DIY HOLIDAY PROJECTS ON A BUDGET
If you’ve ever received a gift from me, you know I taking wrapping very seriously. I love a good cloth ribbon and coordinated paper but even more, I like to create gift tags that can be used as Christmas tree ornaments or activities for children. Here are my favorite tags I’m giving out to my family members this year.
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This one is super easy to make and just requires printer paper, hole punch, a small ribbon and a crayon. Here’s the link for the file you can download for free with these coloring pages all included. Once you’ve printed the pages, here are your next steps.
Cut each page in half and then in thirds until all images are on a separate sheet, facing the same direction.
Use a hole punch to make two equidistant holes in the top. Then string a ribbon, tied with a crayon through the holes and tie onto the gift.
Along the same lines, this one is a little sturdier, so it can hold more crayons. I’d actually use these as stocking stuffers too. In addition to scissors and tape, here are the supplies you need:
Use a permanent marker to embellish the snowman and write the child’s name. Then cut a slit through which you can secure the crayons. Use tape to keep the crayons in place on the back. I used double-sided tape on the front and the back to keep them in place.
I had a ton of little bags of M&Ms left over from Halloween, but you can use basically any candy. I sorted through and pulled out all the red ones, though red & green would be cute too! I filled a cellophane bag half-way with the candy and tied with a red ribbon.
Then I used a paint pen to write the receiver’s name on a mini ornament and tied it to the package.
This one is for my father-in-law. He’s going to love it!
I keep every wine work from every bottle I’ve ever consumed with friends or family. I write the date, occasion, and with whom I shared the bottle on the cork and then I toss it into a large vase. Recently, it occurred to me that some of these corks may be better off with the other person. For instance, if you’ve got a champagne cork from your niece’s wedding, this is the perfect way to reuse it and show her you love her. To attach string, I bent a metal ornament hook and pierced the top of the cork, creating a hook. I secured with hot glue. Then I painted this ornament, to match her decor but these would also look great in their original hues.
Using my trusty paint pen, I wrote the receiver’s name on the cork front. Then I added a little sprig of holly from a wreath that was destined for the garbage and strung a piece of red yarn through the hook.
Here’s a super simple one. Instead of using the pipe cleaners to create reindeer antlers, why not jazz up your candy canes with construction paper moose antlers? The wider antlers provide plenty of space on which to write the receiver’s names and they’ll be so happy to get candy. No glue required!
I’ve been making these for years! Any time a branch falls down in my yard, I collect it and let it dry out. Then I use my compound miter saw to slice it into 1/2” thick pieces. If that sounds too complex for you or you don’t currently hoard brush like I do, you can also buy pre-sliced wood. These are a bargain! Less than $1 each and they have holes pre-drilled!
Since mine don’t have holes, I just use hot glue to adhere an ornament hook to the back of each slice.
Some years, I pull out my wood burner and burn each person’s name into the wood. This year, I chose a simpler approach: stamps and paint. Either way, here are the items you’ll need;
Here’s what you need:
1 cup cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons glue
Mix the ingredients to create a dough. Roll out on a covered surface (cinnamon will stain!). Use cookie cutters to get the shape. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours.
Here’s one last idea. This would make a cute gift tag for Mom (moms love cookie cutters, don’t they?) or you could string up a bunch and make garland. Just spray paint some Christmas-themed cookie cutters to match your decor and use yarn or twine to hang them.
You could tie this bow around the cookie cutter and that serves as your gift tag. OR you could just give the cookie cutter as a gift.
I used baker’s twine on the cookie cutters then tie them at varying lengths for the garland. For the garland length, I like this really chunky yarn. It’s textural and adds a little special knit quality. I also use it as garland on the tree. My “tablecloth” is actually a scarf. Because tablecloths are expensive and you can get a large scarf for under $20. See below!
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