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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

While I tend to go all out on wrapping a few key presents at Christmas, for the majority of my gifts, I stick to quick-but-stylish packaging. Think the basics: paper, ribbon and a tag. Sounds boring, but choose the right elements and “plain” gifts will look just as stunning as any fancy wrapping job.

These make-ahead gift tags are a perfect example of a simple but eye-catching ingredient. Glittery tapes in graphic stripes look a bit like ornaments, and will catch and reflect twinkling lights when under the tree.

I paired my tags with a modern black paper scattered with stars (yes, I love black for Christmas!), but they would also look great with plain white, black-and-white striped or gold chevron–patterned paper.

Whip up a batch of these gift tags on a snowy afternoon, and they’ll be ready to go as you wrap your presents this holiday season.


TIME NEEDED: Approximately 5 minutes for one tag, or about 15 to 60 minutes for a batch of tags (depending on how many you make)



  • White cardstock
  • Circle template
  • Fine-point permanent marker
  •  Hole punch
  •  Wrapping paper
  • Cord or ribbon

1200x1200_DIYHolidayGiftTags_Step1Add tape to the cardstock. Add a strip of Scotch™ Expressions™ Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles, along one edge of a piece of white cardstock. Next to it, apply a strip of Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape, Red. Repeat, alternating between the two tapes until you’ve filled your sheet of cardstock.

Tag detail. To make the green and silver tags, repeat this step on additional sheets of cardstock: Use Scotch™ Expressions™ Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles, with Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape, Green; and pair Scotch™ Expressions™ Metallic Tape, Silver Sparkles, with Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Silver.
1200x1200_DIYHolidayGiftTags_Step3Draw your gift tag shapes. Using a circle template and fine-point permanent marker, trace circles onto the taped side of the cardstock. (I made mine three-inches round). Marking your shapes onto the front of your tag allows you to position the tape stripes exactly where you would like them to be within the circle. If you don’t have a circle template, any round object will work, such as a drinking glass or roll of masking tape.
1200x1200_DIYHolidayGiftTagsr_Step4Cut out your gift tags. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut out each circle. Stay inside the lines so the marker won’t show on your final pieces. Next, punch a hole along the edge of each tag.
FB_1200x1200_DIYHolidayGiftTagsWrap your gift. Using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, cut your wrapping paper to size. Wrap the paper around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape. Tie your cord around the box, add then tag and finish with a bow.

EXPERT TIP: Address your tags by writing on the back (the cardstock side), or use a permanent marker to write overtop the tape.

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