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Thirteen inches of wet, heavy snow blew in Wednesday night, beginning around four o’clock  in the afternoon. Schools closed on Thursday, major highways were shut down, many homes were without power, plows dealt with gusting winds that clogged iced-over roads as quickly as they were cleared, and it was recommended that everyone stay home. Earlier yesterday, John plowed our neighbor’s driveway while I snapped photos of him, hard at work. When he entered the house and shed his Eskimo suit, he was more than ready for a hot shower, some aspirin and a cappucino.

John during blizzard 12.20

This kind of weather—snow, that is—does invoke the holiday spirit. If you haven’t already wrapped your packages and tied on your tags, you’ll be happy to know that you can find lots of  delightful (and free) tags on the Web. Last year at this time, I hunted down some free Christmas printable tags that you can read about in Five simple ways to wrap your holiday gifts. In today’s  post you’ll discover additional options. Download, print and personalize them, and tie them to your packages with yarn, twine, ribbon or string. Keep in mind that all of these tags are for your personal, rather than commercial, use.

In a guest post on I {Heart} Nap Time, three sisters—Jamie, Jodie and Jennifer—share their Christmas tags and gift box idea. I printed the circular snowman tags and adhered them to flower shapes out of red card stock using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Peony dies, and then attached crochet thread hangers. The gift box these three ladies designed is not shown below, but involves the idea of dotting a paper mache box with white paint to look like snowballs, and decorating the edge of the lid with turquoise ribbon and red rick rack trim. Why not fill a box with handmade tags as a gift? Make sure you also visit Jamie, Jodie and Jennifer’s blog, eighteen25, and check out their Super Easy Chocolate Drizzled Microwave Popcorn recipe—just don’t eat it while you are making your tags!

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I fell in love with the vintage-style Christmas tickets shown below that you can use as package tags or embellishments. Designed by Miss Cutiepie in 2009, they’re just as usable three years later. It is suggested that you distress and ink the edges of the tickets for a more vintage look. I cut my tags out with scissors, and simply inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. Then I punched holes in them and attached craft twine. I think these tickets would look great with brown kraft paper packaging. Visit Miss Cutiepie’s Freebies – Vintage Style Christmas printables DIY to download the full set of these lovelies.

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Looking for stocking stuffers? Fill up some pretzel bags (available at Michael’s) with Hershey’s® Nuggets, but decorate the chocolate first with wrappers, and attach a special tag to the bags. The printables were designed by It’s Written on the Wall and can be downloaded HERE. The instructions call for loading up 4-1/4 inch x 1-7/8 inch handmade card stock trays with four milk chocolate candies. However, I found this size to be a little long, and sliced off a quarter inch. Score the long sides of the rectangle one quarter inch, fold, and you have a simple, but effective, tray.

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Look in the right side bar of the freebies page of It’s Written on the Wall for many more Christmas printables, such as these bookmarks that can double as gift tags. Add ribbon, and they’re ready to use!

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Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic designed a set of mini bookmarks using a knit pattern as a background. I think these bookmarks would be perfect to use as tags for handmade knitted or crocheted items. I punched holes in them and added yarn ties.

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Erin Rippy of InkTreePress.com designed A Rustic Christmas Printable Set that is nothing short of amazing. You’ll find address labels and tags that you can complete on the Web, then save and print later. I printed just a few tags from this set, and love the look. Use your scallop punch or a die to provide a decorative edge to the round labels, as I did, or simply use them as is.

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Looking for more Christmas tag options? Then click on any of the 10 links shown below:

© 2012 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.

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  One Response to “When it snows, it’s time to hunt (for Christmas tags, that is)!”

  1. What great finds for printable tags! Love those last ones for sure!
    I love personalizing my gift wrap with custom tags :)

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