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Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

For those folks on your list you want to give something homemade, here’s easy DIY gifts for friends.  Super quick and easy to make with your stash of designer papers.

And with lovely handmade touches they’re sure to appreciate as much as the love you put into the home grown goodness of your gift.  Let’s take a peek.


Easy DIY Gifts for Friends for the Holidays


Isn’t that a fab way to Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up!?  Plus save yourself a trip! No need to go buy holiday print fabric!  Bonus!

All the papers in the Festive Farmhouse are ideal for the rustic homespun look.  It was hard to decide which ones to use!



Thanks to Brian King who shared this idea I had to try.  I tweaked the to-do’s slightly and dressed up my tag differently to show how you can make these for any occasion, not just Christmas.


Easy DIY Gifts for Friends They Will LOVE


It was fun to write on my jar contents to frame the “from my Kitchen” sentiment.  To make sure it fit, I first laid my punched greeting on top of my 2 1/4” circle. Then I used the Journaling pens to write in an arc above and below it.

Cuttin’ It Up!

Jar Topper (for large mouth mason jars in the pics below)

  • designer series paper -5 1/2” x 5 1/2”  TIP: for small mouth mason jars, I cut my paper 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”
  • ribbon – about 17”  TIP: this size worked gor both but you could add 2″ to the large mouth just to give a bit more wiggle room


  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Designer Series Paper – 2 1/4” x 2 1/4”
  • Old Olive cardstock – scraps at least 2 1/2” square
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – scraps at least 2 1/2 x 2 1/2”
  • Linen thread – about 5”


Easy DIY Gifts for Friends


Wanna make some easy DIY gifts for friends too?  Here’s a photo tutorial.

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends


Remove jar screw top from mason jar.  Then start with a piece of DSP cut to 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”.  Optional: run it both ways through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder like I did with this card idea. TIP: This does soften the paper and gives it more flexibility and a cool linen feel, but you can leave it out if you’re pressed for time.

Spritz your paper with your Stampin’ Spritzer.  TIP: There’s a bit of trial and error to this.  Too much and your paper is too pliable and can tear when you put it on the jar.  Too little and it’s much harder to form around the top of the lid.  Aim for “damp”!

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends


While still damp align the square over your jar and using both hands, press firmly but gently down the sides of the jar.  Hold in place with one hand while you “play” with the corners to make ruffly kinds of folds and edges (just like fabric).

The crazy great part to this?  When the paper dries, it stays in this shape!


Easy DIY Gifts for Friends


While still damp, carefully screw top back on.  TIP: If your paper is too wet, let it dry slightly so the tightening motion doesn’t tear it.  TIP:  You may need to use a little more of your Popeye strength to get it fully tightened but I was able to do this without too much trouble.  Place your ribbon around the jar top and tie in a bow.  TIP: It might help to lay the jar on its side to do this.


Make Easy DIY Gifts for Friends


Construct your tag by layering from the bottom up:

  • square cardstock
  • piece of square DSP
  • 2 1/4” circle you have written your jar contents
  • stamped and punched greeting with dimensional

Poke a hole in the top with your Paper Piercing tool and thread through some Linen thread. 


Everyone's Gonna LOVE Easy DIY Gifts for Friends


Tie your tag onto the ribbon around the jar. TIP:  Place it close to the bow and knot with a double knot.  Trim off excess.

A special wrapping for a special gift.

Now it’s time to shop your stash of designer papers!  What one’s going to look awesome on your hand made goodies? 

To make ones just like mine, feel free to click on any of the images below to take you to my 24-7 online store.  I so appreciate you shopping with me!

The Finish Line

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends for the Holidays

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  As you’re wrapping your gifts from the heart this year, consider dressing them up just like this. 

Make easy DIY gifts for friends to share your handmade preserves – after all isn’t that what the season is all about?

Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas

Now that it’s 40% off, do you want more Christmas Traditions Punch Box ideas to play with your new inks and stamps?   You’ll see just how versatile and beautiful these little sentiments and punches are in today’s elegant Christmas card.   

Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas Make Beautiful Cards

Have you been really debating about getting the Christmas Traditions Punch Box? Then you might want to check out my complete over the top Steal of a Deal over on my Facebook Group to sweeten the pot just a bit. 

See my last project too.  A Christmas bag and tag also using this punch box shows off its timelessness.   

And here’s a few more ideas from Stampin’ Up! to get even more life from this lovely Christmas box.

Christmas Traditions Punch Box

Here's MORE Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas for the Holidays

My design today is one of my “favouritist” layouts.  One you can reproduce over and over again that will always look new and fresh.

Christmas Traditions Punch Box

What a simple layout you can change up any way you like.  And use over and over again!

Mine has the Swirls & Curls embossing folder for a central offset piece matted on some shiny champagne foil.  Tied with a easy-to-do knot from Pool Party shimmery ribbon, it’s a beautiful design. 

