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Last Minute Gift Tags – 8 Fresh Ideas

You’ve got your favorite Christmas music playing and you are happily wrapping those holidays presents when oh no! you run of gift tags?!

Here’s what to do!

8 ideas to save you from running to the store for gift tags. You’ll save money & recycle too!

These ideas are great as you can use what you have and likely were going to throw out in the trash anyways. Yup, you get to recycle too! If it’s bows you’re out of see our solution for that at the bottom on this page.

Materials? Those Christmas greeting cards or scrap card stock and some scissors. Check out of all the ideas.

Does it have a pretty design? Simply cut it out!

Got decorative scissors? Fancy edges will take your design up a few notches.

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We bet you have stickers! The kids will love to join the fun with this one.

How about paper punches? Don’t forget you can get two for one by gluing the punch out to a tag AND backing the hole cut out with contrasting paper.

Rubber stamps are always fun. A simple outline, color them in, emboss them ….what suits your desire and schedule.

Adding a hole with a regular hole punch and adding twisted two color string or a festive ribbon not only gives it pizzazz but a professional flare as well.

This post is dedicated to Mom who is the source of many of our inspirations. She designed and made every one of these tags.

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3 Jovial Elfish Jester Gnomes

Gnomes are often known as the Guardian of Treasures. So what secret treasures are these Jester Gnomes the keeping? The answer is of course your smile! With their curled toed shoes, these little elves are sure to tickle every one they meet.

Make excellent gift tags and ornaments.

Why not add some to your holiday greeting cards? Or send along the cut shapes and let your recipients mix and match pieces to create their own Jester Gnomes – a great way to share the love of crafting.

Endless design combinations.

To use our svg files:

  • Download and upzip the files (available below).
  • Upload them to your Cricut Design Space (or similar software specific to your machine.)
  • Resize to desired size. We made ours 4″ tall.
  • Make a duplicate of the shapes and mirror image the duplicate copy.

Get our svg file here. They are $1.50 each or all three designs for $3.00

Jester Gnome delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains both pdf and svg file formats. Cost is $1.50 USD

Wonky Jester Gnome Duo delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file format. Cost is $1.50 USD

Fat Hat Jester Gnome delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file format. Cost is $1.50 USD

Jester Gnome Set delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file formats Cost is $3.00 USD

A free printable pdf template for Jester Gnome is available in our

Pdf includes both red and green bodies. Print it and hand cut the designs.

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Dirty Little Gnome Stars In Best Buddies Gone Bad

These two were close buddies and the best of friends. That was until the Dirty Little Gnome decided to snatch Dirty Little Santa’s body! Gnome was so ashamed that he crawled up inside Santa’s body and hid there disguised as a hat.

Well enough for that wild tale!

Oh be to to see the upgrades.

Buddies gone bad.

Looking for a SVG cutting file for both dirty little gnomes?

Dirty Santa Gnome Duo delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains both pdf and svg file formats. Cost is $1.50 USD

A free pdf template for Dirty Little Santa Gnome is available in our

Dirty Little Santa Gnome



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Dirty Little Santa Gnome

You’d be dirty too, if you went down people’s chimneys. While this fun little guy is a Santa Claus he could be a gnome for any season when dressed in other colors. If you don’t like the dirty look, you can easily choose a whiter color for his beard.

Check out our library for a FREE printable pdf. The pattern is in color so you can print on white card stock and cut the pieces out or print out a paper pattern to be used over and over. We recommend using a small punch at the top out Santa’s hat for hanging. Alternately you could sandwich a string between the front and an added body blank adhered to the back. Better yet why not make him double sided? One clean and the other dirty! Just remember to mirror image the pieces on the back side.

Want a SVG cutting file?

Not only will a cut file be available for the Dirty Santa Gnome, there will be a bonus gnome design. Plus learn how to upgrade them both.

Dirty Little Gnome stars in Buddies Gone Bad

Dirty Little Gnome Stars In Best Buddies Gone Bad

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Santa Bow will make you Smile!

