In case you didn’t know, I have a penchant for keeping ribbons, shopping bags, paper bags and pretty gift wrapping papers so you can just imagine the stash I collected last Christmas. I hate putting into waste reusable papers so I try to ‘save’ all that I can whenever I open gifts.
This year, I received quite a number of Marks and Spencer items (a big thank you to my generous friends!) and I really love the Christmas red shade of their shopping bags this year! Very Santa Claus, hihi!
Then an idea hit me. Since the paper quality of these shopping bags are thick and glossy, they’ll make perfect gift tags for next year’s Christmas! Sobrang advanced ko lang mag-plano ano? But the idea is already there so I might as well work on it (and habang vacation ko pa from work).
Using my 2-inch round puncher (that I bought at Gourdo’s last year), I was able to make quite a number of round gift tags that would probably last me till 2016. Oh, I have to save those ribbon handles too – they’re grosgrain ribbons, after all.
Here’s how you can re-use the materials from a Marks and Spencer shopping bag:
Who would think that my ribbon and gift tag are from a shopping bag?
As added personal touch to your gift, you can emboss your name in the round gift tag (personalized embossers can be ordered from The Best Impressions), then string another gift tag (in another shape) and hand-write the recipient’s name.
I’d love to hear about what you do with the paper kalat that comes with Christmas gifts. Do you save or waste the scraps?