Christmas Tree and Wreath Gift Tags and Cards

Use up your small extra pieces of holiday scrapbook paper or wrapping paper to make these fun gift tags!  Even better recycle your old holiday cards and green from magazines into gift tags! Or make them into beautiful Christmas card.

Materials:

  • 4 to 6 shades of holiday green paper (scrapbook paper)
  • Holiday card stock for back
  • Holiday green and or red card stock for back of tag
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper punch
  • Double side tape
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • String or ribbon
  • Optional: corner rounder
  • Recycled optional: old Christmas cards for tags and green paper strips from magazines

Directions:

For the wreath:

Gather up your green papers, and tear into strips about 1/8” wide.  Cut a piece of holiday card stock (you want to use card stock not paper since we will be gluing) to a size for a tag, mine is 2 1/2” by 3 1/4”.  Trace a circle (the size of the inside of the wreath) lightly on the card stock.  Run a thin line of Tacky glue on circle line.  Tear the long paper strips about 1/2” long varying the size, and glue int place, filling in the circle.

I try to mix the greens shades up!

When you have your wreath all filled in, make a small string bow and glue in place.

I used a corner rounder, and then inked the edge with green!  Cut a solid piece of card for back, punch small hole and ribbon.  With double sided tape attach to wreath to the tag.  If you want add a piece of white card stock to the back of the tag.

 

The wreath can be add on to a card, making a beautiful one of kind holiday card!  Or add them to your holiday scrap book pages.

 

How Christmas trees from torn paper!

This time leave the paper strip long, I like to start from the bottom and work up.  Tear the first bottom strip to the size you like (mine is about 2”), and the next strip just a little smaller and so on to the top.  I like to lay out my paper strips first and then glue int place.

You want to over lap each strip just a little.  And try to use different shades of green!

Add a small piece to the bottom as the tree truck, and maybe a star on top!!!

You can easily make a unique Holiday card, or add to your scrap book pages with this idea!

Or recycle your old holiday cards into gift tags!  I just cut out the parts of the card that I need, even used the holiday greetings from inside.  Then tear strip of green from a magazine!

From a old card to a gift tag!

Hope you are inspired to make these gift tags this holiday season!

Ribbon Flower

In just a few minutes you can make these sweet ribbon flowers!  Add one to your beach tote, gift bag, headband, a backpack or how cute on a pair of flip flops.  You will want to make more then one!!

Materials:

  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Candle or lighter
  • Scissors
  • Needle and matching thread
  • Button(s) for center

Directions:

I have 7/8″ ribbon cut into 7 one and half inch long petals, rounded one end.   Now you want to singe all the raw edges by holding them to a flame!  You can use a candle or a lighter, I like using a lighter!

With needle and thread, stitch the ends of each petal. I like to fold in half the straight end of the ribbon, then fold up each side (it makes a W) and stitch together.  You want to do the same to all the petals.

Now run the needle through the end of each petal, forming a circle.  I think the flower looks best if the “W” stitch is facing the same on all petals as you sew them together.  You may need to make a few small stitches each time you add a petal to hold in place.  If needed go around again, stitching each petal together!

Flip over and add a button(s) center!  This flower is 2 1/2″ when finished.

Your ribbon flower is ready for…a  hair clip or headband, sew a safety pin to the back and pin on a tote bag or backpack!

The first ribbon flower shown (the print one) the ribbon size is 1 1/2″ and I cut each petal 2 1/2″ long!

Beaded Wire Heart

Add a little love with these simple beaded wire hearts.  Embellish cards, gift bags, or make a Valentine center piece!

Materials:

  • Glass seed beads
  • Matching larger bead
  • 24 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions:

Cut your wire and curl around one end with needle nose pliers to stop the beads from coming off, start sliding beads on to the wire.

For a 2″ finished heart, you will need to start with about 10” of wire.

You want to have about 1 1/2” (or more) of just wire on each end.  Gently bend the wire in the center with equal number of beads on each side. Cut off the end that you curled up, and slide a larger bead though both wires.

Slide the larger bead all the to the smaller seed beads, take one of the wires and wrap around between the small seed beads and larger bead, you might have to cut off some the the wire!

Now take the other wire and curl it into a small circle with your needle nose pliers, and gently bend it towards to larger bead.  You only need about 1″ of wire, so you might need to cut the wire before curling it.  Or you can just bend the wire and wrap it, just like the other wire!

