Monday, December 26, 2011

Outta the Box: Holiday Ideas

Ok I know it's Monday and my linky parties are supposed to begin on Sundays. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me this one time as it was a pretty big holiday yesterday. Speaking of that, Happy Holidays! This weeks party is all about "Outta the Box" Holiday Ideas. Share anything and everything you created for this years holiday festivities.

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this Holiday Season. I know I sure did, but I am ready to relax after all the baking, wrapping, and crafting I've done over the past month. I did want to share with you my homemade gift tags. They are really easy and inexpensive to make. They can be changed up to work with any special occasion where you might need a gift tag. 

All you need is a few simple components. Card stock (I used manilla envelopes), a stamp for the occasion and ink pad, clothes pins, acorns, gold spray paint, ribbon, scissors and a hot glue gun. Spray paint the acorns gold in an open space (preferably outside). Let dry. Make a template using the size stamp you have as an idea of how big you need the tag to be. Trace your template along your card stock. Cut out your tags. I used a corner rounder from my scrapbooking tool kit to round out the edges quickly but you can do this by hand too.   

Do a test card to figure out where you want the stamp and how much pressure you need to apply to get a good print. Then go ahead and stamp all your tags. 

Make the clothes pin holder by first tying a ribbon just below the silver spring mechanism that opens the pin. Then hot glue 3 acorns to the end of each pin. I put the acorns by the mouth of the pin, so that they are not in the way of your fingers when trying to actually open the clothes pin. Repeat for as many tags as you have made.

Then you can write To: and From: on your tags and assemble by using the clothes pins to attach the card to the gift.

It's as simple and easy as that. The gift receiver will be impressed and excited with the idea that you spent the time to make them a hand made gift tag and you can change the stamp with the occasion.

Now it's your turn. Share with us your "Outta the Box" Holiday Ideas.

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