SIMPLE and Elegant Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas

Then my punched greeting takes centre stage matted on a 1 3/4” circle and framed with a scalloped 2” circle.

Simple.  Pretty.  Fast!

While I chose soft colours for Christmas this time, it’s be awesome in richer, bolder tones too.  Try it in Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce. Or how about Night of Navy?  Which one will you try first?

Jo’s Design Tips:

  • make sure to use liquid glue or Tear & Tape to hold your embossed panel to it’s matting.  SNAIL is not strong enough to hold it in place.
  • add your rhinestones in odd numbers: 3-5-7 to add balance to your card
  • tie an overhand knot.  Left over right and through, then right over left and through will get a nice square knot.
  • don’t pull your knot too tight.  Less is more for a prettier know.

Here are all the supplies for this simple card.  Thanks so much for shopping with me. 

Oh SO PRETTY Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas

There’s no time like the present to get this fantastic punch box.  A 40% discount PLUS my Steal of a Deal!   Plus I’ve got a couple more Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas coming your way yet so stayed tuned!

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Make your own tags for Christmas this year and save a bundle!  Save money?  I’ll bet you’re up for that! 

Let me tell you all about it.  But first, I’m super excited to share my Product of the Week.  The Christmas Traditions Punch Box! 

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Did you miss it in the holiday catalogue? Go grab your catalogue.  You’ll find it on the inside of the front page right under Shelli’s message.

Or maybe you didn’t realize what a great deal it is.  6 stamps, 2 seasonal coloured inks, a clear acrylic block, the Christmas Traditions punch all packaged in a beautifully coordinated metal tin you can re-gift with some yummy homemade Christmas goodies.

Here’s what’s included.

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

The images are a mix of fun, elegant and rustic designs.  Snowflakes, bells, evergreens and wonderful fonts and sayings.  They’ll appeal to just about anyone!

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Plus you just might want to join and check out my Facebook Group for my Steal of a Deal available all this week until midnight December 9th.  Just in case you need a teensy bit more encouragement🤗 . 

Now let me show you how sweet you can make your own tags for Christmas.


Make Your Own Tags for Christmas


SAVE MONEY and make your own tags for Christmas!

Isn’t it so pretty?  Lovely Real Red mixed with shiny silver and bright Whisper White. 

I pulled out my Garden Green for the greeting but the included Call Me Clover would be wonderful too.

Jo’s Design Details

  • an offset silver stitched circle with just a tiny sliver cut off the edge to align with the tag
  • two pretty vellum sprigs (another punch!) peeking out from behind your silvery circle
  • the Softly Falling embossed Real Red tag you make from a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of cardstock
  • sparkly metallic edged ribbon and silver and whisper white baker’s twine
  • matted punch border in Garden Green

So I mentioned something about saving money right? 

Well first of all, this tag is so pretty it can double as your holiday card.  No envelope required!  It takes only minutes to make and can be attached to any gift with Tear & Tape or dimensionals like I did here.


Make Your Own Tags for Christmas Gifts

So here’s the saving money part. Our  tag-card duo comes in at LESS THAN 50 cents.  Yes!  Even with all the sparkly personalized details! 

Here’s the supplies list so you can get busy making – and saving – too 😀.

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

If you’re a punch fanatic like me, you might also like this traditional red and green holly berry Christmas greeting.  (Did you know you can pick up the Holly Berry punch right now on the Clearance Rack at 40% off?)    

And if you want more tag ideas, how about these elegant beauties

I’ve been having so much fun playing with the Christmas Traditions Punch Box.  Check back here Thursday when I’ll share another super idea.  Or if you can’t wait, come visit my Facebook Live on Wednesday.  Jump on over there at 4:30 to join in the fun! 

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

You won’t believe the versatility of this punch box.  From tags to cards to gift items, you’ll use it for years.  Plus make your own tags for Christmas – and save money at the same time – count me in!

How to Make Gift Tags at Home

Want to know how to make gift tags at home with the Buffalo Check background stamp and your Stamparatus?  I’m aiming for masculine today.  What do you think about these ones?

Do You Know How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Wanna know how to make them?  Scroll on…

Plaid is big.  Well, actually plaid isn’t just big, it’s BIG!  Have you noticed it’s THE design element of the season? 

Black and white, green and red, blue and silver.  There’s a different colour combination to suit just about everyone out there.  And you can create it easily with your Buffalo Check background stamp and Stamparatus.

One inking and impression will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home

Two inkings with your Stamparatus will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home to SAVE Moola for Stamping Supplies!

Which one is YOUR favourite?

I promise you’re going to love how easy peasy these are.  First let’s take a quick look at the short supply list.

So let’s learn how to make our own plaid to dress up quick 3x3 gift tags super quickly.


