I’m breaking away from my typical approach of embellishing gifts with ribbon or string of some sort to share a different idea: decorative tape. I posted last month about this simple technique for making your own washi tape. For this book-loving friend I just applied a piece of double sided tape to an old book page (I use the same old reader’s digest for all these projects so don’t freak out at me about destroying a book), then cut it out and used it to adhere the tag. You could do something similar with any type of paper–tissue paper, notebook paper, wrapping paper, sheet music, maps, even ribbon!
And if you’re looking to get your craft on this weekend, my friend Cassie shared with me this cute idea for making your own tags. She used markers to trace flowers onto vintage dress patterns (you could use any thin paper), then cut them out and decoupaged them to brown kraft paper that she’d cut into tags. A hole punched in the corner makes them easy to attach to any gift bag or package.
Cute, right? You could churn out a bunch in one crafting session and BAM, personal touch on every gift. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby you could get a similar look with less effort by cutting up some of their seasonally-decorated paper bags
A couple notes in case you missed the last few posts:
- I buy my paper from Home Depot–a huge roll is only $10 in the paint aisle. You can also buy it in smaller, more expensive quantities at craft stores or with the shipping materials in grocery or drug stores or you could even cut up paper grocery bags if you’re a total Martha.
- This year I’m using free printable gift tags from here on all my packaging. I just printed them out on cardstock, cut them out, and punched a hole in each. Voila!
- This particular type of brown paper does well with tape as long as I run my nail across it to create a good seal, but if tape just won’t stick to your paper try using hot glue instead.
PS: Click here to read all my posts about gift wrap (this one will be at the top but just scroll down to see them all)