DIY: Holiday Gift Tags

How’s everyone doing? I know this time of year is super hectic between running around for last minute gifts, preparing the house for company, food shopping, and everything in between…

Just take a deep breath, it’s almost all over.

One of the ways I like to de-stress during this time of year is to gift wrap. There is just something so soothing and relaxing about it. To me, an unwrapped gift is like a blank canvas…I love getting to be creative with it.

With gift wrapping there are endless possibilities and combinations plus it’s a way to let your style shine through and make the gift all the more special.

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This year, I decided to do a metallic theme with all of my gift wrapping. I like my wrapping to feel holiday-ish but not be in your face about it. That means no wrapping paper with Reindeer or Santa. Instead, I look for something more subtle.

I usually go to Home Goods to find my wrapping paper, but this year I don’t live near one so I went to their sister store, TJMaxx instead. I found this awesome cream colored paper with little gold metallic dots all over it, it was a GIANT roll for only $3.99. Like seriously, I had enough paper to wrap every single gift with it. Talk about a deal.

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While I was there, I also picked up some cute gift bags – $1.99 each – to play off the paper as well as some cute bows – $3.99 for a pack of four.

I used some cording that I had laying around the apartment in place of traditional ribbon. I did this as a way to add some texture and dimension to the wrapping but also as a way to save some money since I already had it laying around.

Overall I was really happy with how my wrapping turned out this year, but I wanted to add a little something extra. When I was at the stores I had looked for gift tags but I didn’t find any that I really loved, so I decided I would make my own.

I mean…what better way to get exactly what you want?

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pack of blank gift tags – I bought these at Michaels
  • Acrylic Paint – I bought this kind in Champagne Gold and Shimmering Silver
  • Paint Brush

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Here’s what you do:

  1.  Lay out some paper so that you can paint freely without having to worry about making a mess.
  2. Lay out all of your gift tags.
  3. Pour some paint onto a small plate – you will only need to use about the size of a quarter for each color.
  4. Begin painting! There is no right way to do this step, just paint however your little heart desires. I wanted mine to look a little random so I did a lot of different brush strokes and some dabbing motions to create the look I did.

And voila! You’re done!

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This is a great way to make gift giving even more personal and meaningful…plus it is perfect for this time of year because it doesn’t take a lot of time! I think I had mine done in under 10 minutes.

What do you think of this tutorial? Is it something you think you’ll try? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

And as always, thanks for reading xo


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