Holiday Gift Tags

Monday, 8 December 2008

Finish off your wrapping with a personal touch

Beijing Tags

Find some small red jian zhi, or Chinese paper cuts, available at Hongqiao and Yashow markets. Using a glue stick, carefully attach your paper cut to white paper then cut around it with decorative-edged scissors. Paste the tag to a larger piece of red card and trim to size. Make sure you leave a space at the top to punch a hole for ribbon. Flip the tag to write your Christmas message and attach it to your gift.

Face Tags
Take a photo of your gift's recipient and cut out their face and hair completely. Using paper or card that coordinates with your wrapping paper, cut the desired shape for your tag - circles, rectangles or stars - and make sure the face you've cut out will fit your shape. Glue the photo in the center of your shape. Cut a second, larger shape from a contrasting piece of card and glue your tag on top. Punch a hole for ribbon. Turn the card over and write your name. You can also write "To:" on the front of the tag if you want, or a holiday greeting. If your tag is large enough, you can add other decorations like stickers or a Santa hat.

First published in beijingkids magazine and on the beijingkids website.

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