Easy DIY Gift Tags from Upcycled Christmas Boxes

Create easy DIY gift tags from used Christmas boxes

Need a quick way to create some easy DIY gift tags? You might just have everything you need to make them on hand. I’m really trying to create with my existing stashes only so everything I’m using today I already had.

East DIY Gift Tags from Upcycled Christmas Boxes

I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a stash of Christmas boxes from presents past. You know the inexpensive cardboard ones that you can buy at the dollar store, and that I also see at the thrift stores sometimes.

thrifted Christmas boxes

Like these. I got the lot above, tops and bottoms, for just $1 probably about 5 years ago. That’s a great deal. I knew right away that I’d be using them for projects instead of actual packages because they’re not very deep and rather flimsy. They’ve been in my Christmas stash since then, and I came across them recently so I thought it was about time to use them.

hole punch, scissors, and pencil

The only tools needed for this project are scissors, a pencil, and a hole punch if you have one. If not, anything that can poke a hole can be used once your gift tags are done.

Supplies needed to make these DIY gift tags

  • used cardboard Christmas boxes
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • hole punch (optional)
  • decorative bits
  • twine or ribbon

Cutting out shapes from cardboard boxes

You can make whatever shapes you want using whatever you have on hand. I’m using two biscuit cutters because they let me see the images that I want to use for my gift tags. Cookie cutters would work great too.

Just outline them in pencil and then cut them out.

sparkly self adhesive gems

I had these self-adhesive plastic faux sequin gems in my craft stash. They’re super easy to use because they pull off in lines. They have different versions of these at the dollar stores. Some all one color and other color combos.

Adding decorative elements to gift tags

applying sprakly faux gems onto gift tags

The lines of gems come off the plastic backing nicely, and they are easily manipulated around the circle of my gift tags.

Making holes in the gift tags

adding a hole for string with paper punch

The gems aren’t too high so my hole punch worked perfectly. I didn’t want to punch the holes before applying the gems because I thought I might not get the holes in the right place.

You could also dress these tags up with whatever ribbons and trims you might have on hand, or whatever else you have that you think will work.

Backs of the gift tags

backs of diy gift tags to write on

Here’s what the backs looks like. It’s not too dark so it’s nice to write on. You could always pretty this up if you wanted to, but for me it’s not really necessary.

DIY Christmas gift tags from used Christmas boxes

And here are my finished gift tags. It probably took me less than 30 minutes to make all five.

I enjoyed making these so much that I decided to make more.

Upcycled cardboard box for gift tags

boxes with Christmas houses scenes

This box has pretty scenes on it that could easily be cut into gift tags.

Using manual cutter

cutting box with manual cutter

I used my manual cutter to get straight cuts, and I just winged it as I went.

cut out gift tags from Christmas box

I got seven tags from that one box.

Square tags from Christmas boxes

DIY Christmas gift tags from used Christmas boxes with self adhesive decorations

Here they are with their sparkly frames. I think they look so pretty. I really like these multi-colored gems. They look really festive.

adding a hole in corner for string with paper punch

I punched some of these tags in a corner, just for something different.

Easy DIY gift tags ready for packages

Easy DIY Christmas gift tags from used Christmas boxes

And here are my easy DIY gift tags all finished. All they need is something to attach them to packages. There are many different things that can be used; jute twine, ribbon, baker’s twine, thread are just a few ideas.

This would be a great project for kids to make their own gift tags, and they could be used as ornaments as well.

This project is a perfect way to upcycle those used Christmas boxes that are showing some wear and tear. Just because they’re no longer in shape for gift giving doesn’t mean they’re useless.

Don’t toss them. Upcycle them.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

DIY Gift Tags from Upcycled Christmas Boxes

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I pinned this before I even read through it, cuz I knew I would want it!! What a really great idea! My daughter usually grabs the boxes and puts them in the trash, but no more! I’ll be grabbing them! It’s always so great to see you in my inbox. Gets my day off to a good start! Thanks for that and all the great ideas!

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I think this project can keep many used Christmas boxes out of the garbage, and for me that’s a big win.

  2. Mother Deer says:

    I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Great idea! I hate those kinds of boxes because they are so flimsy and only good for clothes really. But now they have another use!!

    1. Thanks Tana! Yes, these types of boxes can be pretty useless, so it’s nice to make them useful for something else.

  4. Paulette Moyer says:

    Wow! What a great idea! thank you so much for sharing this!

  5. MaryEllen says:

    Great idea! I also use old Christmas cards in this way. Love the idea of a biscuit cutter as a template. Thank you.

    1. Thanks MaryEllen, yes old Christmas cards certainly would work great for tags too.

  6. This is a great idea, Tuula! I can see these made by recycling last year’s Christmas cards too.