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diy gift tags {free template} and printable paper

This tutorial will show you how to make your own gift tags with a free template and printable paper.

You’d think since I design stationery, I’d be great at including cards with gifts. Not so much.

I much prefer gift tags. They are petite, decorative and oh, so easy to make.

Want to learn how?

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: scrapbook paper {I used the watercolor printable paper collection – see below}

:: tag template {see below}

:: scissors & hole punch

:: reinforcement labels {like these}

:: ribbon, stickers or stamps for embellishment

STEP ONE: place tag template over patterned paper and secure with paper clips

STEP TWO: cut out tag

Another way to create your tag is to print the template directly on the patterned paper. Then simply cut around the lines.

STEP THREE: hole punch

STEP FOUR: add reinforcement label to front and back

STEP FIVE: tie on a ribbon

STEP SIX: embellish with sticker letters, rubber stamps, etc.

A sticker number is fun for a birthday.

Or spell out a name or phrase using alphabet stamps {like these}.

The greatest thing about a gift tag is that you can personalize it to fit the recipient.

To create your own tags, feel free to download the tag template below.

make your own gift tags

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I created these tags using our new watercolor printable paper.

There are five patterns {vines, dots, chevron, solid & trellis} in eight colors {blue, gold, green, gray, red, pink, purple and teal}.

You can download the files, keep them for as long as you like and print as often as you need. Perfect to use for these gift tags, but also for scrapbooking, paper crafts and wrapping small gifts.

Print onto 8.5 x 11 paper.

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24 thoughts on “diy gift tags {free template} and printable paper”

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  4. To easily print off the template, you can right click on the pictures, and select “print this picture.” of course they’ll be smaller, but you can always adjust the size!

  5. Hey Emily! I love this paper and have already used most of the patterns in a project for my daughter. We made binder covers for all of her notebooks that she will be using in middle school. They turned out great!!!
    Thanks for the cool digi-papers!!

  6. Love these – fun little gifts or “thinking of you”s. On another note…HELP! I want to make flower pins for my kids teachers and girlfriends for Christmas but when I go to the tutorial only the picture shows, not the instructions. Am I doing something wrong?

  7. thanks so much for the template Emily. I often cut them myself but will love having a template. I also just bought the paper download !!!!!!!!

  8. Love this tutorial, Emily. I believe this year I may try numbering each Christmas gift instead of naming–just to add a little more spice to Christmas morning.

    I do have a suggestion/request, though. Would it be too much of an inconvenience to change the number of five gift tags on the template to six–three on top and three on bottom? Last year when I used this template, I kept wishing I could just cut straight down with my mat board cutter in all straight lines vs. doing the top row of three and then the bottom row of two. Does that make sense? It’s no big issue and I could probably ask my husband (more Photoshop savvy than I) to adjust the template for me, but I wondered if anyone using a mat board instead of scissors was having the same issue. Thanks for ALL you do and all your adorable ideas and free gifts to your readers!!:)

  9. I love tags over cards too… and I’m excited for the new paper (it’s beautiful!). I’m a HUGE fan of your first series. I may have used it for a DIY art print (http://wp.me/p1huFG-16D) to replicate a discontinued Crate and Barrel print. It turned out great and was much more conscience friendly. :)

  10. I love your tags – they are beautiful!! I attempted to make my own tags as well and they looked fine in the end, but a template for cutting them out would have made it so much easier! Thank you for sharing!

  11. I really like these tags! I like the idea of using those clips to hold the paper together. I usually just try to wing it and regret it :) thank you for the tute!

  12. Love these gift tags, and thanks for the tutorial and template! The watercolor papers are beautiful, as well. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thanks for this printable! So fun! Although my computer says there is an error with the file format and won’t let me save it. :(

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