Create these festive DIY paper ornament gift tags with the free templates and your favorite shimmery papers. A great addition to your holiday gifts and a fun keepsake that can be hung on the tree!
I love all things vintage around the holidays – especially holiday cards and gift wrap from the ’50s and ’60s! The artwork is so fun and interesting! After coming across images of mid-century artwork depicting holiday ornaments, I was inspired to create a holiday ornament banner. I decided these fun paper ornaments would also make great gift tags so I created a few more to use on my holiday gifts this year.
I created the banner in silvers and reds to match my mom’s holiday décor. For these ornament gift tags, I decided to use bright colors in metallic and glitter papers. I created them in the same way, but instead of stringing them on one long ribbon, I gave each ornament a little ribbon loop. The gift tags can be saved and used as ornaments on a tree! Below is the tutorial along with the free printable template. I enjoy paper crafting and don’t mind cutting so I enjoyed this project. You can mix and match the shapes to create all sorts of designs. I think I may do this one year with my kids by pre-cutting the shapes and then letting them create their own gift tags! My son loves using his glue-stick so this would be right up his alley :)
DIY Paper Ornament Gift Tags
- Free printable template: Link located at the end of this post
- Decorative paper in various colors
- Hole punch
- Star punch and decorative scissors *optional
- Glue and tape
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Cut out the ornaments shapes and design pieces.
Print the pages of the template and use them to cut out the ornament shapes. I cut the large ornament shapes out from the template and traced around them onto my decorative paper before cutting them out.
For the smaller star and circle shapes, I used a transfer method. I love using this transfer method – it saves me the time of cutting a pattern out and it’s really simple. Start by coloring the back of the design with pencil.
Lay the pattern, facing up, onto the back of the decorative paper. Trace around the design with a pencil, this will transfer onto the back side of your decorative paper.
Then you can cut out the transferred design. Use this method to cut out stars, circles and diamonds to decorate your paper ornaments! For the circles, you can also grab household objects and trace those directly onto the back of your decorative paper.
Step Two: Glue the design pieces on to the ornaments.
Adhere the decorative shapes to the large ornament shapes. I ended up using a glue stick, craft glue and a tape runner depending on the paper. It was a bit trial and error to see what worked best, especially with the heavily glittered paper! Once your ornaments are finished, let them sit under a few heavy books overnight to flatten them out.
Step Three: Add a hanging ribbon.
The final step is to attach a ribbon or string so the tag can be attached to a gift. Punch a hole in the top of each ornament, being careful to center it. I used metallic cording I found in Target’s dollar section.
I love these cute little ornaments and how festive they look on my gifts! Wrapping gifts is not my favorite thing to do, but pretty paper and tags help make it more fun! I almost have all of our gifts finished and wrapped, a huge improvement from last year when I was sewing right up until the last minute to finish things up! I am looking forward to this week. We are baking Thursday and Friday which my son is really excited about! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! I’ll be back after Christmas with a fun New Year’s project :)
Happy Holidays and thank you for visiting me at Crafting Cheerfully :)
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