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3 ways to recycle Christmas cards to reuse as gift tags

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People have been making gift tags from old Christmas cards for ages, but with the pretty punches available today that are used in scrapbooking and card making, there are many more options to make pretty gift tags other than plain square or rectangular tags.

1 - To make gift tags using paper punches, choose an appropriate sized punch and center it over the photo you’d like to capture on the Christmas card. Some punches are only suitable for paper or thinner card stock than what might be used for holiday greeting cards, so practice on a scrap piece of the card first to see if your punches will work.

2 - No paper punches? Use pinking shears from your sewing basket, or other fancy-edged craft scissors from your scrapbooking or card-making supplies. Even the simplest of shapes can be more glamorous when given a decorative edge.

3 - If you don’t have fancy punches or scissors, break out the baking supplies and use appropriately themed cookie cutters to make pretty gift tags. Hold the cookie cutter steady over the Christmas card, then lightly trace the shape and cut with regular scissors.

To add even more dimension to your recycled gift tags, cut out a larger shape from colored cardstock or wrapping paper first, then glue or tape the Christmas card cutout to that. Cutting a pretty backing with a paper punch or pinking shears/fancy scissors is an easy workaround if your Christmas cards are too thick to cut with a punch or decorative scissors.

When you’ve finished cutting out your tags, punch a small hole near the top using a paper punch or a large sewing needle, then thread with thin ribbon, yarn, twine, or raffia. Store your finished gift tags in a shoebox or even the box that your own Christmas cards came in, and be ready for next holiday season.

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