Christmas Projects: Gift Tags

Although I used to go all out when wrapping gifts, in recent years I’ve become … let’s say …  somewhat busier and lacking time for such frippery. In fact, lately, my answer to labeling packages at Christmas has been simply to pull out my black or red Sharpie and scribble directly onto the wrapping paper. Frankly, it kills me to spend money on this stuff.

I’m still lacking time, but this week I had a sick boy home for two days with a fever, and whenever that happens he begs me to come up with things for him to do to pass the time at home while I’m working.

So, we made some simple gift tags from recycled (repurposed?) paper. Not fancy. Not fine. But fun, useful, and it couldn’t be easier.

Gift Tags Project: Repurposed Grocery Bag Gift Tags Project: Repurposed Grocery Bag

Yep. It’s a paper grocery sack, cut roughly into squares and stamped with my two Christmas stamps. My mother-in-law gave me the snowman when she retired from teaching third grade. The tree stamp is one we bought to make gifts about five years ago. I love it when we can do a project without buying anything new.

Gift Tags Project

I’m not sure why, but I love the paper that grocery sacks are made from. Maybe it was all those years I covered my schoolbooks with them. Anyway, if you follow the folds of your grocery sack, you’ll basically cut squares. It wasn’t at all important to me that they be perfectly square or all the same size, or anything like that.

Stamping Gift Tags

Lucas did a great job stamping these. They need only a “To:” and a “From:” added, don’t you think? (There’s a job for my Sharpie!) If you wanted to, you could get fancier and paint on some glitter or something.

Gift Tags

Voilà! We’re one tiny step closer to being ready for Christmas.

2 Responses to “Christmas Projects: Gift Tags”

  • Liz
    December 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Nice. I love how photo-heavy your blog is. I just really enjoy that aspect.

    Hey, speaking of recycling, do y’all still want an envirocycle composter or a worm farm box? I can fit one or the other into my car when I come to Sac for Christmas.


  • Sara
    December 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Liz, I am crazy for taking photos right now. I’m finding I sometimes don’t have any words, but can say what I want to say with a photo. It’s the first time in my life that’s ever happened. Thanks for reading! And yes, I’d LOVE to give your composter and worm farm a home. xxoo


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