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DIY // Glitter Gift Tags

Monday, December 16, 2013

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Happy Monday you guys! Can you believe we only have 9 days left until Christmas?? I'm starting to freak out a little bit. We still have so much gift shopping to do and I haven't even baked nearly enough cookies (it's a tradition that I bake at least a couple of batches of cookies before Christmas) to be able to check it off my to-do list. Between me and Steve catching colds (again), baby birthday parties, and the snow we got, we haven't really had much time to get things done as much as we'd like.

But one thing I can check off my list is unique gift tags for everyone in our family. I wanted to do something similar to what I did last year, but unfortunately our printer died a few months ago and we just never bothered to repair/replace it, so any kind of DIY/print-yourself gift tag idea went out the window. Sooo what I came up with was glittered first initial gift tags for everyone in the family. Now, I know it can get tricky if you have people with the same first initials so you'll have to come up with another way to distinguish your gifts if that's the case. I have to do the same, so I've also added other embellishments (mini ornaments & jingle bells) along with the glittered initials to make sure I don't get the gifts mixed up. Or if you really want to go all out, you could use 3 letters and make a monogram gift tag to make sure you don't get anyone's gifts mixed up.

I went to Michael's thinking I would find small sized wooden letters and just gold glitter them. But when I got to Michael's, I couldn't find any small sized wooden letters that were the right font - the ones I could find were a bit too cheesy (serif type and not the good kind). Plus, they were $1 a piece so I quickly scratched that idea because it just wasn't cost-effective for my family (13 ppl x multiple gifts for each of them). While walking around, I came across these Recollections Adhesive Letters that were already glittered. They came in a bunch of different shapes and sizes and colors. But they seemed to have been sold out of the gold versions of the ones I got. So what's a girl to do when she can't get exactly what she wants? She DIYs of course! I picked up the silver ones (which are perfect fine but I really wanted gold glittered letters) along with some extra fine gold glitter and called it a day.

See how I turned them into gold glittered letters and added them to my wrapped gifts!

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Recollections Extra Fine Glitter / Elmer's Glue / Small Sponge Brush / Any kind of ribbon you'd want to use to embellish your wrapped gifts.

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Be somewhat generous with the glue or else the glitter won't have anything to stick to and it won't completely cover the surface. Use the sponge brush to spread the glue around and cover the entire letter really well.

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Gold makes it all better, no?

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I let the letters dry for a good hour before handling them. And make sure to dust them off really well, or else you'll get glitter everywhere.

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I used a sewing pin to make a hole. OR if you're short on time or just don't want to do this part, you could stick the letters right on your wrapped gift since they're adhesives. But because I like to do things the hard way (and b/c I like the look of the letters having some movement on the gifts) I chose to do it this way.

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Fishing wire/string works really well, or thread too. Any kind of string that you can get through the hole will work.

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Ta da! I tied the fishing wire that I had around the black velvet ribbon to secure it. I also added a mini faceted ornament that I picked up from Target (a tube of these mini ornaments were only $1!!) to add some color and more embellishment to the gift.

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    1. Thank you so much Gaby!!! I feel like I need to do more of these diys, it felt so good doing something crafty :)

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