Creative Ways to Use Handmade Holiday Tags

Today I am sharing six ways to use handmade holiday tags and two ideas for superbly detailed tags that will take their breath away!

We all know that you can really dress up a package with a gift tag. But today I am sharing six other ways to use handmade holiday tags to really elevate your holiday gifting and décor. Every year I look forward to making tags – today I am sharing just two of the many I have already made – and I LOVE these mini projects for lots of reasons.

One is that because of their smaller size, you can really add tons of detail because you are putting everything into a smaller area. Even the littlest detail has big impact so you get a lot more bang for your “buck”. 

Another is that you use less supplies while still creating something truly unique, gorgeous and special. I LOVE using up all my little scraps for the tinier details on these projects and it’s always a great end-of-the-year cleanout for me!

And another is these projects are so well suited to mass production. You can cut all the little pieces in batches and then just plop down with one design at a time and make a stack while you soak up the latest binge-worthy program on TV.

Now, let’s get into the ways to use handmade holiday tags that you might not have thought of!

1. Make a holiday tag garland. This is one of my favorite things to do with tags that aren’t necessarily complete – missing a little detail here and there – or ones that are leftover one-offs from how I use them. Simply tie a few onto a length of ribbon, heavier twine or even in between bulbs on a string of lights and you have the cutest, most charming little decoration!

2. Use holiday tags as ornaments. Decorate your tree, your mantle, your windows, your door – these delightful little works of art are so decorative they make the perfect adornments around the house!

3. Use to identify gift recipients. Choose one specific holiday tag design per person and tie the same tag on each gift or gift bag. This is particularly beautiful if you wrap all your gifts in plain white or kraft paper and gift bags are easy to find in these two colors, too. People will figure out that the reindeer tag is for Bob, the Santa tag is for Mickey, the Elf tag is for Cody, etc. It’s a fun way to identify the gifts and makes them SUPER special!

4. Make an instant card! Simply pop one of these onto a piece of folded card stock and you have a card in literally seconds. If you want to take it up a notch, coordinate your design with a pattern from the Ho Ho Ho Paper Pad for some extra detail.

5. Use as place cards. Even though not many people assign seating any more, place cards are still a fun – and FAST – way to decorate a holiday table. You could even set a place for the person whose gifts you tied up with the tags and see if people figured it out!

6. Turn a tag into a gift card holder. Add a little pocket on the back, tuck in a gift card and either add to a gift, hand out as thank yous or pop on the tree for people to find.

OK – now you’ve got these creative ways to use handmade holiday tags, let’s make some!  I am sharing some tips and tricks just for these two designs. You should feel free to experiment, play and customize your designs to your creative heart’s content!

Tag Base and Frames

  • Use white cardstock to cut the tag bases. 
  • Emboss one of the white tag bases using a snowfall embossing folder.  Note: I left one plain for a different look. 
  • Cut the second set of tags using red and green cardstock.
  • Place the red tag up on the cutting plate, line up and secure the rectangle die in place with mounting tape and run through the machine to cut the frame opening. Repeat this step with the green tag and oval die.
  • Use white cardstock to cut deckle hill sections for the ground snow layers.

Learn several ways to use handmade holiday tags like this cute little snowman scene made with die cuts.

Snowman Tag

For this tag I used the Holiday Tags, Winter Snowmen, Evergreen Trees, Deckle Hills, Nested Rectangle, Wreath Set and Small Birds.

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the red frame and attach it to the embossed tag base.
  • Use the tag die cut cut the snow layer to make it match the bottom of the tag and attach it to using mounting tape.
  • Cut the snowman parts using white, red, green, black and orange cardstock and assemble and attach the pieces together using glossy accents.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the evergreen trees and run them through the straight line crimper.  Note:  Sadly I can’t find any store that carries crimpers to link for you.  They might have just stopped making them as they are old school.  But I love mine and the dimension it adds to my projects to I will keep using it as long as it works. LOL!  
  • Apply dots of falling snow to the trees and snowman using a tiny tipped brush and white acrylic paint.
  • Place the tallest tree inside the frame and attach it to the tag base using a piece of mounting tape.
  • Attach the smaller trees and snowman to the snow base and frame using pieces of mounting tape. 
  • Finish by cutting one small red bird and attaching it to the sky using a small piece of mounting tape.

Come get a bunch of ways to use handmade holiday tags like this sweet little winter scene of a baby deer.

Deer Tag

For this tag I used the Holiday Tags, 5004d, Deer Family #2, Evergreen Forest, Deckle Hills and Cardinals.

