Improve the look of your Christmas presents and let people know which gifts are for them with homemade gift tags. Making your own Christmas gift tags doesn't require much time or effort, depending on how complicated you want the gift tags to be. If you're really short on time, you can make tags simply by cutting pieces of wrapping paper into squares and folding the squares in half.
If you have a few hours and want to make more elaborate, decorative gift tags, you'll need some construction paper or another type of medium-weight, colorful paper. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a glue stick. If you have Christmas cards from last year lying around, make use of those too. Grab any other materials to decorate the tags that you like. For example, you can glue photographs to the front of the tags as well as fabric or felt. You'll also need some festive, thin ribbon, a single hole punch, and markers to make the gift tags.
Cut a piece of paper into a 4 inch square. Make one square for each gift tag. Find the center of the top edge of each square and use the hole punch to make a hole in it. Cut a 4 to 6 inch length of ribbon and loop it through the hole, then tie securely. For an extra decorative effect, make a series of holes around the four sides of the tag, spaced 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Thread the ribbon through the holes, leaving a few inches on the end so that the tag can hang from the gift.
Decorate the front of the tag by cutting up photographs, Christmas cards or other pieces of paper. If you prefer, cover the front of the tag with a piece of felt or fabric, then glue a photograph or card on top of the fabric.
Make sure your decorations are appropriate for the season. For example, if you are using paper, cut out the shape of a Christmas tree. If you're cutting up a picture, cut it into the shape of a star or Christmas ornament. Cut a Christmas card around a shape, such as an image of Santa's head or an angel.
Give your gift tags a 3-D effect by layering felt and paper on the top of the front of the card. You can also try using small chocolate candy molds to make small plastic or plaster objects to glue to the front of the card. Use molds with a Christmas theme. Glue the molded plaster to the front of the tag. You can also paint the molded object before gluing it in place.
Leave the back of the gift tag plain so that you have room to write "To:" and "From:" Use your best handwriting on the back of the tag.
As you make more gift tags, feel free to experiment with the size and shape of each tag. Some can be circular while others can be folded. Make some smaller and some larger than 4 inches square.