Free printable Woodland Creatures gift tags!
Tis the season instafriends! If you’re like me and you still need gifts for people on your list and you’re on a budget, this project is for you. I put my old mason jar lids that I don’t use to good use. I gathered up fabric and ribbon I had laying around the house, some jute, and random craft beads. So far, sound simple? Good.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
*mason jar lid
*free printable gift labels Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template
*measuring tape or ruler
*fabric and ribbon you have laying around the house
*jute (or you can use a thin ribbon)
*hot glue gun with extra glue sticks
Getting started: Download my Woodland Creatures template by clicking on the link here or above Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template, and print them out on card stock. Print out two different images (one for the front and back of your ornament). Make sure you print two copies of the front image (you will have to hack one up). Cut them all out. Taking your second copy of your front image, cut out whatever the center design is (if you’re using my Woodland Creatures template, cut out the animal). Keep the scraps from it, and cut a small strip out from it. Fold the strip five times to make a little three dimensional box and sit it aside (see second image below).
Now take the fabric you’ve chosen and cut it into strips about 2 1/4″ x 9″ or whatever will cover the entire rim of the lid.
Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun on a safe surface (the glue will get everywhere & the glue and gun both get very hot. Please use caution and do not end up on the 6 o’clock news!) Still with me? Okay, I have listed the directions in numerical order that correspond to a photo below giving you a visual aid. Pretty simple stuff. Recap: Follow the steps in order, consult the pictures with the same number, don’t end up in the hospital. Okay, let’s get to it my little jolly elves 😉
1. Lay out your cloth strip, mason lid rim, and glue gun out where you’ll be working.
2. Glue around the outer rim, pressing the fabric down as you go.
3. Continue gluing all the way around the rim until the fabric is completely tacked down (it’s okay if the fabric over laps a little).
4. Taking the fabric sticking out, glue the inner rim, folding the fabric through the opening and pressing it down on the inner rim.
5. Repeat this action until that entire side of fabric is folded inward and glued down.
6. Once the inner rim is completely covered with that side of the fabric, we are now going to take the fabric sticking out on the other side and fold it inward.
7. Gluing it down the same way you did for the other side. Glue over top the fabric on the inner rim you just did, folding the loose fabric inward and pressing down on the inner rim as you go.
8. This is how your inner rim should look like.
9. This is how the outer rim should look like. Now sit it aside for later.
10. Grad the mason jar lid plate (the flat metal part that fits inside the rim). Grab the design you’ve chosen to be the back of the ornament. Simply glue it to the shiny, silver side of the plate.
11. Once the glue is secure, taking the rim in one hand and the plate in the other, press the plate firmly into the rim (with the picture facing outward) until the plate can’t go any further. (Consult picture #11 and #12)
12. Your back should look something like this.
13. Flip it back over to the front side. Taking your picture you have chosen for the front, add a dab of glue onto the plate and press the design firmly onto the plate. (You may have to press the design around the edges to get it to lay completely flat)
14. Remember that strange little box I had you make out of that strip? Well, I need you to glue the box flap end to the other end so it will hold its box shape. Then glue it to the center of your design on the front side. (Definitely, check out the pic below if I lost ya, haha!)
15. Add a dab of glue on top of the little box you just attached, then, before your glue dries, quickly take the second front design you cut out and center it on your box (pressing it gently until glue dries). This should now give your design a nice little three dimensional effect.
16. This step is optional but SO much fun! Add a dab of glue to your design. Taking tweezers, grab a bead and press it into the glue.
17. You can continue to add beads all over your design. I glued beads down on mine wherever there were berries.
18. Remember the jute I listed? Now simply cut enough to wrap around the entire outer rim and still have enough for a loop (about 20″). Starting at the top of your rim, center a dab of glue and press one end of the jute down. Wrap it around the outer rim, and glue it down at the starting point, leaving your excess sticking straight up.
19. Create a loop with the excess, gluing the excess down at the starting point. (simply snip whatever is left off with your scissors.)
20. It should look something like this.
21. To finish your look off, take whatever festive ribbon you have tie a beautiful bow around the hanging loop you just created to hide the messy glue. (You can add a dab of glue inside the ribbon knot if you wish, to keep it from moving around.)
Check out the end results below and I think you’ll agree, this diy project is not only simple and inexpensive but stylish too. You certainly won’t be embarrassed to hand out these beauties. Here’s another tip: They can also serve as name tags on presents that the recipient can later use as an ornament (you can even type their names on it to give it a more personal touch).
I hope you enjoyed this last minute little project. Thanks for stoppin’ by. I hope y’all have a very merry Christmas!