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

Fall-y Leaf Garland

For a few weeks, now, I have been wanting to decorate our house a little bit more…Fall-y, shall we say? I scoured the internet for inspiration (I’ll be honest – pretty much just Pinterest) and found a few things that I liked, but nothing that I loved. So I took a few different ideas that I liked and tried to create something that I would love!

My latest crafty creation is this fabric leaf garland! It’s adorable and versatile and I just love it a lot :) So, let’s begin!

The first thing you need to do is pick out some fabric that you think represents whatever mood you’re trying to create. I really wanted muted reds, oranges, and yellow-y tones, so I chose these:
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I did not actually use all of these colors, but they helped me get in my head more of what I was wanting to do. I also found these little leaf outlines somewhere and printed them and cut them so I could trace around the edges.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The tracing process would have been a lot easier if I had a better piece of chalk than this… It is from Easter, and it is all I own!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It did work, it was just kind of hard to do without a precise line. Eventually I just ended up pinning the paper to the fabric and cut around it just like that. Then I needed to match up the sides to make one leaf. When I cut them out, it was folded at least once, that way the sides should match up pretty evenly.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This next part could have been easier if I had iron-on interfacing. Actually, I have never used that stuff so I don’t really know, but everything I have read about it seems like it would make this step easier. What I did was take my leaf (remember, both sides!) and then sew a few lines through it. I sewed my lines randomly, but made sure to do at least two to help it be more sturdy and stay together. If you really wanted (and are more talented/patient with sewing than I am), you could stitch around the outside of the leaf and make it look more pristine :)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After that, I looked around my house for some sort of string to make everything attached to. I found this ribbon in my stash ;) You can probably use whatever you want, but this worked out well for me!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Another variation that I thought of doing was to sew them stem to tip, stem to tip. They wouldn’t really be all dangly – which is the effect I was after – but it would still look pretty cute!

When I had my ribbon all picked out, I simply fed it through the machine enough to give me a small tail, and then sewed on my leaves! I found that with the ribbon, you kind of want to keep it taut, otherwise it will get all wibbly-wobbly and bunch up on itself. Of course, that could be yet another variation!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The possibilities for this craft are absolutely endless and I am in love with my new, festive garland!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And the finished product :)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ah! I am just so proud of it! I definitely think this type of thing could be varied for all sorts of seasons and holidays, and looks so great bunted next to the ceiling! Do any of you have any DIY crafts that you like to do during different times of the year? I’d love to hear about them!

Stay tuned because I have more fall-y ideas that I want to work on and share with you! Thanks for stopping by :)

-Megan