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Monday, December 20, 2010

{children designed gift tags}

I love doing projects with my kids, and this not only includes them, but highlights their creations. Yesterday afternoon I asked my kids to draw me some Christmas pictures--anything they wanted. We brought out the markers and the white paper, and they went to town. I took their artwork, and made them into absolutely adorable gift tags. The colors are so fun in the unconventional look of the pink tree--it's a true representation of my 4 year old, and I love it!

I love the idea of designing a gift tag for each child, so they can put it on the presents they're giving. Or, just using them on any gifts you're giving! I know my parents would love getting gifts featuring a tag with my children's drawings. How fun for your child's teacher, too!

I made my tags in photoshop, but if you don't have it, don't worry! You can still make them--I'll tell you how!

Children Designed Gift Tags

  • your children's artwork! (on white paper, with marker, any size will work!)
  • scanner
  • cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • distress ink
  • ribbon

1. Once the art is ready, scan it with your scanner, and save it as a file. My son had quite a few drawings on one paper, so I cropped each picture and saved it as it's own file.

Photoshop/Gimp: I created a file that was 5 inches wide, and 3 inches high. I inserted the picture I wanted, then added text and saved it as a jpg file. I opened a new Word document, inserted the jpg file, and adjusted the size. I was able to fit 6 tags on one page. You can also insert your file into a mailing label document, then print onto labels.

Without Photoshop: You have a couple of different options!

The first is to open a Word (or even Power Point) document, insert your picture, and the create a text box for your text. This isn't hard, you will just need to play around with the formatting/sizing until it's how you want it to be. Then you can copy and paste to fit more on the page--I was able to get 6 larger tags.

The second option is to create mailing labels--I suggest the 2x4 inch size, or larger. Open a new label document, then insert your picture and add your text.

2. Print your tags! You can either print them on cardstock as I did, or create mailing labels so they are sticky!

3. If you print on cardstock, cut them to size, distress the edges, and then mat onto coordinating cardstock. You can either punch a hole in the corner to add ribbon, or tape the label flat onto a package. If you print onto label, you can just stick your label on as is, or mat the label as indicated above.

They are just so fun! I can't wait for Christmas Eve, which is the night that my husband and I sit down together and wrap all our kids' gifts together. We've done it since we've been married, and it's one of our favorite traditions. Once the kids are in bed, we pop in a Christmas movie, grab some yummy Christmas treats, and get to work.

Merry Christmas!


Blogger C.R.A.F.T. said...

Those are so sweet and cute! Come on over and link up to MMM :)

December 20, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger ificould said...

Great idea!! I linked to this post today!

December 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Michelle ( said...

What a beautiful way to label your gifts! I'm sure the receivers of those gifts just love it! I can't wait to try this next year with my little one! I really think this is the most creative labels I have seen...thank you for sharing!

December 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger WobiSobi said...

Awww I so love Childen's Art. So beautiful! Great Idea.

December 20, 2010 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This is such a sweet idea -I will have to try this with grandchildren -There is so many things I have no idea how to do on the computer yet but each single day I am learning something new
Thanks for sharing these adorable tags

December 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love the personalized pictures!! So CUTE!! (=

December 21, 2010 at 2:41 AM  
Blogger Johnna said...

Just curious, what distress ink do you use? I love how dark it is! I don't love the one I have so I rarely use it. Do you have any distressing tips?

December 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Davis and Laura said...

You have the cutest, most practical ideas-I love it! I made your mod podge ornaments for my kids at church I teach (they are 4 yr olds) and my whole family! They loved them---one of my kids a church told me they were "fantastic"! :)

December 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger About Me said...

What a great idea to get your kids involved! LOVE it! You could even do that idea for thank you cards, put their Christmas artwork on those too!

December 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger muhammad yousaf said...

Is this washable cards? can you know the print which is durable and washable?

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April 25, 2012 at 5:02 AM  

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