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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. 

wooden hang tags 

NOTE: When using a power drill, please read the instruction manual and take all safety precautions.

Wooden shapes:
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.

Floral supplies:
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.

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On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Mrs P Louis wrote

Hello, Please explain... why do some crafters make such beautiful tags. What can people do with such tags. Is it a replacement for a Greeting Card ?? or just have it as a gift. Thanks, Mrs P Louis

On Friday, April 12, 2013, Linda @ wrote

I love these ideas. I really like the one using a silk leaf and the copper plant tag. Except since I work a lot with copper I would love to make some leaf tags made of copper. I do have a punch that I could use to cut the copper. But the copper would have to be really thin. And that probably wouldn't be very safe. Hmm I will have to think on this. Maybe I should check into that chipboard. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas.

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Cathe Holden wrote

Super ideas Donna and Tee, thank you!

On Monday, April 8, 2013, Tee from Virginia wrote

At Christmas, I often use free images from my fav blogger, the graphics fairy, and a bit of real ribbon as "to and from" tags on gifts. They make even inexpensive trinkets more valuable because of those personal touches.

On Monday, April 8, 2013, AJ from Mi. wrote

Really great ideas !

On Monday, April 8, 2013, Donna from Iowa wrote

You can trace the wood shape on a piece of scrapbook paper, cut out the paper shape and glue to the wood, Sand and distress the edges with a brown ink. Then stamp your words and embellish. Drill your holes. Easy way to add color and design and lots of fun! Love all your ideas! :)


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