Now I know it’s not looking like a heart yet!!  With your fingers gently bend the wired wrapped end down into the center, and then shape with your fingers!

Done!!

I like to embellish cards with the beaded hearts!

I found the best way to attach the wire heart to the card stock is to sew it on!  With needle and matching thread, 3 to 4 small stitches, your card will be a kept sake!

For a Valentine center piece, I spray painted a small branch white, filled a bud vase with pearls, and hung red beaded hearts on the branches!

And I love adding them to a gift bag or gift box!

Hope you are inspired to make these simple hearts!

Coffee Filter Flowers

It’s so quick and easy to put together these beautiful coffee filter flowers.  They can be made in any size and can be used on gift bags, gift tags, or on a wreath!  These coffee filter flowers are stuning in white and the paint dipped coffee filter flowers are just as easy.

White coffee filter flower with inked edges

Paint dipped coffee filter flowers

 

Materials: for inked edge flower

  • Round Coffee Filters (white or unbleached)
  • Scissors
  • Small medal brads (decorative)
  • Optional ink pads, large needle, for paint dipped flowers acrylic paints

Directions:

Gently flatten out your filters, I like use a total of 8 to 12 filters for each flower. Start with 3 to 4 filters and fold in half, then fold in half again, you should have a triangle shade (this will be the first and largest layer).

With your scissors shape the larger end into a half circle petal, this is the first layer of the flower, so when cutting this layer you want to just round the edges.  For the middle layer, fold 3 to 4 more filters into the triangle shade, but this time cut a little  down into the filter (so this layer will be smaller).  For the center layer fold 2 to 3 filters into the triangle, cutting even smaller.

Inking the edges is an option, the flowers are elegant all white.  To ink, just run the ink pad over and over the edge until you have the color you want.

Any or all the layers can be inked, the possibilities are endless!

Putting it all together and making the flower:  Starting with the center layers unfold and with the tip of the scissors or a large sharp needle gently make a small hole in the center for the brad, push the brad through and do the same for the next two layers, closing the brad when done.

With the brad in the center, with your fingers gently start pulling and squishing each layer starting in the center.

The flower is ready for a gift bag /gift box or make a wreath.

I made smaller flowers for an added touch on the burlap covered foam ring.

 

Quick, easy and looks beautiful.

It is just as easy to make the paint dipped coffee filter flowers.  Remember coffee filters come in different cup sizes, making it so easy for small to large flowers.

Materials: for paint dipped flowers

  • coffee filters, white or unbleached
  • Acrylic paints ( I’m using burgundy, buttermilk, barn red and copper)
  • Brads
  • Scissors
  • Bowl(s)
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Optional gloves

Directions:

You are going to start by coloring the filters in watered down paint.  Mix each color or one at a time, in a bowl add about 2 tablespoons of paint and about 1/3 cup of water, mix and test to see if you like the color (add more paint or water if needed).  I find it faster to dip 3 to 4 filters at a time, take the filters and place in water-paint mix until they have soaked up color, squeezing out extra water-paint.  Gently pull apart and lay on newspaper to dry.

I like adding color to the edges on a few filters to make the flowers have more variation.

While the filter is still wet, gently fold the filter so you can dip just the edges.  Unfold and let dry.

I also like to add paint to edges after the filter is dry!  Pick a few and follow the steps from the white filter, folding and cutting.  Now just dip the cut edge into the paint, open and let dry.

Once all filters are dry, fold and cut to size, and arrange them in the order big to small for each flower.  I made all different sizes, some have 4 layers of the filters where some have 6 to 9, it’s up to you!

I like to mix the colors, making sure a few have the paint dipped centers.  Push the metal brad in the center and open the brad (I like to use my small scissor to start the hole for the brad).  Starting in the center, with your fingers gently squish up to filter, do this to each one until you have your flower.

Glue all the flowers on to a burlap covered foam ring for a wreath!

I love of all the possibilites for color combinations and holidays, celebrations and parties where these easy, unexpected beautiful flowers could be used!

Pick up extra coffee filters and get the kids to help!

 

Rick Rack Flowers

Can you believe these flowers are made from Rick Rack? They are so easy to make!

Materials:

  • Rick Rack (medium)
  • Matching felt
  • Hot Glue or Liquid Stitch Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothes Pin
  • Optional: Sewing Machine with matching thread

Directions:

To make a 2” flower, cut a 40″ long piece of Rick Rack (I used medium for the white flowers above), fold in half.  Start weaving the two pieces together, use clothes pin to hold the folded end to make it easier to weave.