  • Use green cardstock to cut the evergreen forest.
  • Apply tiny pop dots to the top back of each evergreen tree and double stick tape along the bottoms and attach them to the tag base.
  • Trim the snow layer and attach it to the tag base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the tag base.
  • Use cream cardstock to cut the deer and apply a light shade of brown ink using a mini applicator.
  • Attach tiny pieces of greenery and a red punched circle to the deer neck using glossy accents.
  • Use a piece of mounting tape to attach the deer to the tag front. 
  • Use green cardstock to cut several holly branches and red cardstock to punch out circles for berries.
  • Attach the circles to the holly and then attach the holly branches to the top of the tag.
  • Finish by cutting two cardinals using red cardstock and attaching them tot he sky area and snow layer.

Do you love to make holiday tags as much as I do but may need a little inspiration?  You can check out my All the Tags I’ve made over the years if you need an extra boost for ideas. 

I just thought of a seventh way to use these! I have always enjoyed creating tag gift sets with three or four in a set to have on hand for when I needed a little something to give a friend. Gather a few in a little box or paper packet and you’ve got something giftable that you KNOW they need!

Here are the things I used to make today’s two tags:

 
5514-02D Holiday Tags Die
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5337-03D Winter Snowmen Die
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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Nested Rectangle Die Cut Set 5003D
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Nested Oval Die Cut Set 5004D
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5514-08D Deer Family #2 Die
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5514-05D Evergreen Forest Die
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5217-02D Cardinals Die
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations…
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Da Vinci Nova Brush – Round, Short…
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Liquitex Acrylic Gesso – White, 8 oz…
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Scrapbook.com – Magic Mat – Standard…
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Scrapbook.com – Magic Mat – Standard…
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Amazon.com : Dahle 550 Professional…
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Susan’s Garden Ultimate Tool Kit
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Amazon.com: 1000 Pieces Foam Sticky…
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Amazon.com: Mini Foam Dots…
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Amazon.com: Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
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Teflon Bone Folder, Bonefolder
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
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Amazon.com : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…
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Now you’ve got size ways to use handmade holiday tags, ideas for two different tags and hopefully a brain popping with ideas! So get crafting and have fun!

Cute and Fun DIY Gift Tags!

When I started down this path, I had NO idea that DIY gift tags are so hot this year! I haven’t dived into the “why” but I sure love the results because I think making tags is so much fun, they can be used so many ways and you can sure use up lots of scraps! Check out my three Snowmen Tags. These reindeer just have the cutest expressions on their faces and I love that these tags, with their tones of brown and outdoor theme, are perfect for masculine gifts or cards. Yes, that’s right – remember, you can add some trim to the tops of these tags and pop them on a card front for something truly unique!

To make these fun tags I used the Rubbernecker Nested Tag Stitch, Reindeer and Birds, Tabbed Birch Trees, Deckle Hills and Greenery #1.

two cute diy gift tags made using die cuts from Rubbernecker to create happy reindeer, winter greenery and beautiful miniature birch trees

The Tag Base

  • Cut the tag base using red cardstock and the largest tag die.
  • Cut the second layer using designer paper and the second sized tag.
  • Attach the designer paper tag to the red tag using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock and deckle die to cut the snow layer.
  • Use the smaller tag die to cut the bottom of the snow layer to make it match the designer paper tag.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the sides and bottom of the snow layer and attach it to the tag.  Note:  I leave the top section of the snow layer free from adhesive so I can tuck the trees and greenery in behind it.
  • Punch a hole in the top of each tag.

The Birch Trees and Greenery

  • Cut two sections of deckle hills and birch trees using white cardstock.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of gray to the notches on the birch trees.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the greenery sections.

One of today's reindeer themed diy gift tags showing a die cut reindeer in a wintry birch woods

The Reindeer and Birds

  • Cut the reindeer sections using brown, tan, white and light pink cardstock.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the birds, wings and scarves.
  • Attach the wings to the bird bodies using glossy accents and color the beaks using a black marker.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of brown ink on the deer bodies and head.
  • Assemble the antlers, ears and face sections and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach the scarves to the reindeer using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the heads and attach them to the bodies.

Finish the Tag

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birch trees and tuck them in behind the snow layers and attach to the tag base.
  • Use small pieces of mounting tape on the back of the reindeer to attach them to the front of the snow layers.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the birch trees.
  • Tuck the greenery sections in behind the snow layers and attach with glossy accents.

