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!
Why it’s cool:
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
- Cutting Surface
- Hole Punch
- Gift Tag Template
- Wrapped Presents
STEP 1: Print Template:
Print it out on a piece of cardstock, then cut along the outer edge.
Step 2: Size Images:
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:
Cardstock will give the gift tags more stability and flexibility than regular paper.
Use your best “photo settings” for your printer.
Step 4: Trim:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Take it further
- Make image transfers on to wooden gift tags for extra special keepsakes.
- Make photo gift tags in alternative shapes like Christmas trees or snowflakes.
- Display your photo gift tags in an old frame for holiday cheer year round.
Thanks to sweetpaul.com for the sweet idea!