Merry And Bright Gift Tag
Use rich shades of red and cream to give this tag a classy look. What better way to present a gift to someone you love!
By: Sandra Brown
Skill Level: This card craft is fun for moms and kids (age 7 and up) to do together. Moms may want to precut the paper and then help guide the child in assembling the card. And remember to get input from creative kids! Plus, if you're looking for just-for-mom time, put on some holiday music and make a few cards on your own.
What You Need
- 2 paper tags
- red cardstock in a deep rich color cut to 4 ½” x 2 ¼”
- patterned paper in shades of red (preferably polka dots) cut to 3 ¾” x 2”
- tan acrylic paint
- foam brush
- ribbon in assorted shades and patters (use creams and reds)
- silk or paper flowers with leaves (cream)
- 2 paper brads (fasteners)
- paper trimmer or scissors and ruler
- adhesive like double-sided sticky tape and glue dots
- darning needle
What You Do
- Glue red 4 ½” x 2 ¼” red cardstock to tag
- Use acrylic paint sparingly to paint all edges of tag including a perimeter around the red. Let paint dry thoroughly.
- Rub sandpaper on the tag to give it a distressed look. You want some of the red card stock to show through the paint.
- Glue patterned paper to red cardstock.
- Using the darning needle, poke a hole into left hand side of tag, approximately ¾” from the edge of the tag.
- Poke brad (fastener) through center of flower(s) and leaves then put through hole you made on left hand side of tag. Make sure to spread prongs out in the back.
- Stamp, hand write, use your computer or labeler to make the words “Merry” and “Bright!” on the bottom of the second shipping tag. Cut to approximately 1 ¾” x ¾”. Glue to tag.
- Use darning needle to make a hole on top right hand side of tag.
- Cut three lengths of ribbon (vary lengths, with the longest no more than 4”). Stack pieces one on top of the other and push darning needle through. Push brad through stack of ribbons and stick through hole made on top right hand side of the tag.
- Fan ribbons out as desired and then spread prongs out in back.
- You can purchase colored brads or use standard brass and paint with tan acrylic paint)
- Using textured cardstock gives you tag a classy look.
- Inking the edges of each piece of cut paper gives a nice finished look. You can use specialty inks or a brown or black marker.
- Use your creativity in picking out your colors and papers.
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