 

One of my diy gift tags showing an adorable die cut reindeer in his snowy bitch woods home all made using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Do you have DIY gift tags on your list to make this year? Have you chosen all your ideas and inspiration? I sure hope these adorable fellas make your list!  You may want to check out my Christmas Gift Tags for a more elegant set of tags.

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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Tabbed Birch Trees Die Cut 5167-02D
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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DIY gift tags are so much fun to make and look great on your gifts.

SUPER Cute Snowman Tags!

When I started these guys, I had no idea how adorable these snowman tags would turn out! Rubbernecker does such an incredible job of designing and including all those little extra elements that make adding so much detail to projects like this SO EASY! These are so cute that I am thinking they would even be the perfect things to be the only focal image on a Christmas card. Or……..ORNAMENTS!!!  Can you just picture one of those tabletop trees with a few of these on it? AND what about grouping some together in little sets and giving them as gifts? People LOVE gifts they can use and these snowman tags would be just perfect!

To make these tags I used the Nested Tag Stitch, Winter Snowmen, Santa Mini, Christmas Mini, Greenery #1, Tiny Leaves #1, Reindeer and Birds (just the birds) and Deckle Hills.

a set of three snowman tags made using die cuts showing different holiday themed scenes

The Tag Base

  • Use the largest tag die to cut three red tag.
  • Cut the designer paper tag layers using the next largest tag.
  • Cut three deckle snow layers using white cardstock.
  • Place each snow layer on the cutting platform, line up the bottom of the second sized tag and cut.  Note:  I love to make the stitched edges of the background tag layer and snow layer match up. 
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the designer paper tag layer and attach to the red tag layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the snow layers and attach them to the tag base.
  • Use a 1/4″ circle punch to punch the hole for the tag tie.
  • Punch out a red 1/2″ circle, place on the cutting platform, line up the stitched circle die and run through the die cutting machine to cut. Note:  The tag hole die is made to cut the hole for the tag and it is great to use for a single layer tag.  But it is a little too difficult to cut the hole in two tag sections to make them line up perfectly. It is just easier to punch out the 1/4″ hole and create the covers.
  • Attach the tag cover to the cover the hole using glossy accents.

 

One of today's snowman tags made from die cuts from Rubbernecker loaded with details like tiny mittens, a snappy top hat and miniature cardinals

The Snowmen

  • Cut the snowmen and accessories using red, white, orange, brown and black cardstock.
  • Assemble the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents. Note:  I place the small pieces like the nose, eyes, mouth and buttons on my molding pad because it makes them easier to pick up with my tweezers.
  • Cut tiny leaves using green cardstock, form them with your fingers and attach them to the snowmen hats and scarves using glossy accents.
  • Use a 1/8″ circle hole punch to punch out tiny red circles and attach them to the leaves using glossy accents.  Note:  I love to add a touch of Christmas whimsy by embellishing the snowmen with holly and berries.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the snowmen, tuck them in behind the snow layer and attach to the tag base.

One of three adorable snowman tags showing a snowman warmly clad for a snowy scene all created using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Decorative Accessories

I love adding different elements to tags to make them more special than just having a snowman.  The tiny presents, wreath, birds and white sparkly greenery add so much more interest and it was so much fun to add different elements to each tag to give them their own personality.

  • Use red and green cardstock to the packages, wreath and birds.
  • Assemble the pieces using glossy accents.
  • Attach the present, wreath and birds to the tags using small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut greenery sections using white cardstock, apply Cosmic glitter glue to the branches and sprinkle with clear glitter.
  • Finish by tucking the sparkly branches in behind the snow layers and attach using glossy accents.  Note:  I didn’t add twine or ribbon to my tags yet so they would be easier to photograph.

another of today's snowman tags shpwing a little fellow delivering gifts in a snowy scene all thanks to to die cuts from Rubbernecker

Aren’t you just itching now to make your own versions of these snowman tags? Check out my Tag Category to see lots of other tags for the holidays.  Did you come up with other ideas as you were looking at this post? I love to hear how you used these inspirations in your own crafting so please feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5337-03D Winter Snowmen Die
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5338-01D Santa Mini Die
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5338-02D Christmas Mini Die
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
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Amazon.com: EK Tools Circle Punch,…
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Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue -…
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Dry Glitter – Clear Rock Candy,…
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What is more fun than making snowman tags to use on your gifts, hang on the tree or give away as holiday gifts.

DIY Christmas Gift Tags – SO Pretty!