There are two ways to make these beautiful flowers.  One is to glue and the other is to machine stitch the two pieces of Rick Rack together after woven into one strip.  I would do this if the flowers were going on a t-shirt or tote bag, or anything that would be going through the wash.  This is simple to do, you just sew down the center of the Rick Rack strip.

Or the other way is with glue; hot glue or Liquid Stitch glue (I love this stuff!).  Liquid Stitch is washable, but will take longer to dry than hot glue, so it really depends on what you are going to do the flowers.

Lets start making the flower.  Now that you have your strip 20″, start with the end that is folded and run a little line of glue and start rolling tight to make the center.

Keep wrapping the strip around with a little glue (what ever type you like), it is best to keep the glue on the bottom half of the Rick Rack.  Wrap until you have the size flower you want or you run out of Rick Rack.  When you come close to the end, fold the tail to the back (side that will not be seen) and glue in place.  The top of the flower should look like the one below.

This is the back, with tail glued.  Cut a circle of matching felt and glue to back.

With your fingers, pull back or roll back to outer rows to shape the flowers.  Play around until you get the look you want.

How pretty are these Rick Rack flowers? They are perfect on a headband, clip, tote bag or picture frame.

I used one package of Rick Rack to make all these flowers for about $1.70 (without a coupon) and a frame on sale for $4.00 and used clear adhesive dots to hold the flowers in place. It made a great {and inexpensive}  gift!

These pink flowers I used the jumbo size Rick Rack.  Below I have the medium size white, next to jumbo size pink.

How about putting a magnet on the back? Or a rick rack flower on gift tag or gift bag? These are so versatile!

 

Button Snowmen Gift Tags

Recycle your buttons and scrap card stock into these easy snowmen gift tags!

Materials:

  • Card stock paper: red, white, green
  • 2 white buttons with only two holes one smaller for head/larger one for body
  • White gel pin
  • String or ribbon
  • Double stick tape
  • Scissors and or paper cutter
  • Black felt (for hat)
  • Red string for snowman bow
  • Tacky glue
  • hole puncher
  • Optional: 2″ circle punch

Directions:

Cut white card stock into a 2 1/2” square, with hole puncher make a hole in corner, pull string or ribbon through. Cut red card stock smaller then the white piece, punch or cut a 2″ circle.  With double stick tape, tape each piece in place.  Cut a small black felt hat that fits the button you are using for the head.  Tie a small red bow from string or ribbon.

Using a smaller button for the snowman’s head.  Place the buttons on the green circle, turning the smaller button (face) so the 2 holes are side ways, and the larger button (body) the holes go up and down.  Glue in place with tacky glue, glue on hat and small bow.  With the white gel pin make stick arms and small hanging heart.

I think they are cute enough to hang on the Christmas tree!

 

 

Flip Flop Gift Tags

 

Materials:

  • Flip Flop Gift Tag Template {download template here}
  • Colored card stock (for flip flop sole and strap)
  • Coordinating patterned paper
  • Ribbon or hemp cord – 8″ – 12″
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Double sided adhesive strips
  • 3-D Foam Squares
  • Optional embellishments, such as stick-on rhinestones, decorative buttons, decorative paper or felt

 

Print out template and cut out each shape.

Use the cut out shapes from the template to trace the following shapes on your papers:

  • Trace template shape #1 onto colored card stock
  • Trace template shape #2 onto patterned paper
  • Trace template shape #3, trace template “v” shape (the sandal strap) onto colored card stock
  • Optional for embellishment: Trace template  flower shape onto decorative paper, card stock or felt

Cut out each shape you traced.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the spot marked on template shape #2 (only punch the hole on your patterned paper). Loop hemp cord or thin ribbon through the hole.

Stick a 3-D foam square to the bottom of the card stock strap, as pictured. Then fold corners under, as shown on template shape.

Attach the strap to the decorative paper (#2), being careful to put the mounting square directly over the hole punched. Use double sided adhesive to attach the folded part of the straps to the under side of the decorative paper (template shape #2), as pictured. Next, use double sided adhesive to attach the decorative paper to the sole of the flip flop (template shape #1).

Attach any optional embellishments.

Write or stamp your message onto the back of the flip flop tag. Tie to your gift, and you’ve created an unforgettable original card!

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