I started to print my own Christmas gift tags which has saved a lot of time and money. Rather than write 'From Chris and Debbie' on each gift, I just print it right on the tags. I also type out who the gift is for, since we typically give gifts to the same people each year.
Here's what I used to make the tags:
Vellum paper printed with out 'To and From' and a cute design
Glittered scrapbooking paper for the background
A Paper trimmer
Hole punch for the ribbon holes
Here are more examples:
I love that the tags all look clean and consistent, since my handwriting is anything but!
Each year I pick a color scheme for all of the wrapped gifts. Some people think this is crazy but you have to wrap them anyway so why not just buy matching wrap? It's as easy as that and makes the gifts look like they came from a Macy's display!
This year everything is white and silver to match our white tree!
I found this idea in a Making Memories holiday book and had to make them!
To make, I printed black and white photos of each of our family members and cut out squares around their faces.
Next, I taped fishing line to the back of the photo, rolled it up, and dropped it into a clear glass bulb (from Michael's).
To create 'snow' in each of the bulbs, I filled each one with something different: beads, glitter, fake snow, salt, and white pom-poms.
The fishing line is held in place by the topper, so the photos just hang inside the bulb.
I keep a Christmas Scrapbook that I store with the Christmas stuff and only bring out once a year. It's not much now, but I'm hoping that in 30 years it will be really fun to look back on! Contrary to popular belief, I don't do much actual scrapbooking, but 2 pages a year is easy to maintain!
Each year I include:
1. Our Christmas card
2. A hand-written summary of how we celebrated Christmas
3. A few key photos of major activities, events or gifts
Christmas cards are my favorite thing about Christmas time! I love checking the mailbox and seeing all of the different photos and card designs.
I always save Christmas cards, but didn't know what to do with them other than put them in a ziplock inside my Christmas bins.
Last Christmas at my parents, we went through my mom's stack of old cards. We read some holiday letters that were over 20 years old from our old neighbors who passed away many years ago. That's where I got the idea to keep them all in a book to bring out each year at Christmas time!
I got this red leather, three-hole binder at Archiver's to store my old cards. It has cute metal corners and works great!
I use a 3-hole punch on the cards, photos, and letters to get them in the book. By staggering the holes, you can see more cards at once and the book doesn't get lop-sided.
I decorate a page with the year and slip it in a plastic page protector to separate years.
Scrapbooking stickers label the side of the book.
It's fun to set this out on the coffee table at Christmas time!
We started to get Christmas cards so I made this Christmas card display strip to hold them. It was inexpensive, easy to store, and can easily be transferred if we move or decide to hang elsewhere! I love that it can go in a visible area but is still on a wall that's out of the way!
1. Cut ribbon to desired wall length (about 7' for mine). Note that this could also go horizontal. I found my glitter ribbon at Michael's in the floral section. It has wired edges for more stability.
2. Use a hot glue gun to secure large paper clips to the back of the ribbon
3. Use a small tack to pin the ribbon to the wall at the top and bottom of the ribbon.
I think this was the easiest thing I've ever made! I can't wait to see it filled up!
Here's a close-up of the paper clips glued to the back:
Here's an example of how the paper clips hold the cards:
To make the rosettes, I cut two strips of paper about 1.5-2" wide by 12" or 8", depending on the paper I was using. Then, I scored lines every 0.5" so they could easily be folded.
Once the paper was folded, I used a tape gun to connect the two strips of paper into one continuous ring, making sure to overlap the folds on the ends.
This is what the ring looks like once the two strips are glued together.
With the pattern I wanted to show face down, I bent one side toward the center to make the ring into a rosette.
They are pretty springy due to all of the folds, so I had to use a hot glue gun to hold the rosette in place.
I placed a small piece of scrap paper over the hot glue to hold everything together.
Here are the completed rosettes ready to be glued to the wreath!
I found this ring in the floral section of Michaels which I used as the wreath base. There were already holes drilled through it, so I tied a ribbon through one of the holes for a hanger before covering it with the rosettes.
Fray-Check glue helps keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying.
I used hot glue again to secure the rosettes to the wreath base. Not complete without some sparkle and embellishments!
Here is the finished product:
This was so much fun to make, I made two more like this for my mom and mother-in-law. I'm giving them to them at Thanksgiving so they can hang them throughout December!