DIY Gift Tags and Last Minute Gifts

Suppose you are invited to someone's holiday party and forgot to shop for a gift for them. My mother's words come back to haunt me at this point. Mom shouts down from heaven, "Never go to someone's house empty handed." Sometimes I also hear her advise, "Take a sweater", but that  advice doesn't apply to bringing hostess gifts.

Here are my directions on how to find gifts around your house and how to make gift tags for them: 

Supplies you need for gift tags: a manila file folder, hole punch, scissors, piece of twine, ribbon or string, a pencil and earaser and a thin tipped felt pen ( colored pens are optional). 

Cut the manila folder into rectangles the size of a standard business card. Snip off the two top corners at angles. Punch a hole near the top in the middle of the card. Draw elipses (squashed circles) with a light pencil line to get the shapes for the bottom and shoulders of the bottles. Draw over your outlines and write your message with a thin tip felt pen.  Color with colored pencils if you want.  Thread a ribbon or twine through the hole and attach the gift card to your gift. 

 Cutting and drawing your gift tags

Cutting and drawing your gift tags

 Another design using elipses and how to attach the ribbon loop

Another design using elipses and how to attach the ribbon loop

Look around your home for items you can assemble into quicky gifts. Do you have an extra of a favorite pen or an old cream pitcher whose sugar jar mate has disappeared? Imagine the possibilities.

 The pen and pencil were gifts I received and was quite happy to get. Every artist I know loves to receive art supplies

The pen and pencil were gifts I received and was quite happy to get. Every artist I know loves to receive art supplies

Don't go overboard finding imaginative gifts and wrapping around your home. I think Mom once advised me to use stay within the limits of good taste.

Happy Holidays to All! And best wishes for happy art making and good health in 2015! 

 Some might find these gifts and wrapping questionable

Some might find these gifts and wrapping questionable