How to Make Reusable Chalkboard Gift Tags

Make reusable, DIY chalkboard gift tags for all of your holiday gift wrapping adventures!

Make reusable, DIY chalkboard gift tags for all of your holiday gift wrapping adventures!

Okay, I DID find just one more cardboard record album cover craft to make with my scraps–reusable DIY chalkboard gift tags!

These reusable DIY chalkboard gift tags came together in just minutes, from the scraps leftover from making my latest batch of album cover bookmarks. I’ll be pretty excited to have them already in hand when the gift-giving season really starts rolling, and since they have a chalkboard side, we can use them over and over again.

How to Make Reusable Chalkboard Gift Tags

You will need:

cardboard. The base of these gift tags is an interesting piece of cardboard, upcycled from anything that you like. Record album covers are great, of course, but so is the cardboard packaging from your favorite foods, or perhaps even old calendar pages.

chalkboard tape. The reason why this project is so quick and easy is that a few months ago, I found a roll of chalkboard tape on sale, and I bought it even though I didn’t have a project in mind for it (my husband haaaaaates when I do this, by the way, but look at that tape now, Matt. LOOK AT THAT TAPE NOW!!!). You could experiment with chalkboard paint instead, but my intuition says that it will warp your cardboard if you’re not super careful.

chalkboard markers. Chalkboard markers will enable you to write messages on the gift tags that won’t rub off. When you’re finished, wipe it off with a damp cloth and it’s ready to go again!

scissors or gift tag hole punch. I have a gift tag punch that I use for lighter materials, but it won’t cut through record album cardboard. Anyway, it’s cuter to freehand around fun images.

How to Make Reusable Chalkboard Gift Tags

To make these tags, simply cut out a rough outline of your graphic on your cardboard, then back it with the chalkboard tape. Having done that, you can cut out the exact outline that you want, cutting through both cardboard and tape at the same time for perfectly clean edges.

Punch a smaller hole for hanging at the top of your gift tag, then write your chalk message on the back:

How to Make Reusable Chalkboard Gift Tags

My only worry, now, is that the older of my two kids will wash off all of her sister’s tags and write her own name in, instead.

Fortunately, she’s also my kid with messy handwriting, so I *should* be able to tell…

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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