How-To: Recycled Gift Tags

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Every year, after the holidays I sort through the Christmas cards we’ve received and cut some of them up to use as gift tags for the following year. I plan on doing that again this year, but in the meantime I decided to use a stack of craft fair postcards to make some really flash gift tags.
I think they turned out great, and since we all enjoy attending craft fairs every year, it’ll be easy to keep our eyes open for the unwanted promo cards once the event is over. Here’s how I used the promo cards for my local craft fair. Please send in any gift tags you’ve made, or offer up your own clever ideas for reusing holidays ephemera.
Occidental Gift Tags
I loved the look of this year’s postcards and posters for my town’s annual craft fair, and I hated to see a stack of them headed for the recycle bin when the weekend had past. I noticed that the red square in the middle was the perfect size for a gift tag, and the little dove in the middle of it was really cute!

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There was writing on the back side of the red square, so I headed back to the recycle bin for some copy paper. I cut out squares of white paper, adhered them with glue stick to the postcard cut outs, and then punched a hole in one corner of my creation. Cute and ready for ribbon!
I ended up making gift tags out of a section of the background as well, which was even easier because I didn’t need to cover up any writing on the back side. And the little holly leaf gives the tag a very simple look.

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