Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How to Make Gift Tags on Your Printer

I have had a few people ask me how I make printed tags.
I am almost a little embarrassed to share because my method is probably lacking in technical form!
But I know there are others out there like me...I like SIMPLE and easy...so here we go!

The tags are a great way to personalize any gift.
Remember these from last year?
 The possibilities are endless.
This year, I am making monogrammed tags and using numbers...they are so fun.

The tags are really easy to make. 

You will need:
Manila tags {you can find them at an office supply store for under 10 cents}
Mine are a bigger size {2"x4"} but a smaller size is fine.
cellophane tape
your printer:)

Using any basic Word program, design your tag.
Make sure to center the picture and move it down at least a couple of spaces from the top...you need to leave room for the tag hole.
Also...measure your tag. You don't want to create a HUGE design that isn't going to fit.
Usually in the lower right corner of any Word program you can see how many inches wide/long your design is shaping to be.

Next, print out a sample.

Now you will need to see if everything will fit on your tag perfectly...so here is my high tech way of figuring that out.

Grab your tag and sample print...

place the tag in the back and hold it up to the light.
Everything look OK?
You are ready to print!

Here is where I get really tricky:).
Take a piece of computer paper and fold it in half length wise.
You will use the crease to mark the center of the paper.

Now, place your tag just about 1/2 cm down from the top and use the little hole at the top to center it. 
The crease should be directly in the middle of the tag hole:).
Take four small pieces of cellophane tape and just press your fingers on them to decrease the stickiness. 
Yes...I am so technical!
Tape down all four edges with a very small part of the tape, like so...

To print, lay the paper in the feeder FACE DOWN and TAG SIDE first.
Print away and whalaa...you have a beautiful tag for next to nothing!!
To remove, gently peel away the tape.

I printed this tag up for a Thanksgiving gift for my cousins, Aunt, and Uncle.

The little container is from Target and I filled it with delicious Ginger Molasses Cookies.
Recipe HERE from Gumbo Lily.
They are the best cookies EVER!

Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!



Joy said...

Those are so cute! Thanks for showing how you do it...that looks like the way I do things! :)

Sandy said...

Who cares about how you did it?
Look at the result?
Would love to receive these?
Gorgeous and tres chic!

Unknown said...

Lovely (and simple!) tutorial, Julia! I'm Pinning you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Gumbo Lily said...

I hesitatingly began to read this post, knowing that I am not so techy when it comes to printing fancy things like tags on my computer/printer. As I kept on reading, I was tickled to see your method is something I might be able to do! YOU are brilliant, Julia! Brilliant, I say! Thank you for sharing your tricks.

I'm so glad to see you've tried the cookie recipe. It's our family's favorite. It is a must-make for the holidays around here.

CW said...

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet Julie! I am thankful for your beautiful friendship.... I pray the LORD blesses you with a wonderful day.

Carissa Anne said...

Love this!!!

The tags and the cookies!!!! :-)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Love carissa

Kaitlin@Homemaker Design said...

See this is why I love coming to your blog. I was thinking, hey today would be a great day to make some gingerbread cookies....where to get a good recipe...and I thought I stop here and search your site - but right here on this post is what I need! Thanks! lol!

Bonnie said...

Thank you Julia. This is one tutorial I will definitely use. You've made it easy. Happy Thanksgiving.

Amanda said...

I'm certain you are the most creative girl I know;)


Robin {keephomesimple} said...

Super cute Julia! I love homemade Christmas gift tags! I made some last week with numbers on them for our family's Christmas presents with numbers on them too! {I assigned each family member a number.} I used a stencil to paint them onto some card stock. {But that's for another post.} Hey, thanks again for your sweet comment about my back. I'm still recovering but doing better. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

3rnigerians said...

They turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is so simple, beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.

E said...

Ahhh love the "technique" I use the same one :) !! End result is wonderful and so thoughtful who wouldn't love thie gift ? !! E

Unknown said...

How can I do 100 of these tags for my wedding? Any ideas would appreciated

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