A Crafty Christmas

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Firstly thank you to everyone for your Birthday wishes on my previous post! It means so much to have such lovely, supportive readers and followers, and I’m over the moon that my little blog is one year old!

Anyways onto the reason for this post! After seeing many of my fellow bloggers sharing their Christmas craft ideas, I thought I would take the plunge myself. Someone had mentioned on their blog that creating gift tags out of pictures of your pets is a great personal touch to gift giving, plus a very cheap alternative! (If you are the blogger who suggested this, please let me know, as I have completely forgot who it was… a to hazard reading so many blogs!) I had also played with the idea of making my own gift wrap, but decided one craft afternoon was enough for me this year… maybe next year I’ll do more! I will talk you through how to make the gift tags above;

1- Firstly you need a willing volunteer, who will become your muse! I used both my dogs, one is photogenic (George the black and white one) the other could not be less impressed with a camera (Archie the ginger one). George even got into the Christmas spirit and allowed me to decorate him with ribbons…he’s such a daft pretty dog!

2- So after you have your picture of your pet you need to make the picture Christmassy. I did this by super imposing a Christmas hat onto each of the dogs, and writing a greeting on them. I then printed the pictures out on card.

3- I decided to add some glitter to my tags to make them a bit more special. I added glitter to certain areas by using a wooden skewer, however anything with a pointed edge will work fine.  I dipped my skewer into a PVA glue and dabbed in onto the areas I wanted to.

4- Next you need to sprinkle glitter onto the card, which will then stick to the areas that are glued. Try to shuffle the card around so you can cover all the tags evenly. Then stand the card vertically and tap it onto some newspaper so the excess glitter falls off the page.

5- Once you have added glitter detailing to all your tags you can them cut them up and use a hole-punch to make a clean hole for your ribbon.

6- You can now thread ribbon or string through the hole, so that the tag can be attached to your parcel.

7- You now have your pretty personalised Christmas tags, ready to be attached to your Christmas gifts. I think these tags add a little something extra to your gifts and make them stand out from the others underneath the tree.

So what do you think? Do you like the idea of homemade gift wrap and tags? Have you been getting crafty for Christmas? Do you regularly give homemade gifts on special occasions?

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this idea :)I might do this with my pup and cat, it sounds so sad I know but i love dressing them up every year for photo's to put on cards.I love the gift tag idea too, your pups are gorgeous.♥

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  2. Cat0805 says:

    That's not sad! I love it! If I could dress up my dog I would, but he attacks anything you put on him that isn't his coat! I'm thinking of doing homemade cards next year 😀 xx

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  3. Great post hun they look really good! I wouldn't have the time to sit doing this.pocockins.blogspot.comSophiexx

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  4. Cat0805 says:

    Thanks darling. It did take me a couple of hours, but sat with the Christmas songs and enjoyed it 😀

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  5. Jacquina Lee says:

    I made Christmas cards out of a picture of my dog getting lost in the snow in 2010 when we had all that crazy heavy snow 🙂 it was so cute. I captioned it with 'Is it this way to the North Pole?' haha. Some people probably thought it was dorky but I loved it ;)xowww.jazzyleelbc.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Cat0805 says:

    Aww that sounds so adorable! I would of loved to receive a gift with that on 😀 My previous dog loved the snow so much! Was his favourite time of the year, he used to chase snow balls and bury himself in it 😀

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  7. Too cute! I like your muse. Mine would be my daughters, and our dog too :O)Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

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  8. Cat0805 says:

    Haha thanks 😀 Are your dogs photogenic? x

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  9. This is SUCH a sweet idea, if I could get my dog to sit still long enough to take a picture!Mrs Shauna Ferguson

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  10. Cat0805 says:

    Haha I had to bribe them 😀 Archie is the worst for taking pictures 😀

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  11. Hola Bambi says:

    Omg your dogs are absolutely adorable! This is an amazing idea! Love it xx

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  12. Cat0805 says:

    Aww thank you darling! They don't act adorably all the time though can be little terrors 😀

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