DIY Christmas Tags: Recycle Old Christmas Cards & Add a Personalized Touch!

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This year I decided to make my own Christmas tags to add a personalized touched to some special gifts for some special people.

After making my first few, I realized I LOVE these homemade tags much more than any store bought ones and best of all, they are extremely cheap to make. You can hang on to Christmas Cards you’ve received from friends and family this year and reuse them for next years Christmas tags!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Christmas cards (used or new)
  • Printed name of recipient + message (hand written or by computer)
  • Transparent tape
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Puncher

Now Let’s get started!

1. Cut the Christmas card in half like so:

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2. Cut out your recipient name and message and paste onto the decorative side of the card, make sure to leave extra space on the left end for the ribbon.

3.  Tie a ribbon around the edge of the left side of the tag.

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4. Finish with a small bow and secure in place by adding tape to the back of the tag.

5. Use the hole puncher to create a hole on the top left or right of the tag, loop through with ribbon to attach to gift if necessary (for wine bottles, gift baskets, and other non rectangular gifts)

And there we have it, easy homemade Christmas tags! I used new Christmas cards that I purchased from a dollar store last year for half price after boxing day at $0.63 for 15 cards, the ribbon was $0.40 a spool at Michaels Craft Store and the messages were printed from my computer.

It’s a little bit of extra work, but definitely worth it. Enjoy!


  1. I have been doing this in one form or another for years, save a bundle on buying gift tags, you can also use the the used wrapping paper as well (I know we do still have to use it sometimes for those special gifts, cause sometimes the gift bags just don’t work!) I actually have enough to do me my life time I think? May start giving them as gifts as well, or may try selling them too! :)

  2. I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Such a money saving idea-fabulous! I’m happy I saw this.

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