hole punch already on it. Put the end of your tag in the slot where the hole is and press the lever. 🙂

  • Jada

    Very neat, Dee! Your yearly Christmas cards and letters are in my CM Christmas album! I save all the Christmas cards that come with pictures and letters and put the card, pictures, and letters in an album. I may need to start another album soon!

    ~Jada

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