DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tags

Happy Sunday, everyone!  How is everyone faring after the eating extravaganza and whirlwind shopping sprees these past few days?  Well, if you’re in need of some craft-therapy like I am, then I’ve gotcha covered.  It’s a holiday project featuring everyone’s favorite craft supply: washi tape!

I was a wee bit late to the washi tape party…kind of like I am to most parties!  It has been all over Pinterest-land for forever-and-a-day, but it was only earlier this fall when I got my hands on some.  The Crafting Fairy just happened to be in my neighborhood and dropped a box of goodies on my doorstep.  As I opened up this box of wonder and spied the bright and colorful collection of tapes inside, I could practically hear the angels sing.  ”Ahhhhhhh!”

The collection of washi, masking, and Scotch tapes was too fantasmagorical to just let sit and wait patiently for projects in which I could use them individually…so, I thought up a fun project in which to use them all!  D.I.Y. Washi Tape Christmas Tags!

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape!  {Free cut file included.}  Via thinkingcloset.com

Here’s the step-by-step tutorial, so you, too, can jazz up your Christmas gifts this year with some d.i.y. gift tags, and so, you have a good excuse to nab some washi tape, too.  (As of 12/1/13, Pick Your Plum had a really fab deal on Christmas washi that I took advantage of myself!  Click HERE for my affiliate link.)

Tutorial

Step 1.  Decorate white cardstock with washi!  This is a great opportunity to involve the kids in your Christmas crafting.  Just give them some colorful tape and have them go hog-wild layering it and creating patterns on a sheet of 12″ x 12″ white cardstock.  Since my only “kid” is a little kitty cat named Mangy who lacks opposable thumbs, I decided to tackle this step myself, applying my strips of washi side-by-side diagonally across the paper.

Decorating cardstock with washi tape!

Then, I trimmed the edges so they were nice n’ clean.

Trimmed up edges...ready to be cut into tags!

Step 2.  Design your tags!  Now, I used my Silhouette machine for this project, and while you could use an x-acto knife instead, why would you when there are some EPIC sales on Silhouette machines right now?  Stay tuned because I’m going to break it all down for you at the end of this tutorial.

So, here’s how I created the designs for my tags.  I created my own gift tag shape in Silhouette Studio using a rectangle and circle welded together.  Then, I used the internal offset tool to create a slightly smaller tag inside the larger one.  Next, I added various Christmas graphics to the tags from free clip art files I found, and I used one of my favorite free fonts, Marmellata Jam, to create text for some of the tags.

Designing my tags in Silhouette Studio.

Free Cut File

To save y’all some time, I’m sharing a free cut file with 9 different tag designs for you to download today.  Just click on the image below to visit box.com and download the file to add to your collection.  [Fine print: This design is for personal use and not to be used for commercial purposes.]

Free Cut File for Christmas Gift Tags via thinkingcloset.com

To download the free studio file, click HERE.

Step 3.  Cut your outer tags.  Before cutting your tags, you need to tell your Silhouette which lines to cut and which to ignore.  So, open up the Cut Style window (the little scissors), and select “No Cut” to all shapes except the outer tag shape and the tiny hole-punch.  For those, you’ll want to select “Cut.”  (What is in bright red is what your machine will cut.)

Cutting your tags in Silhouette Studio.

Now, while you may think it smart to cut out your tags washi side down, so your blade doesn’t get caught on the tape…

Don't put your cardstock washi-side-down on the mat.  It won't stick well enough to it!

…don’t do it!  I found that because of the waxy finish on the washi tape, my cardstock wasn’t sticking well enough to my cutting mat, and it began floating every which way.  I definitely ruined some of my washi’d paper that way.  {Sad-face.}

However, when I flipped my cardstock over so the washi side was up, it cut seamlessly!  I didn’t change any cut settings; just used the standard settings for cutting cardstock.

Washi side up works best for cutting with your Silhouette machine.

Then, I weeded out my newly cut tags.  They were so bright and colorful, I contemplated stopping right here…but something inside told me to press on.  And press on, I did.

Washi-covered gift tags!

Step 3.  Cut your inner tags.  I absolutely loved working with the adhesive-backed cardstock on my DIY Photo Booth Props this October, so I seized this opportunity to use the material again!  I pulled out some sheets of Silhouette’s black adhesive-backed cardstock and prepared to cut out the shapes I had designed on my inner tags.

Adhesive Backed Cardstock via thinkingcloset.com

Like earlier, I had to open up the Cut Style window and select “No Cut” to all shapes except the inner tag shape, the Christmas graphics and text, and the tiny hole-punch.  For those, I selected “Cut.”

Cutting your tags in Silhouette Studio.

Then, I put my machine to work yet again!

Silhouette machine, hard at work, cutting adhesive-backed cardstock!

Once the inner tags were cut, I peeled them up off the page and applied them to the outer tags, matching up the hole-punches as I went along.

Assembling the Christmas Gift Tags....  via thinkingcloset.com

The final step was to tie some ribbon through the hole-punches to get these tags gift-ready, and here they are:

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out!  I just love how the bright and bold colors of the washi stand out in contrast with the black.

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

The rebel in me also delights in the fact that they’re not your typical Christmas colors; the hot colors almost imply they were created by a child of the 80s.  Hmmmm….  Verrrry verrry interesting.  {Wink.}

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

My Christmas Gift Tags are the opposite of a mullet: party on the front…

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

…business on the back!

