Punch out Gift Tags from Greeting Cards: A Quickie Tutorial

Gift tags from Greeting CardsSpending Thanksgiving weekend with my grandpa (Want some old twist ties? Margarine tubs? Bread bags? You got it!), I came across my late Mama’s 50+ year stash of greeting cards received. Given permission to cut up any cards from people we no longer, um, “associate” with (Note: “From Pam and Bud” should now read “From Pam, Art, Zack, and Katie”; “From Dennis and Pat” should now read “From Dennis and…” uh, Martha? Margie? I seriously can’t remember anymore), I turned some old cards from the exes into a huuuuge stash of awesome little gift tags for all occasions. In about a MINUTE!

You will need: greeting cards you’ve received and wish to recycle; a large craft punch in a shape you’d like to use as a gift tag (traditional tag shapes work, obviously, but so would squares or circles); a small hole punch (1/8″ is a nice size)

1. Using your large craft punch, punch gift tag shapes out of your recycled greeting cards. You can fussy cut out particular pictures or patterns, or punch randomly. Check that the back side of what you’re punching out is blank if you’d like to write there.

2. Using your small hole punch, punch out the hole you’ll thread the ribbon through to tie it onto your pretty package.

Seriously, that’s it. As for the pretty package, well, that’s up to you!

How do you recycle your greeting cards?

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.


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