Vintage Inspired Gift Tags

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.

DIY Vintage Inspired Monogrammed Gift Tag-The Crowned Goat

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.

Vintage Inspired Monogram Gift Tag Using a Coffee Stain-The Crowned Goat

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.

DIY Vintage Inspired Monogrammed Sweater from Contact Paper-The Crowned Goat

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)
  • Tongs
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Oven
  • 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.

DIY Coffee Stained Gift Tags-The Crowned Goat

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.

Vintage Inspired Monogrammed Gift Tags-The Crowned Goat

Sweater Gift Tags Supplies:

  • Kraft Paper Sweater Tags
  • Contact Paper (color and pattern of your choice)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • 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.

DIY Monogrammed Sweater Gift Tag-The Crowned Goat

Most of the time, I’m all for quick and easy project ideas.

Especially, around the holidays.

DIY Gift Tags with Glitter Monogram-The Crowned Goat

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.

Vintage Inspired Coffee Stained Monogrammed Gift Tag-The Crowned Goat

Let us know if you try these vintage-inspired gift tags too! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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    1. Thank you, Paula! They were both so easy to make and feel really festive too. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  1. These are just adorable CoCo. Happy Holidays👏🏻👏🏻

    1. Thanks so much, Ann, I really appreciate it! Happy Holidays to you too – I can’t believe it’s here! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Your gift tags are absolutely gorgeous, CoCo! How sweet is that sweater ornament! OMG! Thank you so much for sharing your great tutorial. I need to make some of these for my mom’s gifts! She’ll love them!

    1. I really appreciate it, Christine, thank you! They were fun to make and super easy too. Plus, they’re nice because you can customize them any way you want. I made the sweater tags for the littles. They don’t really shake the gifts or anything like that but they do like to keep an eye on things so I know they’ll appreciate being able to see which gifts are theirs right away 😉 Big hugs and hope your Mom likes them too, CoCo

  3. The story about your niece made me tear up. Boy what a kid!!

    Live these tags. Pinned!

    1. She really is such a sweetie pie, Cindy! We’re definitely lucky to have her in our pod and I can’t wait to see what she thinks of the sweater gift tags ❤ Big hugs, CoCo

  4. The coffee-stained tags are my fave! It reminded me of tea-staining fabrics back in the day for projects. I bet the coffee works even better than tea and I will keep that in mind for any future fabric projects. Thanks for the reminder CoCo! Pinning 🙂

  5. CoCo,
    Thank you so much for sharing how you made the Vintage Inspired Gift Tags! We are doing a “vintage” themed gift exchange with my husband’s family this year and I have been looking for ways to make the wrapping look vintage as well. We aren’t coffee drinkers so we don’t have any in the house, but I do enjoy a cup of tea from time to time. Out of curiosity I thought I’d give this a try using black tea in place of coffee. I steeped 2 tea bags in about 3 cups of water and then followed your directions exactly. They turned out absolutely perfect! In place of the glitter stickers, I used a rubber stamp that says “Happy Holidays” and then signed our names in a nice cursive script. Thank you again for sharing your wisdom!

    1. That is so cool, Amy! Thank you for sharing this idea of using black tea. I’m super excited to hear it worked out well. I love your idea of using a rubber stamp too. It’s really creative. Hope your holiday season is a happy one. I can’t believe it’s here already! Big hugs, CoCo

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