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simply embellished copper tags

embellished copper tags / jones design company
We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend. She is many wonderful things, but perhaps one of her best qualities is her completely authentic excitement over opening gifts. Every one is the best gift ever! which makes you feel pretty great as the gift-giver.

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Receiving gifts is not my love language, so I have to work a little extra to come up with something unique and meaningful to give to my mom who most definitely does experience love through gifts.  I may not be the greatest at gift purchasing, but I really do enjoy wrapping.

My go-to gift wrapping style consists of subtly patterned paper, a pretty ribbon, an embellishment – like a flower or ornament – and a tag.  My mom gave me a gift years ago (like for high school graduation maybe?!) with a copper tag and I’ve kept it all these years. When I came across these copper gardening tags, I knew I needed to grab a pack to use in wrapping up her birthday gift.

Because it’s such a simple and inexpensive embellishment for wrapping, I thought I’d show you how to make your own embellished copper tags.

SUPPLIES

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4″ copper tags / stylus (or ball point pen)

HOW-TO

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Using a sharp-tipped stylus (or ball point pen), press into the copper as you write your message. Adding some extra padding underneath helps with the embossing (I just stacked up a few sheets of scrap paper).

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It’s so pretty how the light reflects on the copper and makes the lettering stand out.

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Once your message has been written, simply tie on to the gift using the attached copper wire.

embellished copper tag for gifts / jones design company

Such an fun way to make a gift extra special.

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Do you have a favorite or unexpected way to embellish gifts?

11 Responses to simply embellished copper tags

  1. Jaime May 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Wow! What a great idea. I am going to have to check out Target for some gift wrapping goodies =)

  2. Angela QV May 12, 2015 at 4:10 am #

    For UK readers, try these copper tag sources (I just found these myself. They’re not affiliated links (I don’t even have a blog!!):
    http://www.gardening-naturally.com/acatalog/Copper_Plant_Tags.html?gclid=CP-b2–HvMUCFdMatAodCxAAig
    or these:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosmere-H656-Copper-Labels-Pieces/dp/B005784GY6/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431428600&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=copper+gardening+tags

    Wilko used to do packs of 20 but aren’t stocking them online at the mo. Try your local shop and lobby to get them back if they don’t stock them! x

    • emily May 12, 2015 at 8:21 am #

      thank you for the sources!

  3. Tina May 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Great idea!

  4. Sharon B. May 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    SO pretty! I love this style of gift wrapping and the copper gift tag is such a nice touch, I’m going to have to try that! You have the prettiest ideas. :)

  5. audra May 11, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Where do you buy your wrapping paper? Pretty paper is so expensive in Canada and hard to come by.

    • emily May 12, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      This dot paper is from Target – it was $1 and I bought every roll they had!

      Marshalls always seems to have nice paper and I like Paper Source’s solid colors.

  6. Joan May 11, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    So loved this post. Definately going into my ‘Gift’ file. I love giving, receiving, and wrapping gifts and try to find all sorts of things to use as the ‘toppers’. And the hot glue gun in my best friend when wrapping.

    Adding twigs, feathers, pressed leaves, fresh flowers, pine cones, fresh holly, beads,
    and any other thing makes it easy, economical, personal and fun. I keep a little box where I keep these little decoration possibilities with my gift supplies so they are readily accessible. That along with the glue gun, tape, sissors and a good pen and things are ready at a moments notice.

  7. Carolina May 11, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Beautiful! Can you please share your ribbon and gift wrap source? I always have such a hard time finding velvet ribbon — especially in such a vibrant color. And I love polka dot anything so…duh :)

    • emily May 12, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      The gift wrap is from Target (unfortunately, no longer sold). The ribbon is velvet from May Arts. Isn’t it lovely?!

  8. Elise May 11, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Our Target dollar spot has copper and galvanized metal gift tags now! I’m definitely going to use those for this technique :)

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