We have been busy making a collection of bright and festive Christmas gift tags.
I spotted Nora’s gorgeous seed bead gift tags via Eighteen25 and thought that this was a wonderful idea we could try. Nora blogs over at Just Make Stuff, a blog full of eye candy and inspiration, definitely worth checking out.
This year, inspired by Nora’s gift tags, my older children created some seed bead gift tags. Miss Three had her own special version of gift tags to create. Miss Three wanted to “glue gems”, so we set her up with some pre -cut sparkly Christmas trees for her to decorate with gems and then use on our gift tags.
Seed bead Christmas gift tag:
My three children busily creating this years gift tags.
I slightly modified Nora’s process for creating these gift tags, purely to make it easier for my children.
Here is what we did:
Use a hole punch to cut a shape out of a manilla card (or Christmas shape). Cut a piece of clear contact that will completely cover the area of the hole punched shape. Apply seed beads to the contact piece (trying not to stick beads to the edge of the contact piece)
Pop another piece of contact over the top of the seed beads. As Miss Seven said “it’s like making a fairy pillow” .
Use clear sticky tape to secure the edges of the contact piece (containing the beads) to another manilla card. We placed the hole punched card onto this second card and marked some reference points as to where the hole punch shape would be on this second card (to help place the seed beads covered in contact).
Using double sided foam tape, secure the hole punched card over the card containing the seed beads.
Master Five was quite particular about his bead placement. He poured a small amount of beads into the lid from the bead containers and gently poured them onto his contact pieces.
One of the first tags my older two children made were gingerbread person gift tags. Pictured below is a photo of the back of one of these tags before another gingerbread shape was secured to the back of this.
The front of the seed bead gingerbread person gift tags:
Some of the other seed bead gift tags created (a strip of Washi tape was added to the tag on the left):
The gift tags featured below are pre-cut ornaments I purchased from our local craft store. We punched some shapes into these.
We used the Christmas trees Miss Three decorated on some manilla tags. Miss Three made some sparkly glue dots to add to some of the gift tags. Miss Seven used a roller stamp (featuring red bows) across some of our gift tags.
To create the sparkly dots: I cut some double sided foam dots into strips. I peeled off the backing to reveal a strip of sticky dots. Miss Three covered this sticky strip of dots with glitter.
Miss Seven helped make some 3D Christmas tree gift tags too.
First task was to hole punch some Christmas tree shapes.
Once we had several trees. Miss Seven folded them in half (pattern side facing inwards).
Glue one half of a tree to another half of a tree to create the effect below (we placed a small peg at the top of each tree while the glue was drying.
Some of our 3D Christmas tree gift tags:
We’re really looking forward to adding these gift tags to our Christmas presents this year. I think they are going to complement our homemade gift wrap too.