Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Homemade Gift Tags


Anyone else tired of spending money? Bueller? Bueller?

I don't know about all y'all, but 2009 has been bloody expensive. Between the immigration fees, traveling to England 3 times to see Dan, wedding costs and everything else - we have spent a small fortune this year on very out-of-the-ordinary expenses. This coupled with a recent speeding ticket and my car breaking down last week - I am darn tired of spending money!!!

Somebody STOP the insanity!!!!

I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed the other day as I was thinking about all of this and it left me needing a release. When I get like this, there are three things that I know will calm me down:

1) Cleaning
2) Working out
3) Doing a craft

On this particular day I had already cleaned and I just could NOT be bothered with going to the gym, so craft time it was. BUT - it HAD to be a craft that did not include spending money. This was rule number 1, 2 and 3. Fo' sho'. Yo.


About a week ago I was bored and so I googled "Vintage Santa" (this is when you get so jealous of my super exciting life) and this popped up. I immediately thought to myself, those would be cute gift tags and printed out a few pages.

Don't you just lurrrve Google?

So, on this day of a need for anything creative, I grabbed these sheets of paper and wasted no time.


This was a cute gift tag given to me on a gift this summer and it was the perfect size to use as a stencil. By this point, I was feeling better already.


Then I was able to scrape together this little grouping of craft basics. Now, I know there are blogs that show you how to refinish an entire kitchen with a toothbrush and turn your 1977 sideboard into a 4-story house, but this blogger right here, she is quite happy with some glue and glitter, thank you very much.


I wanted to put this up here as an example of one of the WORST photos I have ever taken. The color. The flash. The lack of focus. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I do like the glitter though.

I have always loved glitter. Since I can remember it has caught my eye.


Within 10 minutes I was using my little stencil and making some gift tags. I simply used a pencil to draw the outline and cut them out.


Again - another horrible picture. I don't know what my deal was but I was apparently not bothering with taking decent photos. See what glitter does to me?



I didn't want too much glitter on each tag, as less is more when it comes to this kind of thing, so I found a toothpick, dipped it into the glue and used it to apply a thin layer where I wanted it.


This Santa was my favorite. Here is the before.



And the after. Just a little bit of bling to his jolly 'ol cap and it was good to go!


Two more close-ups. Again - the photos...they are bad and I am sorry. The Santa on the left has a sparkly beard and the Santa on the right, a sparkly green sack.


One by one I glittered them all. By the time I had finished, I felt much calmer and less stressed - mission accomplished. PLUS - now I have gift tags to use that didn't cost me a thing! All they need is some string or raffia on the top and they are good to go.

It's about time something didn't cost me a thing. Everything costs something. It's a thing of life. Thing, thing, thing.

Aaaaand - I think that last little paragraph (for lack of a better word) is my cue to leave. Stick a fork in me baby 'cause I'm done.

Now if you will excuse me so I can wipe this tomato off my face.

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!

13 comments:

  1. I love it! I am going to steal those gift tags for next year - fabulous!

    I totally agree with you, this time of year I truly get so tired of spending money. I also had to get 4 new tires, a few things fixed on the car as I am driving north on Christmas Day and I do not want any problems!

    Here's to a year of thrifty new beginnings for all of us! xxoo

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  2. Great idea!! I think I will make some of these.

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  3. and these tags have so much more meaning...

    love the idea, as i use old cards for event calanders...


    portland does have smart people..

    *grins*

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  4. "..this is when you get so jealous of my super exciting life.."

    You are so darn funny. Lovely tags. Love the glitter :)

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  5. When in the hizzell did you make these?

    I better have one on my present...

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  6. LOVE IT! I just bought gift tags from Costco on Monday......dern it! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! The glitter is the perfect touch. You crafty girl you!

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  7. so pretty
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  8. Those are great! I have a bunch of extra index cards left over from my ABC card extravaganza, and I was thinking of doing some cartoon pencil drawings as gift tags!

    Your glitter work is fantastic!

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  9. Great idea!! Always good to make things yourself, not only are you saving money but what you get is unique and ever more special for it!

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  10. Yes ma'am. No more spending! What a fabulous project. They turned out great!

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  11. You are super-crafty! Those are very cute. I am posting gift tags (on the home blog) tomorrow, but I really love the vintage Santas!

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  12. These are so pretty!
    Greetings from Italy,
    Federica

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