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Gift Adornments




These smartly wrapped packages have retro charm. Attaching the holiday tags is a cinch -- they're designed with slits that fit around ribbon. And the handles slip right over the tops of plain bags, turning them into cute parcels you can carry.



  1. Step 1

    Download and print tags on white card stock. Cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Cut the ribbon long enough to wrap around your gift box. For a tag with two slots, you'll need one piece; a tag with four slots will require two.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap the ribbon around the box, securing the ends with tape. Cover tape by threading the tag over the taped section.

  4. Step 4

    Download and print handles on white card stock, enlarging or reducing them to match the width of your gift bags (for standard lunch bags, enlarge by 135 percent). Cut out.

  5. Step 5

    Score the handle so you can fold it in half horizontally.

  6. Step 6

    Place a present or treats in a bag. Trim the top of the bag, cutting it 1 or 2 inches higher than the top of the items inside.

  7. Step 7

    Use double-sided adhesive to close the bag. Affix a handle to the bag with double-sided adhesive, sandwiching the top of the bag inside.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 133 December 2004



Reviews (4)

  • Firebird91 13 Dec, 2008

    Both the handles and the tags are on the handles downlodd. Rather than using card stock I have some old cheap photo paper lying around that isn't good enough to print photos on so I used that and it worked out great. The tags are nice and glossy.

  • dragonflies 22 Dec, 2007

    The ribbon one is the handle one.

  • ginaadavis 14 Dec, 2007

    I found two download links in the article, however, they are mis-labeled. The first download, under Gift Tag How-to is actually the Handle art. The 2nd download link under Handle How-to is for the Gift Tags art.

  • cherylj559 13 Dec, 2007

    Where is the templet for the tags you use with ribbon?