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DIY Decorative Labels

Here is a very quick DIY craft project- making fancy decorative labels for presents. I think Washi tape (colourful Japanese adhesive paper tape) can probably be used to decorate almost anything…


Materials needed:

  • Cardboard (or shop-bought plain luggage labels)
  • Washi tape
  • Decorative twine such as paper twine or striped bakers twine
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Small round adhesive labels, or those designed to re-enforce hole-punched paper (optional).


First cut out your labels and punch a hole in the top of each one. You can buy pre-made luggage labels, but making your own offers a wider range of colours, and you can cut them to exactly the size and shape that you wish.


Re-enforce the punched hole using a piece of Washi tape or two labels (one on each side of the tag), and then attach a length of twine.


The final (and most fun!) stage is to decorate the labels using Washi tape: the tape can be placed diagonally or parallel with one of the edges, different tapes can be placed randomly all over one side, or you can decorate both sides if you wish.

The finished labels can be used for all sorts of purposes; larger ones can be used as invitations, or you could write a letter in tiny writing on one and post it to a friend. Think outside the box!


I’m off to write some tiny letters…


Comments on: "DIY Decorative Labels" (3)

  1. That’s so cute! Very lovely idea! 🙂


  2. […] This project needn’t be limited to Christmas either, a change of decoration/design makes them suitable for other gift-giving occasions too (see previous post here). […]


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