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How To: Make Easy Custom Gift Tags with Ribbon

by on Nov 15, 2011

The season of gift-giving is fast approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, we like to make sure all the out-of-towners get their Christmas gifts while they are visiting for Thanksgiving.  And since a drive/flight home usually results in crushed boxes and torn gift tags, I thought I’d make some that were a little more suitcase friendly while being easy enough for any gift-giving occasion.   Easy projects are the best holiday projects, and this is certainly one of those.  For this ribbon gift tag, you need:

  • Ribbon
  • Iron-on Transfer Paper (found at craft stores or office supply departments)
  • Printer (check Transfer Paper for printer type required)
  • Iron
  • Press Cloth

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First, print your desired tag labels on a sheet of transfer paper according to the transfer paper directions.  Make sure the text is mirrored before you print it!  I just used Word Art in Microsoft Word to make my labels, making sure they wouldn’t be bigger than my ribbon. 

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For ribbon, make certain you don’t use something that can melt or shrink under the heat of the iron. 

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Cut a label from your transfer sheet and place it text-side-down on your ribbon.  I chose to label the back side of the ribbon.  Use a press cloth (I used fabric) between your iron and label, and have at it.

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When you peel the paper off, your image is left on your ribbon, all ready to be tied to a gift box or whatnot. 

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Simple and satisfying, right?  Loop it around gift bag handles, tie it to the neighbor’s cookie-in-a-jar gift… it will add that extra special touch to whatever you are giving. 

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