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DIY vintage-style gift tags

Two weeks to go! We picked up this sweet little tree at the weekend. We never usually bother with a tree but I couldn’t resist a baby one, and we can plant it up in the garden in January. Plus it makes it less likely that the cats will destroy it – Lila had a little sniff but they’ve otherwise left it alone.

Christmas wapping

I parked myself festively in front of it yesterday to do a bit of pressie wrapping. The letterpress-style wrapping I found (from Paperchase and Primark) inspired me to make personalised gift tags with the recipients’ initials on.

Christmas wapping

They’re based on the design of some vintage playing cards that I picked up at Spitalfields market a while ago. I didn’t want to use the originals so just picked a similar typeface and ran them off on my computer. You can download my PSD template here – you’ll need this free font as well.

Christmas wapping

Then I just cut them out, used a rounded-corner cutter on the edges and punched a hole which I strung with bakers’ twine.

Helper cat did not help at all.



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  1. Some lovely ideas here – the letterpress labels look great and your Christmas tree may be little… but is is very festive!

  2. Lovely post, I particularly like helper cat! :) x

  3. Brinda h

    was looking for old Victorian book covers for craft paper for children with cancer to make them a special gift ..thx so much for your web site enjoyed it very much .. hapyy new year and health mrs b h

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