Santa Bow is simple and fun to make. You can use it as a gift tag on a present. Since the cuffs are white card stock, you can write “To:” your favorite person on the left and “From:” their favorite crafter … you on the right cuff. It’s a present in itself. Maybe you will choose to use it as an ornament. It’s fun however you use it.

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We used two piece 1-1/2″ wide faux velvet ribbon. One is 14″ long and the other is 10″ long. Be sure to use a ribbon with some body to it or choose a wire edged ribbon. Otherwise you may need use a fabric stiffener.

You might think about a red ribbon with polka dots or how about buffalo plaid?

We used black, white and gold glitter card stock.

You could also use fabric. Here are some suggestions Black felt for the boots and inside of buckle. White faux fur for the cuffs. Glitter fun foam for the buckle.

We also used a piece of yarn and a glue stick.

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You can cut out the templates by hand or you can use a cutting machine such a Cricut to cut the shapes. Be sure to check out our Cricut page for tips and tutorials.

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The template is available in our library and is Free!

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It’s Good to be Tacky!

Make Cricut Mats Sticky Again

Has your cutting mat lost its stickiness and just isn’t tacky enough? Whether it’s a Cricut, Silhouette, other another brand, chances are it is just dirty.  Watch this quick instructional video to learn how to easily rejuvenate those dirty mats with our simple and fast cleaning hack. 

You will save tons of money with this tip as it will extend the life of your cutting mats several times over.

Surprisingly once the cutting mat has been cleaned, the adhesive properties magically reappear.  We are using everyday household products that you have on hand for this process. 

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Pencil in Time to Play Games

Pencil games never go out of style. In our Library you will find three FREE printable pencil games. Each game board in complete with game instructions. Since saving trees and reducing trash is so important for the planet’s environmental health, we thought making these games reusable would be a terrific idea. Check out this video to see how we created the reusable feature with commonly available items.

These games are not only fun to play; they make excellent gifts for the kids and everyone who is young at heart!

The classic trio of games are Tic-Tac-Toe, Triangles, and Boxes (aka Dots)

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Variations on a Theme

5 Budget Busting Ideas

Unlimited Results

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Learn how to get several looks and variations from one design.  This saves you money as you can easily extend the use of a single graphic design giving you more bang for the buck. 

1 Changing the color scheme is the simplest way to create different looks. The variety is simply surprising!

2 Create a twofer with a single cut. For the first option, paste the cutouts onto your card using your favorite glue, (be sure to check out what we like in the product suggestions below.) Pro Tip: Check out the video for this one. The second idea is to fill the holes on the original stock with a background paper.

3 Use the draw feature to create a design to color. You can color it yourself if you like. Better yet send it along uncolored. Treat your card recipient to a little crafting creativity of their own. After all sharing crafting is a tremendous gift in itself!

4 Check out the debossing technique. With a little experimentation, we found a material that created the deboss on one side and the bonus emboss on the back side. A word of caution – make sure the material you chose can withstand machine embossing as otherwise it may tear. We learned this from experience. No debossing tip? Time to get one for your Cricut Maker. Bonus Tip: Try a stylus for those machine which cannot use a debossing tool. See how the stylus worked out on our Your Deserve the Credit post.

5 Use the cutout from your original stock as a stencil. Make the stencil out of a durable material if you plan to reuse it many times. You can use the stencil to trace designs onto various media or use it as a paint or ink stencil.

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Dad’s Favorite Shirt

You can give Dad the perfect shirt for Father’s Day.  What makes this the perfect shirt? This shirt houses a gift card so Dad can choose just what he truly wants.  Our gift card holder is made from a magazine page so it uses a FREE material. Maybe even a shirt lol.  Where else can you use trash to make a shirt? The shirt can adorn a greeting card with the gift card but why not offer to do chores for Dad or make him MainelyDiY’s fancy iced coffee?

Great for birthdays and other occasions too!

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You deserve the credit!

    You spend time making homemade greeting cards and you should take credit. The commercial vendors do and so should you! Celebrate your creativity by signing the back of all your greeting card with this clever tip. Learn how to create a signature card template you can use over and over again. We made it on our Cricut and have a couple our different styles.
Watch the video and learn how. You deserve the credit!

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