Today I am sharing some simple and fast to make DIY Christmas gift tags that you can easily customize using whatever you have on hand. They use a pretty basic design and it’s in all the fun additions and choice of themes that make them so much fun. I was inspired by those people who wrap every gift – some all year round – with plain white or Kraft butcher paper and use the tags as the design feature. Some people even create certain tags for certain family members so they get to “scavenger hunt” for all those same tags to find their gifts.

Two easy to make DIY Christmas gift tags featuring small arrangements of die cut greenery and a simple heat embossed greeting

To make these tags I used the Rubbernecker Nested Tag Stitch, Holly, Greenery #2 and Magic of the Season.

One of my DIY Christmas gift tags made using a fast and simple grouping of die cut greenery, one bow and a stamped greeting

The Tag Base

  • Use the two largest tag dies in the set and red and white cardstock to cut the tags,
  • Stamp the sentiment on the white tag using Versamark and emboss with gold embossing powder.  Note:  I like to use super fine powder for sentiments. 
  • Apply adhesive on the back of the white tag and attach it to the red tag.
  • Use a 1/4″ circle punch to punch a hole in the top of the tag to use for tying the tag.  Note:  The tag set comes with a circle die but I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the holes to match up perfectly since I am using two layers.

The Foliage and Bow

  • Cut the holly and greenery branches using green cardstock and red cardstock for the holly berries.
  • Form the holly leaves using a leaf tool or tiny tipped stylus and molding pad.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the the red berries.   Note:  When I’m working with tiny die cuts like the berries I spread them out on my molding pad and pick them up with my reverse tweezers. Since the molding pad is spongy it allows the point of the tweezers to slide under the small piece to pick it up. 
  • Arrange the holly and greenery branches on the top corner of the tags and attach using glossy accents.
  • Finish by attaching a red multi loop bow.  Check out my Multi Loop Bow video tutorial if you would like to see how I made my bows.

simple die cut greenery and a heat embossed greeting from Rubbernecker make this one of my fast DIY Christmas gift tags

Does this make you want to add DIY Christmas gift tags to your holiday crafting lineup? These were so fast and easy to make.  Do you have any ideas bubbling up? I would love to hear how you apply these simple designs to your own crafting!

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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Holly #1 Die
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5217-04D Greenery#2 Die
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Magic of the Season 980-09
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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It is so much fun to make DIY Christmas gift tags.

Christmas in July Gift Tags

Now is the perfect time to start making tags for your holiday gifts.  Today I’m celebrating “Christmas in July” and looking back at some of my holiday gift tags with a fun assortment for everyone on your gift list.  These tags will look beautiful on gifts and can also be used as ornaments on the tree.  Over the years I have made gift tag sets like these to give to my friends for Christmas gifts and they are always appreciated. 

You can click on the title and group photo of each set to go back to my original post for the step by step tutorials.  I’ve placed links to both sets of tags at the bottom of this post. 

Christmas in July Die Cut Gift Tags

Come over to my blog to see how I made die cut gift tags.

Come over to my blog to see how I made fun die cut gift tags.

Come over to my blog to see how I made poinsettia die cut gift tags.

Come over to my blog to see how I made snowman die cut gift tags.

Come over to my blog to see how I masculine die cut gift tags.

Handmade Christmas Tags  

Come see how I made this group of handmade Christmas tags.

Come see how I made gnome handmade Christmas tags.

Come see how I made scenic handmade Christmas tags.

Come see how I made fun handmade Christmas tags.

Come see how I made pretty handmade Christmas tags.

Come see how I made handmade Christmas tags.

I hope you have been inspired to get busy with your crafty holiday stamps and dies.  Just think how happy you will be this winter to have your tags done and checked off your holiday “hustle and bustle” to do list.  You may want to hop over and check out Rubbernecker’s Christmas in July Category that has all their Christmas products in one place.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a good week. 

Christmas in July Group 1

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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Deer Family Die Cut 5162-10D
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5165D Tree in Oval
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Tabbed Birch Trees Die Cut 5167-02D
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5162-13D Snowman Die Cut
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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5202-07D Train Die Cut
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Poinsettia #2 5169D
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Holly #1 Die Cut 5162-08D
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5164D Pine Tree Forest
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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Christmas in July Group 2

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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5217-04D Greenery#2 Die
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5217-05D Winter Lamp Post Die
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5217-09D Gnome Couple Die
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5217-08D Christmas Tree cut away Die
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5217-07D Santa Stuck Die
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5217-06D Winter Coco Die
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Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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Cats Die Cut 5142-09D
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5173-01D Stitched Hills Die Cut
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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1231 Splatter Background
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3 Pine Tree Set – 689690694SO
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