How to Make Gift Tags at Home


To get two-toned plaid like this here are the steps.

Step 1: Place your Plaid clear stamp on your Stamparatus.  Leave a little bit of clearance around the stamp (I left about an inch)  Place your cardstock also about 1” below the top of the Stamparatus.  Hold in place with a magnet.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 2: Ink up your stamp with a Night of Navy pad.  TIP: Hold your ink pad as flat as possible and pat several times over the rubber.  Make sure to repeat over some areas so the edges of the ink pad colour are softened.  TIP:  A well inked ink pad is essential to good coverage.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 3: Lower the acrylic plate onto your cardstock and stamp image  TIP: Don’t be afraid to apply pressure on the stamp especially around the top and edges.  TIP:  Check your impression to make sure it is fully inked.  If not, re-ink the stamp and stamp again until you are happy with the coverage.  CLEAN stamp well.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 4: Lift plate out of the Stamparatus and move to the left ONE hinge.  Ink stamp with the SECOND colour and stamp. 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 5: Clean stamp, remove cardstock, cut to size and use on your gift tags.  

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


I really like the little space left where the Vanilla shows through and the overlap of the green and navy.  To show up the vanilla even more, I added the tag to a plain Very Vanilla box I created with my Gift Bag punch board.  A simple strip of the left over plaid decorates the side and the Braided Linen trim adds a happy bow. 

Don't you Just LOVE How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on – 1 piece 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” TIP: I cut my paper to be about the same size as my background so I don’t waste., 1 scrap piece
  • Plaid stamped cardstock – 2 3/4” x 2 3/“, cut AFTER stamping
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide glimmer paper – piece at least 2 1/2” square


How to Make Gifts Tags at Home the EASY Way!

Isn’t it fun to create gift tags perfectly coordinated for your boxes and presents? What fella wouldn’t love to see this gift with HIS name on it (bow included!)?

And now you know how to make gift tags at home, you can make every colour under the rainbow for all the occasions you celebrate! 

Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Let’s make an envelope liner with the envelope punch board to dress up a quick Christmas card.  And because it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, you know it’s going to be super easy.  In fact, I’d say it’s [almost😉] instant gratification!  What could be better than that in our busy lives?

With Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist going a bit crazy for plaid with my favourite annual catalogue paper, Under the Mistletoe!

TOTAL Coordination when You Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Plaids, poinsettias, dots, baubles and boughs in traditional festive colours!  Doesn’t it make you smile?

I guarantee there’s at least ONE pattern you will absolutely love in this package!  Just like this one with vellum and faceted gems.   Or mix and match them up a bit like I did for this super simple folded card. 

Let’s take another peek.

Who Wants to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

I dressed this pattern up with a side ribbon knot with the lovely cotton Real Red ribbon.  It perfectly coordinates with the matted circle behind my greeting and my plaid piece.  Do you need to make your card even quicker? Feel free to leave it off!

Timesaving bonus on this card?  I used circle punches, not die cuts.  They NEVER go out of style and you can add some POP with the Starburst punch in gold glimmer paper.  A few quick squeezes of a punch, some glue and your card is done!

OK how about I give you the card cuts and steps so you can make it yourself?


It's EASY to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Cuttin’ It Up!


  • Designer Series Paper – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Real Red – 1 piece 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and a scrap at least 2 1/2” square
  • Old Olive – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White scrap at least 2 1/4” square
  • Gold Glimmer paper – scrap at least 2 1/4” square


  • Old Olive card stock – 8” x 8”
  • Designer Series Paper – 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

I LOVE to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

  1. Adhere plaid paper to Real Red panel.
  2. Wrap ribbon around left side of panel and knot.  TIP: use a small amount of SNAIL on top and bottom and attach end of ribbon to the SNAIL.  Apply more SNAIL over ribbon before adhering to front of card.
  3. Cut out starburst from gold glimmer paper.
  4. Stamp your greeting in Real Red on piece of Whisper White.  Punch out with the 2” circle and glue to glimmer circle.  TIP: Use liquid glue for best adhesion.
  5. Punch out 2 1/4” circle from Real Red scrap.  Adhere to back of glimmer circle with dimensionals.  Glue to middle front of card.
  6. Attach red rhinestones as desired.

Here’s the BEST part!  Make the envelope and liner along with me!


Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board


OK, it’s time to get get busy!  Here are all the supplies I used so you can recreate it in your own craft room.

Let's Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Did you check out my video tutorial to make your envelope and liner?  

While my card was intended for Christmas would YOU use it any time of year (maybe with a different greeting?)  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Crafting festive cards should be quick and easy.  Whether you are a “seasoned” stamper, or one just catching the stamping “bug”, you’ll have fun with this fast design.  And once you’ve made it, be sure to dress it up even more and make an envelope liner with the envelope punch board.

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