Christmas Eve is tomorrow and most people will be putting the finishing touches to their wrapped presents. If you find you’ve ran out of gift tags and don’t want to battle the shops on Christmas Eve (trust me, I don’t blame you) then fear not because I have the perfect solution: DIY Gift Tags. They are so simple to make and only require a few items.

For this craft you will need…

Old Christmas cards, pencil, ruler (optional), scissors, hole punch and ribbon/string (not pictured)

Most Christmas cards have cool designs on that can easily be turned into gift tags. First of all you need to pick which card you want to turn into a tag first.


Looking at this card you can potentially make 2 tags out of this: one with the Christmas Wishes greeting on and the other with the carolling bears.

To mark out your shapes you want to hold the card up to a light back-to-front like so…

Then using a pencil roughly mark out what shapes you want and where you want them to be. Once you’ve made your marks, place the card on a solid surface and draw your lines more accurately (using a ruler if you want a straight edged tag).

Please ignore my horrific attempt at an oval

Now go through the same process with your other cards.

Now all you have to do is cut out your shapes using whatever scissors you want. You can use normal scissors or decorative scissors to give your tags a fancy edge.

Completed tags

Now that you’ve got all your tags cut out you can either leave them like that and just sellotape a corner to the present or you can use a hole punch to make a hole and thread through some ribbon or string and use that to attach it to your present.

And there you have it, an easy gift tag craft using old Christmas cards. It’s a great way to recycle Christmas cards that would otherwise just get thrown away. My mum’s been doing this for a couple of years now so I thought I’d share her craft with other people.


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