For gifts or home decor, vintage gift tags are always appropriate
Did you know these miniature works of art can be used as home decor? Even if you don’t use them for gifts (and risk them being thrown away? NEVAH!), vintage patriotic gifts tags make darling little additions to a patriotic tablescape.
“Printable” means instant download
These cute tags are part of my latest paper pack, the Vintage Patriotic Printable Papers, which you can find in my Etsy shop. I’ve created all sorts of goodies in this collection, including 8 sheets of patterned paper and two bonus collage sheets. These sheets contain three versions of the large gift tags, plus four card fronts, 4 medium tags, 4 tiny tags, cute images, and individual text boxes on patterned backgrounds. There are so many creative possibilities with this paper pack, and you can download them instantly.
However, if you want to use your own papers, that’s fine too! The techniques will be the same.
(A shout out goes to The Graphics Fairy who provided the images I incorporated into these collage sheets.)
Tags are more than just gift tie-ons
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These tags are small, but they pack a decorative punch. At 2 ½“ W x 3 ¾” L, they have plenty of paper crafting real estate. They’re large enough to be decorative, yet small enough to still be useful. I use mine for bookmarks when they’re not decorating tabletops. And tags can be made for all seasons and holidays. These patriotic tags can be used in so many ways.
- Tie them around small bottles of soft drinks as party favor tags
- Label the foods on a picnic buffet
- Attach to a gift (of course)
- Use as table place cards
- Tie them around goodie bags
- Use as a bookmark (no more dog-earing the pages!)
- Tuck one into a greeting card as a pretty I.O.U.
- Tuck one or more into your vintage junk journal pages
And the list goes on. So let’s make these two cuties…
Supplies for vintage gift tags:
- Vintage Patriotic Papers (or papers of your choice)
- Glitter (I use Art Glitter)
- Art Glitter Glue with micro-fine tip
- Vintage Photo Distress Ink
- Finger sponge daubers
- Stickles – Mercury Glass
- Pop Dots
Print and cut out all of the elements. I used my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter to make the process go a little faster, but all of the elements are easy to cut with scissors, too.
1. If you don’t want white backs on these tags, print on both sides of the cardstock – the tags on one side, another pattern on the reverse side. This way the backs will look almost as good as the fronts.
2. If you’re not using this paper pack, do the same with the papers you are using. Print one side, flip it over, and print on the other side. Then cut or punch the tags.
3. If you’re using store bought papers, just cut or punch two tags and glue them together, back to back.
Ink the edges of all paper elements with the distress ink and finger daubers. This is the step that adds the most instant vintage appeal to any project. It “erases” that white paper core and adds instant age to it. You can see the big difference in the images below.
Step 3 (optional)
Cut out the little separate girl and boy images. This step is optional because the tags already contain these images. However, for a tag with a little more oomph and depth, we’ll be popping these cuties up on Pop Dots. Ink the edges of these kiddos. (This is where a cutting machine really comes in handy. You can cut all of the elements at once! I explain how in 11 Reasons to Own a Digital Die Cutting Machine.)
Decorate the tiny tags and text boxes. I used Art Glitter in Fauna on the tags, and Stickles in Mercury Glass on the text boxes. I decorated the children using Art Glitter in Cornflower (blue) and Christmas Red.
Attach the cutouts to their appropriate tags using Pop Dots.
Tie ribbon through the holes of the main tags. (I used some of my hand-dyed seam binding.) Attach the tiny tags to the ribbon with linen twine. Tuck the tiny tags behind the heads of the children.
And there you have it – two cute, sparkly vintage patriotic gift tags.
Vintage gift tags are a great 4th of July craft
So what’s on your list for this holiday? Are you creating any paper crafts? Throwing a party? Just camping out with the family for a backyard barbecue? Come on over to the G&B Facebook page and share your holiday with the community. And if you’ve made a project with these papers (or ANY papers), drop an image or two. We wanna see what you’re up to!
More vintage holiday crafts
A Vintage Handmade Patriotic Card
DIY Vintage Valentine Gift Box (It’s Sparkly)
Tag Art – Pause That Trashy Romance with Sparkly Beauty
DIY Vintage Valentine Gift Box (It’s Sparkly)
Vintage Look Holiday Christmas Blocks
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