easy Christmas tags

I made a stack of Christmas tags this afternoon, using a large tag punch and some old Christmas cards.

making gift tags

Choose cards that are light colored so they are easy to read. Cards with a slick finish are shiny and pretty, but don’t work well with ink pens and some felt markers.

making gift tags

Cards may need trimming to fit in the punch in a way that makes them oriented properly when punched.

making gift tags

The tags could easily be dressed up with glitter, ink, ribbon, etc., to make them even better.

making gift tags

Another good way to recycle old Christmas cards. I’m glad I saved mine!



  1. Posted October 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Darn, I wish I would have seen this sooner. I was saving cards for years. Just last week I gave them to the art person at Mom’s nursing home so she could use them with the residents. I could have saved a few. Oh well, there’s always this years, ha.

  2. Posted October 15, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Lovely tags ♥ and a good idea!

    Thanks for shearing ☺

  3. Mary
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Those are so cute!

  4. Bren
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Love them. They look so professional.

  5. Susan
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Where do you get a large punch such as the one you used? Are they in the commercial craft stores? Great idea! I hate to throw away the pretty cards – including very modern designs that I love.

  6. Posted October 16, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Susan, I got that punch on amazon.com. Here’s a link.


    I was going to use it to make invitations for our open house, but decided on another design. But I’m glad I got the punch. I’ll use it for a lot of things. This little project was fun. ~~Rhonda

  7. Festive
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I have used christmas cards for gift tags for years, but have never used a large punch. i have just always used scissors and my own imagination to create any shape! I will definitely be purchasing one of those!

  8. Posted October 30, 2011 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    What a creative idea, thanks for sharing.

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