We’re sharing 2 super easy vintage-inspired gift tags ideas today!
Several months ago, we were finalizing our “Naughty and Nice” list. We have a lot of people to shop for and I’ve learned over the years the earlier we start the better.
My sisters, brothers in law and I have a different theme each Christmas. I buy my Dad gifts that will make his life better or easier and my Mom gives us her list as soon as we’ve given her our list. She’s very stealth like that 🤣
Joy in Giving and a Lesson in Receiving…
The littles are in a category all their own though.
Every year, we ask them for a wish list. They usually go wild and put everything from $400 LEGO sets to squishy toys to Switch games we’ve never heard of.
Sometimes they even ask for a horse.
My tween niece was finally allowed to get an i-phone this year, so of course, she texted us her list.
It was filled with everything from stickers to a skimboard to special art markers to items from the clothing line of her favorite influencers.
Nothing on the list was super expensive or even outrageous.
It was all totally doable.
But at the very end of her text, she wrote, “If you don’t want to get me any of this stuff or if it’s too expensive don’t worry about it these are just ideas I have. I know the shipping from Australia for the pants I want is around $40 because I checked it out. I’m ok if you have your own ideas too. I already know I’ll have a good Christmas and I will love whatever you get me.”
Cue the tears and a major heart melt.
We haven’t had to deal with too many shipping delays yet, but I know the closer we get to the holidays, the more it will become a probability.
So, I started crafting vintage-inspired monogrammed gift tags and wrapping their gifts this week just to make sure we were on track.
Our holiday home theme is, “She leaves a little sparkle…,” and the minute I saw these festive letters I knew they would make a quick and easy way to monogram gift tags.
Here’s a look at how these vintage inspired gift tags came together…
Vintage Inspired Gift Tags Supplies:
- Plain White or Off-White Gift Tags
- Strong Pot of Black Coffee (about 8-10 cups)
- Cookie Sheets
- Oven Mitts
- Glitter Letter Stickers
- Crown Stickers (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
Vintage Inspired Gift Tags Steps:
Gather all your supplies.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
Using caution and care as coffee will be hot, pour a strong pot of black coffee into a large pot.
Next, use tongs to carefully submerge 3-4 gift tags into the coffee bath.
Once they’ve reached the color you like best, use the tongs the carefully remove the gift tags one by one. Be sure to shake off any excess coffee.
Keep in mind, you don’t want to leave the gift tags in the coffee bath too long because it will break down the paper.
This color took around 2-3 minutes.
Line the tags up on the cookie sheet making sure they don’t touch.
Then place them into the oven to bake/dry.
As soon as the edges start to curl remove the tags from the oven.
You’ll need to watch these vintage-inspired gift tags very, very closely in the oven, so they don’t become a hazard and cause a fire.
Ours took around 5-7 minutes.
Once you’ve removed your gift tags from the oven, allow them to cool completely.
After they’ve cooled, attach a glitter sticker to the center of the vintage-inspired gift tag.
If you want to embellish your vintage inspired gift tag even further, you can add a crown sticker and some ribbon.
Sweater Gift Tags Supplies:
- Kraft Paper Sweater Tags
- Contact Paper (color and pattern of your choice)
- Straight Edge (optional)
- Single Hole Punch
- Glitter Letter Stickers
- Ribbon (optional)
Sweater Gift Tags Steps:
Gather your supplies.
To create a vintage inspired sweater gift tags, flip your contact paper over to the back where you can see the grid lines. Then place your pre-cut sweater tag onto the contact paper.
Use a pen to trace around the sweater.
Then using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut out the contact paper sweater.
Use a single-hole punch to punch a hole in the top of your vintage-inspired sweater gift tag.
Next, separate the printed part of the contact paper from the adhesive backing.
Place the contact paper on top of the kraft paper sweater.
Be sure to smooth the contact paper out with your fingers or a straight edge so you don’t have any bubbles.
Once your contact paper is secure, add a monogram letter sticker and ribbon if you like.
Quick and Easy Projects This Holiday Season…
While it might seem like these vintage-inspired gift tags have a lot of steps, they were both simple to make and can easily be customized to fit your holiday home theme and the gift recipient too.
Honestly, the coffee-stained tags could be used throughout the year. It would be nice to make a big batch now to have them on hand for Christmas and other special occasions.
Most of the time, I’m all for quick and easy project ideas.
Especially, around the holidays.
But this year, I plan to fully savor a big cup of cocoa while wrapping gifts next to the twinkling tree lights thinking about how sweet the littles are and how sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to find the perfect present when really the best gifts can’t be wrapped or placed under the tree.
Other Holiday Posts to Enjoy:
- Effortless Christmas Home Tour
- Effortless Wreath Ideas
- How to Create a Monogrammed Christmas Ornament for the Front Door
- Glass Glitter Snowflake Ornaments
- DIY Gingerbread Snowflake Ornament