Recycle your Christmas cards to make FREE gift tags!

Gift tags are such a simple thing to make. Here’s what you need…

  • Last year’s Christmas cards
  • A small hole punch
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Scissors

Every year after Christmas I re-use all of the Christmas cards we’ve received to make gift tags for the following year. It’s a fab way to give the cards a second lease of life before they end up in the recycling bin – great for the environment and your bank balance!

Just cut out characters, words or shapes from the old cards, punch a hole in the top left-hand corner and attach your ribbon. To be even more savvy, cut the ribbon from new clothes. When you buy new clothes, they often have ribbons attached to keep them on the hangers. Cut these off, and get your friends and family to do the same and collect them for you. It’s amazing how many you’ll collect in a year – most of my gift tags this year were made with these.

Here’s my collection ready to go…


Hobbycraft do some great hole punches – you can even get shapes, like little Christmas trees or stars, if you would like to make them a little more special. Take a look at all of the different craft punches available from Hobbycraft.

These are my favourites – super cheap at just £1.50/£2 each



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