I believe I’m rather industrious when it comes to my hoarding practices. When I accepted that my empty frame affliction was in need of an intervention, I created an Etsy store. And after years of saving bits of wrapping paper – too big to trash, but too small to use, I’ve found a crafty & creative solution to salvage the scraps. The past few weeks as I package all the holiday presents, I have been making gift enclosures from standard office supply hang tags and dressing them up with left over holiday gift wrap & washi tape. (Another newly acquired obsession.)
So easy & quick to create, that even the inartistic will produce pretty & professional looking gift tags. Not only do these up the cuteness quotient on your Christmas present, but are environmentally savvy by recycling & upcycling the extraneous paper otherwise destined for the blue bin.
All the tools needed are:
- manilla or color heavy stock shipping tags
- glue stick
- assortment of decorative paper
- optional, but recommended – coordinating washi tape
On 1 side of the card lightly apply glue for as much paper you’ll want to use. Place the paper on the glued tag, smooth over to remove possible wrinkles and finish the edge with a strip of washi tape. Trim excess tape & paper, write your message on the blank side and affix to the gift. Ta-dah!
I suggest using the washi tape not only to add a finished element, but if the paper isn’t particularly straight, the tape will mask any application indiscretions. I have been making extra tags so they’re ready in a quick gift pinch and I no longer have paper that is inappropriately sized for the actual wrapping of the gift.
Be creative & have fun.