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DIY Gift Bag Tags For Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Lifestyle | 2 comments

My green conscious and my thriftiness drive me to save and reuse gift bags, but there’s a problem with this. While the corners may still be crisp after a gift bag’s first use, the tag is ruined. Luckily there’s an easy, green solution to this problem. You can make your own gift bag tags reusing old cards.

Christmas cards and ribbon

For this project you will need:

  • Old cards
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil and stencil (optional)

DIY Gift bag tags

To create a stencil for my tags I cut the corners off a business card but you may want to get more creative with the shapes or do some “free form” cutting.

Once you determine your shape, cut it out and punch a hole in the top of the tag.

DIY Gift bag tagThen fill out the tag and attach it to the bag with a ribbon. I used ribbon saved from a gift too, which means the materials for this project were 100% recycled and free!

The hanger straps on clothes are another great source for free ribbon. I’ve always cut mine out because they are uncomfortable and now they won’t go to waste.

Now that the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to create your tags for next year, and you can continue to collect birthday and other holiday cards to create tags for other occasions.

Do you  have a green gift giving tip? If so, please share it in the comments below.

Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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  1. Linda Kozlenko

    Hey Nicole, Great tip. I’ve been doing this for years! Who knew I was ahead of my time?

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