Gift Tags are among those things, which you always need. And you can never find one, when the time comes. So, you don’t end up using one at all. I’ve been in that spot, many many times. While, it’s not the biggest problem, it does bother me. Therefore, at our last gift wrapping session, we decided to spend a couple of minutes & see if we could make a bunch of tags with the scrap paper left. The results were surprising! We came up with 21 ideas for gift tag designs in minutes. Even better, it took 1-2 minutes to make each design. So, even if we didn’t stock up on them, that’s ok! Since, we could make them quickly, anyway.
Another thing I liked about these tags, was that they didn’t require any fancy materials. They are literally coloured paper strips on white paper. Which anyone, of any age, can make with a pair of scissors, paper & some clear glue. Let’s see what we came up with. Shall we?
The first pattern is a classic – stripes always look great. Especially, if they are in a single bright colour. We tried this out in two designs. The first is a small rectangle folded inwards from both sides. One of these sides is smaller than the other, creating a door-like design. The second is a big triangle folded into a smaller one. What I like, is it can be placed in any direction. Stripes work best of plain gift wraps, as they are eye-catching elements.
Speaking of stripes, if you have shades of the same colour, you can stick them in order to make a gradient. This is actually much easier if you use quilling strips. We made two tag designs for this. The first is a square, which has been folded above the centre, to create a double triangle effect. Another way, is to fold a circle of paper into half, placing the gradient on the upper fold.
These have to be my favourite gift tags. They’re just so cute! And they look way more expensive than they actually are. We snipped off tiny triangles in different colours and stuck them on top of a rectangles of paper. To give them finish, we added strips of one of the colours to the bottom flap of each tag. The major differences between these two designs, are that the first one has had the bottom corners are cut off & the cutouts are pasted haphazardly. While, in the second one, there are strips stuck all-over the inside flap, with cutouts pasted in order above.
Flap Gift Tags are the most convenient tags to make. That’s probably why, you see them the most. But, you can make them look different with a few snips of your scissors. For example, in the red one above, we cut a corner of the upper flap & pasted matching strips above and below the corner. An alternate, is to cut off a bit of the upper flap completely.
I love making grids on anything. They just add depth to the design, without being too much. The easiest way to make them, is to plan your colours & just layer them, leaving even spaces. One way you can change this, is by making some of the strips short and some long. The two base designs here, are the easiest ones – a plain rectangle & triangle.
These two tag designs are my way of using up ALL of the scrap paper. Basically, you take the strips of paper you have left and paste them in any order of your base paper. With the first one, we cut out a circle and added pieces of purple paper. While, the second is a small rectangle, which used up all the small bits of paper. The trick here is to not waste time planning out a careful design. But, to take a few strips & just start pasting.
I’m not sure what the exact term is for these tags (if you know, then let me know please!). But, you make them by cutting off equal triangles from the top and bottom of one side. The important part, is to make the triangles are equidistant from the edges. Otherwise, it will be look lopsided & clumsy. The good thing about this design, is that it looks completely different when placed vertically or horizontally. You can emphasise this further, by adding strips in one direction.
You can do a lot with shapes by strategically cutting off edges & emphasising it with colours. Three ways to to this are by cutting all for edges to make a long octagon. Or, by cutting the edges of a tag to the centre of a tag. Another way, is to tilt a square by 90 degrees, making a diamond shape.
A creative way to use strips of paper, is to make a cross design using two or more colours. Both contrasting and similar colours work well. You can cut out the triangles between the stripes to show the paper below. Another option is to add multiple layers of paper on one side of the cross, making it heavier on one length. This is a convenient way of telling which side, the tag opens.
This idea is going to sound very similar to the gradient design. But, it definitely isn’t. The thought here, is to use different colours on only one side of your tag. You can add more detail to the side, by cutting off a bit of that edge which makes an unexpected flat side. For example, the cut made on the bottom card, gives a sharp edge to the colours. Similarly, the cut in the light blue strip gives a bottom to the circle.
How do you like these gift tag ideas? Let us know your favorite & what combination you would like to see 🙂