DIY Gift Tags and Mini-Garlands { RECYCLE QUICK TIP #13 }

DIY Gift Tags and Mini-Garlands hands holding garland with blossoms

I have an ongoing mini-series where I share quick and easy DIY tips with materials you most likely have at home. I call them Recycle Quick Tip and today I want to share how to make DIY gift tags and mini-garlands from packaging material.

What material to use for DIY gift tags and mini-garlands

Well you can basically use everything you can find. The material should be a bit more sturdy than a magazine page. I often use paper packaging from:

  • old Kleenex boxes – they often come with pretty prints
  • catalogue covers
  • old tea packaging
  • cereal boxes
  • chocolate boxes
  • old calendars
  • tickets
  • postcards
  • coupons
  • etc.

You get the idea. You could cut the tags all by hand but that would be rather tedious. Over the years I bought a few punches with different motives. I love my round one for big fancy garlands. The tiny triangle one makes great little garlands I can send in a letter. The gift tag has been part of my wedding save the dates. You can find punches at Amazon or any local scrapbook shop.

DIY Gift Tags and Mini-Garlands gift tags pattern

What to use the Gift tags for

When and how to use the garlands is rather self explanatory – for birthdays, for celebration for cake topper…

But, maybe you are just like me and never actually use gift tags on presents. I mean they do look nice and I love making them but I rarely have to hand over so many presents that I can not remember which one goes to whom. So I brainstormed a few more ideas where they could come in handy

  • Mini-notes for your loved one
  • Tags to add to objects to learn vocabulary
  • book marks
  • add-ons in letters
  • labels for the advent wreath
  • etc.

This is a quick DIY you can even do during your next zoom call – make sure to turn off camera and maybe mute yourself. I often do that when I just need to listen to something. What have you been lately creating?

Happy punching


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