One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is wrap gifts. They are little ephemeral works of art, made all the sweeter because they do not last. This idea requires no expensive materials or complicated bow making. All you need is a few things already in your supplies, kraft paper, baker’s twine, and my free calligraphy name tags (link at the bottom of this page.)
STEP 1 Download and Print Your Tags
Download the PDF using the link at the bottom of this sheet. Save it to your hard drive or a thumb drive. The PDF is a letter size, 8.5×11 inch sheet, with eight tags on a page.
The PDF is editable. Open it on your computer in Adobe Acrobat Reader (the form feature only works in Adobe, even though it will open in other applications.) If you do not already have it, Adobe Reader is a free download. Click inside the blue highlighted areas, and type the names of your guests. Save the file.
For paper, use a card stock in a light color. I used this paper. If you do not have a printer, you can also just have them printed at Fed Ex or an office store local to you. The cost is usually about a dollar per sheet, and many vendors will also cut them for you.
Once you are ready, print as many sheets as you need.
STEP 2 Cut Out Your Tags
I prefer to use a paper cutter when I am cutting out tags, as it is easier to get the corners perfectly square using the guides. If you don’t have a paper cutter, however, you can also use scissors.
After your tags are cut out, trim the corners with scissors.
STEP 3 Punch Holes
Using a small hole punch, create a hole in the top center.
STEP 4 Wrap Your Gift
Wrap your gift in kraft paper. I used this paper that I bought on Amazon, but you can also find it at a craft store. Just make sure that the paper is not too thick, as transparent tape won’t adhere to it well.
STEP 5 Tie the Ribbon
Wrap the gift one time with the wide ribbon and tape the ends at the bottom. Then, loop the baker’s twine around the gift, on top of the ribbon, as many times as you like. (If you don’t have twine, I recommend buying a big spool of it on Amazon. Craft stores carry it too, but often in smaller quantities that run out too quickly.) About halfway through, thread the tag onto the twine. When you are finished, tie a small knot at the bottom and trim the ends.
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Note: Tags are for Personal Use Only, and the PDF may not be sold, distributed, or posted on other websites. If you wish to share this project, please link to this page. Happy crafting!