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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tipsy Tuesday: Old Cards as Gift Tags

I have always been extremely cheap when it comes to gift-wrapping.  I never throw away a gift bag or box, ribbon, or un-torn tissue paper (well…seldom).  (It is organized nice and neat in my craft closet, though!  No hoarding here.)

Anyway, I never ever buy gift tags.  I'd much rather repurpose Christmas cards from the previous year.  Here are a few examples.

I just love this one.  Instead of using a bow, I used the whole front of the card as decoration and a tag.  (Shout out to Erica L. – it was her card last year.)
Repurposed Christmas cards as gift tags

I attached it with a ribbon taped to the back of the box so it could hang over to the front.repurposing Christmas cards

Here’s another one where I used the whole front of the card.  But instead of attaching it with ribbon, I taped the inside of it at the top so it wouldn’t be seen from the outside.thrifty gift tagsCome to think of it, this is a good idea to do with birthday cards, too, for the front of birthday gift bags.  How many times do you have no tag on a bag, the kid threw the card aside, and you don’t know who the gift is from?homemade gift tags

This one I’ve kept for years (for Michael).  I cut the shape out of the front of a card and attached it with thin ribbon.frugal gift wrapping

I used my circle-cutter to cut this one out, but you can certainly use scissors, too.  041
Oh, and while that glitter ribbon (the one that the tag is attached with) is super cute, I don’t recommend it!  After lamenting over the fact that glitter will now be in my house for years (because I used it on a lot of the other gifts), one of my friends laughed that my kids are going to look like they were cuddled by strippers.  OMG, that’s hilarious!

This is another one cut from the front of a card, and I attached it with a cool safety pin that came from the tag of some jeans I recently bought. green christmas wrapping
gift tags
green christmas
And this one is just the blatant reuse of a tag from last year.reusing christmas cards‘Cause guess what…no one cares.  Winking smile christmas cards as gift tags

So there you go.  You have permission to be that family member who’s digging through the Hefty bag of wrapping paper for all of the perfectly good bows and tags.  And you don’t have to feel guilty about throwing away cards (because you’ll save them in your craft box for next year). 

Happy wrapping, y’all!!!
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1 comment :

  1. Hi!
    I found your blog on an all Texas blog roll. I think its called Texas-blogging-gals. (I could be wrong on the spelling). Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hi to a fellow N.Texan. Great tips and GREAT blog!


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