Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Crafting Unique Hang Tags | Family Economics
By Cathe Holden
Next time you give a gift, sell a craft or label a compartment, consider adding a unique, handmade hang tag. Hang tags make great additions to presents and often can be all you need for any unusual shaped gift package. If you sell your wares at a craft fair, fun tags can add a lot of charm to your product and allow a good place to add pricing and other information about you, your company and products. If you’re organizing at home, tags come in handy for labeling contents of shoe boxes, wardrobe bags and small drawer units. The uses are limitless and the materials vast. Here are some fun ideas to start:
Chipboard product packaging:
Thin chipboard is commonly used in product and food packaging such as cereal boxes. This lightweight but heavy material is excellent for creating hang tags, by either hand cutting shapes with scissors, or with the use of paper punches in various shapes. Once a shape has been cut out, use a paper hole-punch to put a small hole at the top and attach a string. Handwrite on the blank side with a permanent marker or gel pen.
NOTE: When using a power drill, please read the instruction manual and take all safety precautions.
Most craft stores stock small, blank wooden disks and shapes, which make fun keepsake tags. You can also use a popsicle stick or tongue depressors for fun, long hang tags. Use a small drill bit and power drill to create a hole at the top of each wooden piece for string, twine or ribbon. Embellish the tags with rubber stamps, stickers, paint, glitter or small scrapbook embellishments.
Silk plant leaves written on with a metallic marker make beautiful tags. Attach the leaves to a gift or product with a staple or needle and thread. Use a hot glue gun to attach a full flower bloom to a packaging’s wrap and handwrite onto the petals.
Shiny aluminum plant tags are fun to work with for creating embossed designs and salutations. Most plant tags come with wire ties for attaching to objects.
Vintage family photos, reduced in size and printed on cardstock, also make great hang tags. Place multiple photos on your desktop scanner, or have them scanned at a copy shop, reduce them in size and print to heavy-weight paper. Trim out individual photos, punch a hole in the top center for string or ribbon and keep a few extra on hand for any future gifting.
What ideas do you have for creating unique and inexpensive hang tags?
Photo courtesy of Cathe Holden.