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

Now, it’s time to start wrapping some of my DIY Christmas gifts!  Like my DIY Painted Cork Coasters and Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware.  I’m usually up late the night before Christmas doing my wrapping, so for once, maybe I can actually be prepared!

DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tags - - A fun way to jazz up your Christmas gifts this year and indulge your washi tape obsession!

More DIY Gift Wrap Inspiration

If DIY gift tags and gift wrap are your thang, well then, it’s a wrap!  Check out my Handmade Stamped Gift Tags, Stamped Wrapping Paper Tutorial, & 5 DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorials.

DIY Wrapping Paper & Gift Tag Ideas over at thinkingcloset.com

EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale!

EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale, 11/28 - 12/8 at thinkingcloset.com! MAJOR deals on Silhouette machines and supplies using the code CLOSET. So, if you are sick and tired of wearing out your wrist using an x-acto knife for projects like these, let me just remind y’all of the EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale that is running from now through December 8th.  It’s the biggest Silhouette sale they have ever had–ever–and it’s so epic, it just may be worth texting Santa about!

By clicking through to the special promo page and using my affiliate code, CLOSET, at checkout, Thinking Closet readers can buy any of these bundles for a sweet, sweet song:

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More Silhouette Inspiration?  Questions?

If you want to see a whole collection of all the Silhouette projects I made in 2013 along with my silly parody video of, “All I Want for Christmas…is a Silhouette Cameo,” be sure to check out my EPIC post announcing the sale.

And if you have any questions at all about the Silhouette machine or my experience with certain materials, feel free to drop me a comment below, and I’ll be sure to reply to you in time for you to take advantage of this awesome promotion!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

{Linking up here.}

Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase using my code, I receive a small commission.  Please rest assured that as always, I only recommend products that I use and love.  And I don’t just love my Cameo, I’m sort of obsessed with it…if you couldn’t already tell.  Tee hee.

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Love your tags, Lauren. I just hate that I didn’t get one! Thanks for the cutting file.

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Aw, thanks, Glenna! But now hopefully with the tutorial you could make some yourself! With all your free time…wink. ;-)

  2. They are great and everyone will love them. So many projects I would love to do. Actually I started putting things I would like to make in a bag last year. It is my ideas bag. I think it was a borrowed idea from “pillows a la mode” :)

  3. I adore these Christmas gift tags. Please stop by and link up again at our Link It or Lump It party this week!!

    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2013/12/link-it-or-lump-it-party-16.html

  4. Those are gorgeous! Love all things washi-fab! Great work, Lauren!

  5. Absolutely brilliant and gorgeous.
    *Pinned

  6. Love the gift tags Lauren! Very creative & useful ~ you just have too much fun with that Silhouette!!

  7. Super cute gift tags!!!

  8. These are so cute. I love all the bright colors!

  9. Laur,
    Such a creative, cross-cut, cut-up you are! I’m not sure I’m going to try this out (I enjoy using the free tags I get in the mail), but I think your ’80′s colors and style would have worked in my hippie days just as well! Oops, my headband is slipping.
    D.

  10. These are so cute Lauren! Great tip on the washi tape being side up!! Thanks for such a great tutorial! :)

  11. oh! these are so pretty Lauren! :-) I love how you created your own and what a great idea you had of not just decorating them with washi tape (I love how the bright colors pop against the black) very pretty :-) I wanted to make a Christmas proj with my Silhouette but I wasn’t successful, I still need to play with it
    but I hope next challenge I would be able to participate :-)

  12. Brilliant, Lauren!! I LOVE how these turned out!! xo

  13. Those are SO fun! Pinned this to my Washi Tape Crafts board! :)

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Oooo! I love that you have a Washi Tape Crafts board! Now I need to make sure I’m following you on Pinterest….

  14. These are so fantastic. I adore everything about them! I’ll be featuring these on my blog on Saturday.

    http://www.sumossweetstuff.com

    Thanks for linking up to the Block Party!
    Sumo:)

  15. LOVE this idea! I think I’m going to try it today!!

    A new FB follower stopping by from Nifty Thrifty Sunday!

    http://christyscraftycorner.blogspot.com/

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Christy, I’m DELIGHTED that you did try it out and that it turned out so beautifully! Cannot wait to share your project in my upcoming Reader Showcase! (And thanks for the follow.)

  16. Hi Lauren! As always…another awesome project on The Thinking Closet. I wanted to let you know that one of my co-hosts picked your Washi Tape Gift Tags as a feature on the Link It or Lump It Link Party this week! I hope you’ll come on over and grab a button and link up again. – Melissa http://www.twoityourself.com/2013/12/link-it-or-lump-it-link-party-17-plus.html

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      You’re too sweet, Melissa! Thanks for letting me know about the feature! Can’t wait to hop over and join in the linky fun. Y’all have one of the best parties in blogland!

  17. I love this idea! I can’t use the cut files sadly, sniff, sniff :) but I can still use the idea and cut everything by hand so thanks!!

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Sniff, sniff, indeed! But hopefully a simpler cut-out like a triangle shaped tree or a star wouldn’t be too time-consuming with an exacto knife! If you do decide to tackle it, Tracy, I’d love for you to send me a pic so I can feature you in my next Reader Showcase! Happy creating.

  18. Wow, how creative and cute. Great Job :)

  19. These are so pretty and I think it’s so sweet of you to share the Silhouette cut-out patterns for free!

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