punch gift tags from recycled paper

punched gift tags

A recent party faux pas made me examine my gift-wrapping habits. Me: “Did you open the hurricane candles yet?” Birthday girl: “No. Is that what you gave me?” Me: “What? Ummm, no. Forget about that. Shoot! Sorry, I didn’t put a tag on it.”

My MO for years has been throwing a gift into a handled paper bag, making the ’80s tissue meringue on top, and flying out the door without putting a card or tag on the prezzie. I take pride in picking thoughtful gifts, so the outside should reflect that, dang it! I’ve begun my reformation by turning last year’s calendar, designed by Jessica Swift, into gift tags. I made a batch using a tag-shaped punch (with three sizes), a small hole punch, and hemp cord.

I went with the archetypal tag silhouette, but the craft store has tons of punch patterns, like lace, scallops, and hearts. Check out these creative hangers on Etsy for more inspiration, then craft some with your own stash of maps, fashion mags, cardboard, and other pretty papers.

6 Etsy gift tags

Product info clockwise from top left: Red Elephant Creative // Morrell Decor // Real Dreams // The Beetle’s Knees // El y Ella Paper Designs // Erinbit.

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