D I Y | GIFT TAGS NO.1

With the holiday season sneaking up on us so quickly, I decided it was probably time I create another DIY to help you lovelies get prepared.  Handmade gift tags add that perfect little touch of love to any gift, and below is a super simple tutorial on how to create these watercolor gift tags pictured below.  

You will need the following:

1. Handmade paper - I used this paper found at Michaels (for some reason I wasn't able to find it on the Michaels US website, but worry not they do sell it in stores)

2. Scissors - any pair will do, just make sure they're able to cut thick stock

3. Paint Brush - preferably one suited for watercolor

4. Watercolor - select a color that compliments your gift wrapping

5. A cup of water

6. Hole punch

Again this tutorial is extremely simple, all you have to do is cut your handmade paper into rectangles that measure approximately 1.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches long.  If you have a small gift, please feel free to change the dimensions accordingly.  Then you will want to cut the top two corners of your rectangle at an angle (similar to the picture above) and use your hole punch to create a hole in the center near the top.  At this point, you will also want to make a little angled cut near the hole you just created (if you look closely you can see this detail in the tags pictured above).  This little cut give you the opportunity to attach the tag to any string or ribbon without having to tie it. 

 Now it's time for the fun part!  Once your tag is all cut out, you can finally start painting.  For these tags, I wanted them to have an angled "dip-dye" effect - to do this all you have to do is simply concentrate your watercolor at the bottom left hand corner of your tag.  After the color as fully dried, dip your paint brush in clean (unused) water and apply the water near the edge of the color you just applied.  This will give you the "dip-dye" effect of the gift tags pictured above.

And that's it!  These tags are so easy to make and you can customize them to coordinate with the rest of materials you plan to utilize for wrapping gifts.  I hope you lovelies enjoyed this little DIY - be sure to check back for some more DIY gift wrapping ideas!  Hope everyone is having a beautiful day!

DIYCristina MartinezComment