I have been designing gift & favor tags for many years now, and offered them for sale on my Etsy shop as printed tags. I have decided to take my designs and make them as a printables. This post is a detailed tutorial on how to make your printable gift & favor tags at home, and the best part is, you can use them year after year.
SO, LET'S GET STARTED MAKING THEM
High quality printer
1/8 in hole punch
Scissors for cutting ribbon or twine
1/8 in ribbon or baker’s twine
80 lb or heavier white card stock size 8.5x11 inches
Corner rounder (optional)
Ruler for measuring ribbon or twine
1 | SET UP PRINTER & OPEN THE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG PDF OR JPG FILE
You may print the document with an inkjet or laser printer. Although if laser is an option for you at home, I recommend using it since the inks will not smudge if they get wet. Load your printer with white card stock, making sure the weight of the card stock is one your printer can handle printing on. Now open your printable gift and favor tag template file.
2 | PRINT ONE COPY AS A TEST PRINT
Before printing out large quantities, you should do one test print to ensure your file prints correctly. The colors you see on the computer screen are typically not the colors you see in print.
3 | PRINT OUT THE BACKER REVERSE SIDE (OPTIONAL)
If you are printing out your tags without the reverse side design, then skip this step. To print the reverse side, open up your printable reverse side backer file that was included with your purchase. If your printer does duplex printing, follow your printer's instruction manual - otherwise continue on with these instructions. Take your stack of printed gift tags and load them into your printer tray. Be sure turn your stack the right way. My printer prints on the up-facing side, so I placed my print facing down and top of the tags to the right.
Do another single test print to make sure it prints out correctly, then if everything looks good, print more copies until you have all of your tag pages printed front and back.
4 | CUT & ASSEMBLE YOUR TAGS
Using a straight cutter, cut out tags along the inside of the gray cut lines to trim off the lines until all tags are cut out.
Once each tag is cut out, you can corner round each tag with a large corner rounder (this is optional).
Using the small hole mark on each tag as a guide, punch out the hole with a small 1/8 inch single hole punch.
If you have not cut your ribbon or twine to desired length, go ahead and do that now. I recommend a 12-inch length of ribbon. To thread each tag with with 1/8 inch ribbon or baker’s twine, fold ribbon/twine in half lining up ends. Take center of fold, and thread through the hole from front of tag to the back. Pull ends through the loop and gently tighten on tag. Be careful to not pull hard so your tag does not rip on the corner.
In addition to using the backer print for your tags, you can also use the printable sheet to make scrapbook paper, small gift wrap paper, and many other DIY projects. Just print the backer file out on high quality text weight paper stock.
Want to order a roll of our designs to wrap larger gifts, or as fabric for other projects?
You can order some of our designs now in our Spoonflower shop. We will be adding more to the shop soon!