DIY: Make Photo Gift Tags That’ll Make Even Santa Jealous

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Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice. Adding photo gift tags makes everything nice!

What, you don’t remember that line?

Personalized photo gift tags makes exchanging gifts even more fun than it already is.

Trust us, this tutorial will have you singing along to your favorite Holiday tunes while adding style and personality to your gifts.

Forget the wrapping paper, this year we’re saving the tags!

How to Make Personalized Photo Gift Tags

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Why it’s cool:

ingred-smThese photo gift tags have as much personality as the people on your gift list.

A tag with a photo on it will bring a smile to their face before they even open your gift.

In under an hour, you can dress up even the loneliest lumps of coal under the tree.



  • Photos to Print
  • Printer
  • Cardstock
  • String
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Xacto
  • Cutting Surface
  • Hole Punch
  • Gift Tag Template
  • Wrapped Presents

STEP 1: Print Template:

paint-smFirst things first, we’ve made this handy template to help you make these awesome photo gift tags.

Download this gift tag template.

Print it out on a piece of cardstock, then cut along the outer edge.

Step 2: Size Images:

paint-smPick your favorite photo of each person on your gift list.

Edit the photos to your liking.

We chose black and white for a classic look, but color would also look really great.

Use any editing software to size your images.

For vertical images, make them 4″ tall by 2.25″ wide.

Horizontal images work, too. Just size them 4″ wide by 2.25″ tall.

Here are some tips on sizing images in Photoshop.

Step 3: Print:

paint-sm Print out your edited, sized photos on to cardstock.

Cardstock will give the gift tags more stability and flexibility than regular paper.

We lined our images up on one page to save paper.

Use your best “photo settings” for your printer.

Step 4: Trim:

paint-sm Use your scissors to trim your photos to the printed edge.

Cut each photo out and set it aside.

For a clean look, make sure you don’t leave any white space around the photo.

Step 5: Trace:

paint-sm Now it’s time to trace the gift tag template onto your images.

Flip the photo over, and trace the outline on the back of each image.

The side edges should line up perfectly, meaning you just need to trace around the scalloped edge of the tag.

Make a mark for the center hole.

Step 6: Cut:

paint-smUsing your Xacto knife and a cutting surface, carefully cut along the lines you just drew.

Take you time, and make smooth motions to ensure nice, rounded edges.

You can taper the sides coming down from the scalloped corners as well.

Now they’re really starting to look like tags.

Repeat this step for each photo gift tag.

Step 7: Punch:

paint-sm Use a hole punch to cut out a center hole for the string to go through.

Line up the dot you drew with the hole punch and punch away!

If you don’t have a hole punch, use your Xacto to carefully remove a center hole near the top of the tag.

TIP: Make sure you don’t punch your hole too close to the edge of the tag. To avoid rips, cut the hole at least 1/4″ in from the edge.

Step 8: Tie:

paint-sm Cut enough string for the number of tags you made.

Measure the string into 8″ sections.

Slip it through the center hole of the gift tags.

Make a knot out of the loose ends.

Step 9: Attach:

paint-smAttach your gift tags to your presents in your favorite method.

Tie them to the ribbon or bow or even tape them down if that works best.

Put them under the tree for everyone to enjoy!

Step 10: Enjoy:

paint-smPlace those fancy packages under your tree, in stockings, or just pass them out for everyone to enjoy.

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