Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recycled Gift Tags

Home made gift tags - super easy and cheap too!

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Another great garage sale find -  a set of cards from a Rolodex. When I saw them at the sale I immediately thought of "gift tags."   I paid 25 cents for a bundle of about 100 cards. 

To make the cards a little more interesting I decided to coffee stain them.  It is fairly simple.  I mixed up a batch of instant coffee and quickly dipped each card in the coffee.

I placed the cards on a microwave safe dish.  Layering them is fine - I try and get as many done at one time as possible.

Microwave on high for a minute. The edges will begin to curl as they dry. 

After a minute I flipped them over and put them back in the microwave for another 30 seconds (be careful they will be hot and steamy).   I continued to microwave them in 20-30 second intervals until they were almost totally dry.

Now the fun began.  My friend Anne and I gathered up a variety of scrap-booking supplies and headed over to visit our friend's sister, Wanda,  who was home bound after having ankle surgery.  We spread out the supplies and went to town creating a variety of gift tags.  Once we came up with a design we developed an assembly line to make the process go more quickly.

Here's what we came up with.....

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In just a few hours we made over 150 gift tags and we helped Wanda's afternoon go more quickly. 

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As an after thought, Anne made some of her tags into cards!  Love it!


  1. I am not a coffee drinker, any other ideas as to what I could use to stain the paper with?

  2. Tea will do the same thing, but may not be as dark. I am not a big coffee drinker, but I have a small jar of cheap instant coffee on hand for projects like this.