How to Make Your Own Santa Gift Tags

Make Your Own Santa Gift Tags I

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come around again this year! What a relief that all that is left to do is to attach these adorable homemade Santa gift tags to the presents. They are so quick and simple to make that I couldn’t help but share them with you.

For the first time in my life, I have been far from organised for Christmas. The tree was put up a week late. The presents were purchased what I consider to be “last minute”. The decorations from previous years were well past their use by date and I was left to salvage what I could and quickly.

But it hasn’t been all bad. I may not have been organised but being crafty and frugal does have it’s benefits. This year, I made our very own rustic Christmas decorations using recycled brown paper. My son even got in on the act and painted some of the brown paper for gift wrap. You can see some of his efforts in the featured image above.

For the second year in a row, I made my own Christmas cards and decorated them with leftover scrap paper although you certainly couldn’t tell by looking at them! I did make gift tags last year but they weren’t nearly as nice as the Santa gift tags I made this year.

At the end of the day, whether you are organised for Christmas or not, Christmas isn’t about the money you spend on the prettiest tree, the fanciest gift wrap or even the best decorations. It’s about the time you spend with your loved ones. I know which of the two I would much rather spend.

How to Make Santa Gift Tags

What You Need:

  • 1 piece of A4 red card stock
  • Black card stock and silver card stock (I used scrap pieces)
  • Single hole punch
  • Glue pen
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Twine
  • Tag punch*
  • Banner punch*

* These are both from Stampin’ Up. I am not a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and use various branded products for my paper crafts.

  • Step 1

Trim the A4 piece of red card stock in half, length ways.

Red Card Stock for Santa Gift Tags I

Trim Paper in Half  - Santa Gift Tags I

  • Step 2

Trim each strip into approximately 5cm (~2in) sections. The last piece from each strip will be slightly smaller than the rest.

Trim into Strips - Santa Gift Tags I

  • Step 3

Using a tag punch, punch the top of each gift tag.

Tag Punch the Santa Gift Tags I

  • Step 4

Using the single hole punch, punch out three black circles to use as buttons. Trim a black belt that measures ~5cm (2in) long by 1cm (0.4in) wide. Punch out a banner from the silver card using the banner / flag punch.

Punch Pieces for Santa's Suit  - Santa Gift Tags I

  • Step 5

Using scissors, cut the silver banner / flag into a square.

Cut Flag into a Square - Santa Gift Tags I

  •  Step 6

Using a craft knife, very carefully trim out the centre of the square to make a belt buckle.

Trim Out Square Centre - Santa Gift Tag I

  •  Step 7

Attach the buttons, belt and belt buckle using a glue pen.

Glue on Santa's Suit - Santa Gift Tags I

  • Step 8

Thread and tie twine to the tag as shown.

Attach Twine - Santa Gift Tags I


Gift - Santa Gift Tag I

Try labeling the gift tag like this:

Gift - Labeled Santa Gift Tag I

 Or add the gift tag to a homemade gift!

Gift - Paper Plate Gift Box with Santa Gift Tag I

See my post on how your kids can make paper plate gift boxes!

How do you personalise your Christmas gifts? I would love to hear what you do!

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  1. You rock, I used to buy them, and then just started to write on the gift paper itself. This has inspired me to make them this year. Hoping Sunday night gives me the time to do this.
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