Thursday, October 25, 2012

Re-usable Christmas gift tags.

I can't decide if this idea should come under the heading of being environmentally friendly or just plain frugal - it fits both! Here's my re-usable Christmas gift tags....




You may be wondering how on earth they are re-usable....well they're chalkboard tags! How cool is that?!!

I hate to think of any of my stitching being thrown out, but what on earth can you do with a little cross stitch tag once it has been used? By making the cross stitch into chalkboard tags they can be used again and again and again! Environmentally friendly and frugal too. It's a win, win situation.

To make these tags, all you need are some little wooden shapes from the craft store (you can use any shape, hearts, stars, circles etc). These are really cheap, I think I paid about 60 cents each. The hardest part of this project is peeling the sticky label off the wooden shape. Honestly, that was the hard part, these labels refused to come off in one piece! Then all you have to do is give the tags a couple of coats of chalkboard paint and once they are dry you can, if you want to, decorate the edges using a white paint pen.  Tie a ribbon through the hole and then attach your stitching.  Voila -  re-usable tags!


For this one I attached the stitching to the main part of the tag.


If you have a rather large gift and want a larger tag, then you can add the stitching to the top part of the wooden tag to make the whole thing a bit bigger. I stitched the snowman on plastic canvas so that the entire thing was a bit more robust and would last more than one Christmas season.


Chalkboard paint comes in other colours too, so you can opt for bright red, or forest green etc if you don't fancy plain, old fashioned black!

So that's some tags made,  now I just have to think of the gifts to go with them. Nothing like doing things backwards!!!

Until next time...happy stitching.

Rhona


15 comments:

Cath said...

Wow ,what a fantastic idea. They would be great as ornies too , and you could write a message for each year.

Faith... said...

Very clever! Thanks

cucki said...

Wow they are so beautiful xxx

Le trame della Galaverna said...

It is a very original idea.
well done.
ciao Giovanna

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Hey i actually happen to have some chalkboard paint - this is a brilliant idea - and they look fantastic, awesome - am going to try this idea out asap - now im off to look for some cute little designs for my tags - thanks Rhona :)

Monique said...

You always come up with the best ideas.

Mii Stitch said...

So clever!! It's always awful for me to get rid of cute wrapping & things at Christmas!!! This is ideal, I love the snowman, so colourful...

Caitlin Jordan said...

I think its wonderful. no waste. on the part of lazy I made big bags about 5 years ago and we reuse them every christmas as the wrapping paper. no mess! I like things you can reuse.

♥ Nia said...

Really, really cool!! :D Such a great idea!! Congrats!!
And it looks adorable too =)
hugs&smiles

DJH said...

That is a great idea. I love how they look!

Vilje Vanilje said...

This was a good idea:)

Helen said...

I LOVE these! Great designs & an awesome idea - you're a star! Happy stitching, Helen

Valma said...

this is a very great idea =)
bravo
very cute little pieces
can make cute ornaments too
I love your ideas
xxxx

Waseem said...

so clever and simple tags...i wish to keep it in mind and will use if i ever need it for Gift Card envelopes to use in..thanks you share it.

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