How to make your own festive Christmas tags
Wrapping presents is fun so why not go full out with special, personalized DIY Christmas tags? Easy to make, these tags are festive and embody every aspect of the Christmas season!
For this project I used:
Green card stock
Glue (glue stick and craft glue)
Silver or gold metal studs (stars and 4 mm round studs)
First, I made copies of some music sheets I had. If you don’t have any you can probably find some sheet music at your local library and make copies.
Next, I stained them with coffee to give the music sheets an old time look. To stain with coffee, place about ¼ cup of instant coffee on a cookie sheet. (I used fresh ground coffee and that worked as well). Pour boiling water into cookie sheet about halfway to the top edge of cookie sheet. Allow to cool to lukewarm. Place your music sheets into the coffee water making sure to coat both sides with coffee water. Remove and place on a clean cookie sheet.
To dry, you can use 1 of 2 methods. You can dry with a hair dryer or like I did place in the oven. Watch your papers carefully as you do not want to start a fire. Place in a preheated 200 degree oven for 5 -10 minutes, again watching carefully and removing as soon as dry.
Cut out Christmas tree shapes from the music sheets and then slightly larger Christmas tree shapes from the green card stock.
Glue the silver ribbon to the top using a glue stick and then glue the music sheet Christmas tree on top.
Embellish the tag with the metal studs gluing a star at the top and scattering the 4 mm circles using craft glue.
Don't just stop with the fancy wrapping paper; create these DIY Christmas tags as a final touch to any gift. Your recipient will love it!
Round and star shaped gold and silver metal studs are available from:
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How to glue rhinestones to a dance bag
Your daughter loves to dance but has outgrown her small dance bag you bought her when she was 4. You’ve found a roomy duffel bag that will fit all her shoes but it needs something girly and sparkly. With these step by step instructions and the template (which you can download here), you can make her a special dance bag to match her personality.
For this project I used:
1 duffel style bag
Crystal 12ss rhinestones (about 212 pieces)
Aquamarine 12ss rhinestones (about 75)
Wax tipped tool
Scissors, X-acto knife and cutting mat
Start by downloading the template. You may need to adjust the size of the lettering depending on the size of the bag you’re rhinestoning. I used a template with letters measuring 8.5 inches in length and capital letter 2.875 inches, lower case letters 1.25 inches in width. Cut out the darkened areas of the template using scissors and/or an X-Acto knife and cutting mat.
Using a ruler, mark the side of the bag with chalk both horizontally and vertically. Using these marks, position the template in the center of the side of the bag and using the chalk, trace the word “Dance” and the swirl underneath. When you remove the template you can check your chalk markings to make sure it is centered.
Place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone on the chalk mark. Some of the glue should seep out from the sides to prevent the rhinestones from peeling off. Gem-Tac dries clear so don’t worry if you accidentally use too much. Then using your wax tipped tool, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue. Continue gluing using the chalk marks and the smaller word “Dance” as a guide. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Using a little bit of water on your finger, rub off any chalk marks.
Dance bags like these are costly but you can make yours for a small fraction of the cost. She will love her new dance bag and you will love how easy it was to make.
Which rhinestone color should I use?
I sometimes get questions about selecting the perfect color for specific projects. Generally, it’s more of a preference of how you want your piece to look, but there are a few things to consider when selecting your color. If possible, use a rhinestone color chart to help you with your choice.
All rhinestones provide sparkle but choosing the color will determine whether the rhinestone will stand out or blend in with the surrounding color.
Crystal is a clear rhinestone that will look great with any color. Here, crystal is shown on different color backgrounds.
Crystal AB is a clear rhinestone with an Aurore Boreale (AB) coating that gives the rhinestone a rainbow look. AB rhinestones are great at reflecting off the surrounding color.
Choosing a rhinestone the same color as the background will provide sparkle while blending in. A contrasting color will stand out while providing sparkle.
AB colors are the original color with the AB coating and this adds a bit of pop to the rhinestone so that how the light hits the rhinestone will depend on whether it stands out or blends in.
I hope my brief explanation of colors helps you with your next project. If you still have questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com
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