Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Friday I did a little bit of Christmas shopping and then went home and took a nap–LOL. I was tuckered out. Saturday my sweet husband and I drove to downtown Schenectady for the Hall-iday celebration at the town hall. On the drive into town, we stopped at an estate sale that we just happened to drive by and picked up a few goodies. Once in town, we strolled by a ReStore and made a couple of purchases there, too. Stop back tomorrow and you’ll catch all my vintage finds for the week. Today I have a clever little upcycle for anyone who shops at Trader Joe’s.
You may recognize the Christmas graphics on my kraft paper gift tags.
Covered with red and white Victorian-style artwork, their shopping bags are simply too beautiful to throw away or recycle.
The tags made from these bags are perfect for just about any kind of Christmas package, but especially for rustic, farmhouse style wrapping. I made them in three different sizes and produced more than twenty tags–total–from just one bag. My first step was to cut down one side of the bag, on a fold line, and then cut out the bottom.
Don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get the absolute “best” placement of the images. Use your paper cutter and start cutting out some tags.
I kinda just winged it and loved the results. Some contain portions of the Victorian celebrators, others more of the white decorations or musical notes.
After cutting out the tags using these various measurements, I then clipped the upper corners of the small and large-sized tags, to make them look more like shipping tags.
Because I didn’t have a marker to match the shade of red used on the Trader Joe bags, I painted some reinforcements with acrylic craft paint in the right color. I punched holes in the tags and then applied the painted reinforcements. You can apply them to both the front and the back to make them extra sturdy.
Thread your tags with some jute, or perhaps some bakers twine or white string.
Then it’s time to use them on your packages [tied up with string] and stand back and smile because they are such darn-good-looking tags. I decided to write the “to” and “from” info on the back so as to not interfere with the designs, but writing names on the front in red pen would be perfectly fine. Thanks Trader Joe’s for providing us with such classy fodder for our upcycling projects. Your shopping bags make great gift tags.
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