I’ve been working on this project for a few weeks, just due to time constraints, but I’m very excited to share it with you. A few months ago I saw a post about using chalkboard paint to reuse some rectangular cardboard tags (sorry I don’t have the link) but it got my mind working.
I started thinking about the holiday season and just how much paper we go through and throw away when it comes to wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags. Then I thought about creating a re-usable gift tag and the ideas poured out from there. As you’ll see below, the possibilities are endless. Let me know what other ways you would use these fun tags.
Step 1 – Find or purchase various sized tag or cardboard circles (or squares or whatever). I bought all of mine at Michaels Arts and Crafts store. The large ones were in the dollar bins. They’re intended to be used as a 6 page mini book, but I just used each card separately. The smaller ones were coasters in the clearance bin. I think with the discount a set of 8 of them were just 26 cents or something crazy like that. Buy a can of chalkboard paint, black or whatever color you choose. Here they are ready to paint.
Step 2 – Gather other fun and creative supplies if you like. Here are some of the items that I used.
Step 3 - Preferably outside or in a well ventilated room, lightly spray the tags with chalkboard paint. Best to do two lighter coats to prevent drips. Let this dry, and if you’d like, paint the other side.
Step 4 – After the paint has dried (at least 48 hours) the tags need to be prepped by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over each side.
Step 5 - Then erase the chalk. This helps the paint to accept your writing better in the future.
Step 6 – If your shapes don’t have holes and you need them for your project, punch a hole in them. I had to borrow a heavy duty hole punch to get through the thick cardboard on the coasters. Fortunately the large circles already had holes in them.
Step 7 – Now comes the fun part! Let’s see what we can do with these sexy little circles. Here are a few ideas that I came up with…
Large Christmas gift tag
Large Snowflake Christmas gift tag
How Many Days till Christmas ?
Champagne or Wine Bottle Tag:
Birthday Gift Tags – As you can see this is very basic and very reusable. I decorated the brown bag with chalk as well, but there’s so much more you can do for all kinds of gifts.
“What will you say” Garland – you can see the full version in my header at the top, but here’s a close up.
Anything Tag – I used this one to label our paper recycling basket, but of course it has a myriad of applications.
Update 1/1/2011: I found a couple of other party uses for these the other day too. I used one to label my coffee urn so folks would know that it was decaf instead of regular coffee. I also hung the “recycle” one by our indoor recycle bin so people would know which bin was trash and which recycling. I love having them around to use wherever a label is needed.
I love the fact that the tags can be used over and over and over again. Let me know how this sparks your creativity. I plan to use the rest of the small ones as gift tags this Christmas, unless I think of something else fun in the meantime. Oh, we haven’t even begun to talk about Christmas ornaments or actual party coasters either!
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