Intro: Make Gift Tags From Junk Mail
I get so many catalogs in the mail this time of year. The stuff inside is very pretty, but I can't afford any of it, so I decided to use them to make gift tags.
And best of all, they're pretty much free. (Besides my cats like to eat the bows I try to put on presents, but they leave these alone.)
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Here's what you'll need.
A catalog from the mail
Red and green construction paper, or card stock.
I find the flower catalogs work really well, and I get a lot of them.
Step 2: Cut Out Some Flowers
Cut out your flower shapes. I do it freestyle, but you could look for a template online. Make them in different sizes. You can usually cut through many pages at the same time. This catalog was pretty thin, so I was able to cut through the whole thing at once.
Step 3: Circles and Leaves
Next you cut out some leaves and some circles from the red and green construction paper.
Step 4: Put It Together
Now that you have all of your pieces cut out, you can put it together.
First put the fastener through the red circle, then some small flowers, then medium, then large.
Finish it off with a leaf or two, then open the fastener and you're done.
Step 5: Final Touch
You can fold the petals up a little to give it a third dimension. Write To: and From: on the leaf, and put it on your present.
Easier than tying a bow, and you don't have to buy any ribbon. Also better looking than writing on the package with a sharpie. (which is what I usually do)
Runner Up in the
Homemade Holidays: Holiday Card Contest