Lisa Leonard Designs

easy gift tags.

September 14th | older posts

for gift wrap i consistently use kraft paper boxes or craft bags.
i love the simplicity and the vintage look.

i picked up an old children’s book at an antique store for about $10. it was full of the sweetest drawings. i just ripped out some cute pics (i know, all the librarians are shuddering right now) and used double-sided tape to attach them to the manilla tags (available at staples, about $5 for 50). then i used my alphabet stamps and brown ink to add a word.

it took me all of about 5 minutes, but aren’t they cute?!

what’s your favorite way to wrap a gift?

26 Responses

  1. Chrissie says:

    Cute, sis!
    I love the brown craft bags, too. And white tissue paper with a fun tag.
    Love you.

  2. Forever Greatful to be a Wife and Mommie says:

    What a cute idea!!! Makes me want to give someone a gift!

    I like to use modern looking wrapping paper and use brown stings or raffia (sp?)

  3. Heidi @ GGIP says:

    I had tons of fun last Christmas making my own gift tags. No one had any idea they were home made! I just used vellum paper and stamps and some irridescent stamp pads. I definitely am going to do it again this year. That is a craft project even I can handle!

    Yours are beautiful! I like that look!

  4. C and H Romenesko says:

    Great idea. My favorite way to wrap gifts (it’s not very eco-friendly, so I may have to rethink gift wrapping when I return to the US), is with printed cello wrap with a metallic no-peek layer underneath and a fabric bow. There are some really cute patterns at papermart (link below) and I probably have about 15different rolls stashed away.

  5. Nikki says:

    I use Trader Joe’s grocery bags, inside out of course, and stamp, paint, or write on it before wrapping whatever gift needs wrapping :) I LOVE doing this. Thanks for the gift tag ideas!

  6. BloomingAlmond says:

    What a great idea!!
    Hmmm… My favorite… Right now I don’t have any… But I used to use newspaper and string to an unfinished look and red tags that looked like a travel case… :)

  7. Cristi says:

    I can’t stand those store bought bows in a bag. YUK YUK Ribbon only. All kinds. One year I made my own paper from a brown roll of mailing paper. I stamped it with christmas shaped sponges. Then used raffia as the bow. That was neat. But again, never never store bought bags of bows. No no no! (Love the tag idea!)

  8. Carolina Mama says:

    So unique – you think of the best ideas. Thanks for sharing. Really cute.

  9. traci says:

    very cute idea!!!

  10. Deborah says:

    Too cute! I enjoy reading your blog very much :)

  11. katarinas mama says:

    Tulle for ribbons…that’s my little secret…

  12. Paige says:

    I’m a fan of using ribbon in creative ways to wrap gifts too.

    I just love the vintage look of your tags. Thanks for the cool tip!

  13. Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) says:

    So, so cute. I love people who have great ideas.

  14. mandy says:

    love the tags! I love to use the comics section

  15. Alice Wills Gold says:

    So cute.

  16. Joanie says:

    Darling ideas. Aren’t alphabet stamps amazing?

  17. A Farmer's Wife says:

    SO CUTE!!! You are SO creative!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  18. Apple says:

    I like to wrap my gifts full of colorful wrapping paper. I am a color girl!!! :)

  19. Pink Lemonade Bags says:

    That is so clever! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Stephanie says:

    Those are darling! I love the brown theme. It’s so classic, and non-gender specific. Easy to have around for all ages and sex. Thanks for the ideas :)

  21. Wendy says:

    Those are so cute! What a great idea!

  22. Jennifer Lynn says:

    What a brilliant idea! I, too, am so drawn to the vintage children illustrations … I try to capture their innocence in my own illustrations … thank you so much for sharing this wonderfully quick way to add something special to a gift.

  23. asnipofgoodness says:

    This is such a great idea, I just love the look, and so easy, yet thoughtful.

  24. D@nielle says:

    I use a lot of paperbags from my store & add a (hat)pin in a cute color or design to close. Love your idea, I buy old childrens books all the time and get my husband to scan the pics in so I can reuse them.

  25. Wani says:

    I don’t always get as creative as I used to when it comes to gifts. My favorite is to create a gift basket/box so the gift itself gets to be a part of the creative part. A favorite is a wedding gift: nice basket, tablecloth, spaghetti, sauce (in a nice jar), two inexpensive glasses, etc. Its like a date kit for the newlyweds!
    By the way, thanks for sharing about your son David. We’ve been dealing with my second son’s developmental delays since early this year. We’re still searching for answers as to why he’s having delays. While our experiences pale in comparison its nice to hear other families’ stories and remember that we’re not alone.

  26. Alicia says:

    i gift wrap with newspapers! there are so many options: colorful comics, interesting graphics, and for a more dressy look, i like plain black and white newsprint paired with a bright ribbon or bow.

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