How to Make Photo Gift Tags

Instead of the usual gift tags, use photos to identify your gift recipients. Old childhood photos or silly pictures will make gift-giving much more fun.

Different types of Christmas wrapping aranged with photo tags in a photo

Christmas Gift Wrap Photo Tags

Different types of Christmas wrapping aranged with photo tags in a photo

A holiday gathering of close friends and family wouldn’t be complete without a few trips down memory lane. This year, kick off the nostalgia by incorporating childhood photos onto gifts to indicate who the recipient is — the goofier, the better! Tie off with decorative ribbon for a spin on the traditional gift tag that’s festive, sentimental and sure to evoke a laugh or two.

Materials Needed

  • circle cutter or circle punch (in the size you want your finished tags)
  • standard hole punch
  • full-sheet sticker label
  • photos on your computer
  • colored card stock
  • ribbon
  • white gel pen
  • scissors
  • printer

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Buff Strickland

Print Photos

Choose a photo of the gift's recipient and scale it to a size that's just a bit larger than your circle punch. Change the image to black and white, then print onto sticker label sheets. Using scissors, cut out the image, keeping a white border to give yourself a bit more play when punching out the image. Punch the circle, then peel back one corner to expose the label sheet's adhesive side and mount onto colorful card stock.

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Buff Strickland

Fill Out the Back

Flip punched tag over and write "to" and "from" lines on the back. After your tag has been addressed, use a standard hole punch to create a small hole for ribbon or twine. Add to boxes wrapped in simple craft paper and tied with velvet ribbon.

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