DIY — Ornament Gift Tags

It came quickly and, like every year, always feels absolutely crazy! Christmas time! The time of gift-giving! It is exciting for me to give gifts and also to wrap them. For some reason it is just fun to me to make someone’s gift look nice :) With this in mind, I created a tutorial to create these adorable little ornament gift tags! I had seen similar things on Pinterest.com, but never found a blog that showed how to make them.. Today I am becoming that blog! :)

Materials you will need:
-paper cutter (or scissors and a ruler)
-colorful paper for ornaments
-cardstock for gift tags
-tape
-1” circle punch (or whatever size you have/want)
-sharpie
*optional* letter stamps and ink

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To begin, let’s cut out our gift tags. For mine, I made sure I was cutting them at least bigger than my circle punch, but I generally estimated. They do not have to all match if you don’t want them to, either!

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After this, you will want to punch your circles. Again, these do not need to be perfectly in the center, but please DO make sure to not get too close to any of the sides. Some of mine got too close which made the taping a bit more difficult. Plus, you also want your precious gift tags to stand whatever travel they might be put through!

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Done and done.

Alrighty, we are ready to move on! The next step is to cut out the color of the ornament balls. I think mine ended up being about 1”x1” squares… Again, I pretty must guesstimated… Maybe next time I will actually measure for you, so you can know what worker for me!! Anyway, you want these squares to fully cover the circle, but not go so far that you can see it peeking out from the back.

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This very well could be the easiest step. All you need to do is tape your little ornament paper to the backside of the gift tag. If your paper is patterned, do yourself a favor and make sure you check it from the front to make sure it’s how you want it! I recommend using at least two pieces of tape, on opposite sides, but probably no more than four… You don’t want it to be getting too bulky back there!

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Okay, now turn them over… Gorgeous!

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Now, my friends, this is a fun part! You get to create the ornament! It’s amazing what a little bit of “sharpie-action” can do for you in a pinch. Simply draw a little rectangle on the tag paper and then a little hook! Perfect-a-mundo! Look at you go, you little artist, you! :)

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Oh and don’t forget… You will want to snip the corners! I found out halfway through this that my paper cutter has a handy-dandy degree marker, so I started using that. If you don’t have anything like that, you can measure, say 1cm out from the top corners and draw a line between those marks. That will make a 45 degree angle. You can play around with these a bit! Also make sure to hole punch them at the top if you want to string them through pretty ribbon :)

Now you can use these however you want! Beautiful job, people. In the picture below you can see two ways I came up with for embellishment. If you like the way your handwriting looks, feel free to simply write the recipient’s name, or you can use stamps! Seriously. I love stamps. They are so… Amazing and can be used for so many different things!

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you are inspired to make some wonderful Christmas-y gift tags of your own!

Have a great day :)

-mh

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Magical Mondays with Megan!

So, when Monday rolls around, I want to share with you something that I have done that is creative within the last week or so. Thursday’s are meant for more thoughtful posts, and hopefully I’ll get there someday and Monday’s are more fun! I was trying to use alliteration in the title, but I just don’t know if that will stick. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

Today I had the pleasure of teaching myself to make a pom-pom! If you (like me before today) think poms are slightly cute (depending on size, placement, and the like) but don’t know how to create them.. Fear not! I have made a small tutorial for you! It even includes pictures :)

Here is what you will need to create your own, one-of-a-kind pom!

-yarn of desired color (or colors)

-scissors

-your hand

Alright, are you ready? Let’s get to it!

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo we first start out with the yarn and hold it over your fingers like so. You will be wrapping the yarn around your fingers to create the pom-pom! Depending on however many fingers you choose to wrap around, your pom will be larger or smaller than mine.

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Start wrapping, and make sure to overlap the starting end with your yarn. When you do this, you won’t have to hold onto the end all the time!

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Soon you will have something that looks like this! You want to make sure to wrap it lots and lots! The more your wrap it, the more dense and full your small woolen ball will be! Next, you want to snip the end you have been wrapping with:

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After that has been cut, you will cut yourself another piece of yarn. It does not matter how long it is, just as long as it will be able to wrap around your wad of furry fibers!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the tricky-ish part.. So get ready. Lay your freshly cut piece of yarn across your almost-pom. This will be on the back-side of your hand. Place one end between your first and second fingers.

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Then, push the other end through the other side between your first and second fingers. I have not found an easy way to do this yet, but as long as you have something like a pencil to push it through, you should be okay :) Once you have done this, it should look like the picture above, where you can see both sides of the string on the palm-side of your hand.

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Pull it tight and tie a knot! I wrapped mine around twice to try and secure it because then..

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We are going to slide the almost-pom off our fingers and tie the knot really really REALLY tightly!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI suggest tying a knot on both sides, just to be safe :)

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Then you will snip the tying thread to about the same length as the rest of the pom.

Here comes the fun part!!

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Do you see all the little loopies? Well, cut them! Cut them all! And right before your very eyes, a pom will appear!

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Sure, he’s a bit shaggy and shapely, but if you like that sort of thing it’s perfect! A haphazard pom – perfect for any occasion!

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If crazy and mismatched ends aren’t a part of your groove, don’t fret my friends. It is so simple to trim the ends of the pieces that seem a little too long. Consider it hedge trimming for your personal and colorful hedge of pom-land!

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BAM! Your very own pom! Feel free to make many, many more! They are so cute, and can make great decorations! Plus, the scraps you can use if you like to sew pillows or anything that should be stuffed!

Now in the beginning I mentioned you can use multiple colors if that was your fancy. This is true. Just make sure you hold all of the colors at one time and wrap them all as if it were one thick piece of yarn! It still works great and then you have multi-colored-goodness!

Have a great day and enjoy your poms! Until next time, Megan :)