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Homemade Cards and Gift Tags

Turn your old greeting cards into colorful gift tags. You can personalize the tags with a special message to the gift recipient.

Present Tense

Pinking shears have been around for years, and most people are aware that they make a notched edge around paper, fabric, cardboard, and other assorted materials. A newer variation on pinking shears is decorative-edge scissors that cut various designs into materials in the same manner. These special scissors are great for making greeting cards and gift tags.

Time frame: One hour

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Old greeting cards
  • Pinking shears or decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • White or clear glue
  • Glitter
  • Yarn
  1. Cut the front of the card into shapes of your choice using pinking shears or decorative-edge scissors. You could cut out rectangles, circles, triangles, hearts, and so on. Punch a hole in the top of the tag.
  2. Squeeze glue around the edges of the shapes and sprinkle glitter on top. Shake the excess glitter off the gift tag onto a piece of paper. Either fold the paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the container or discard.
  3. Thread a six-inch piece of yarn through the hole and knot the ends.

If desired, you could use the front and back of the greeting card when cutting out your shapes and tie the two pieces together with the yarn forming a gift tag that opens up to include a message.



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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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