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Sparkling Gift Tags

Created By: Yunhee Kim, Johnny Miller




These sparkling gift tags, with a front flap for holding gift-certificate cards, are as functional as they are pretty. Tie them to presents, or hang them on the tree.


  • Card stock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glitter (in varying shades)
  • Cord or string


  1. Step 1

    Cut a 4 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch rectangle from card stock, rounding the corners. Cut a 3 1/2-inch square in a coordinating color, rounding bottom corners only. Trim top edge with scallop scissors if desired.

  2. Step 2

    Place strips of double-sided tape where glitter will appear, using different widths to vary the size of the stripes; sprinkle with glitter. (If using multiple shades of glitter, lay tape strips down 1 at a time so you can sprinkle individually.)

  3. Step 3

    Attach square to rectangle with double-sided tape, leaving opening at top. Write greeting on front. Punch a hole in the top, and thread with cord or string, knotting to secure.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2008



Reviews (10)

  • hititwithastick 23 Dec, 2009


  • maryspaintworksplus 30 Dec, 2008

    I use the technique of tole stroke art with glue on glass or wooden ornaments to adhere the glitter. It makes for such a lovely sparkling ornamnet


  • WishICouldBe 23 Dec, 2008

    Anna Marie, I was told at a craft store in Dearborn MI that if you take glue and dilute it at 50% glue/50% water, maybe a little less water, and brush it over the glitter (after the glitter has dries), the glitter will not come off easy. I have done it with some ornaments and it worked for me. Hopes this helps you.

  • younggrama 23 Dec, 2008

    thanks ddrogers for your great idea; I'm trying to use things I have already at the house; helps to save money and "go green". I'm using old xmas cards to make gift bags with craft bags I had from last year. Just put tissue paper, a card w/ back cut off on the front of bag and maybe trim with paper at the top and a craft punch

  • jmeisen 22 Dec, 2008

    There is a tape that does have enough stick. I don't recall the tape brand, but it is sold in craft stores and scrapbook stores and have a pink tint to it. Its meant for applying glitter, seed beads, etc.

  • Anna_Marie 22 Dec, 2008

    Does the double-stick tape really have enough "stick" to keep the glitter on? One of my pet peeves is glittery things that shed their glitter. Would tacky glue make a better bond? It may take longer to make, but the results might be more permanent.

  • Marycassells 22 Dec, 2008

    My group made ornaments with glitter this fall. Problem is it is hard to part with it.

  • ddrogers69 22 Dec, 2008

    Going green is such a big thing-take your Christmas Cards (I even take the ones from the office they want to just throw away)...get some "scrap booking" scissors of various cuts-cut out the fronts in the differnt shapes-punch a [filtered word] in top-thread ribbon you can curl threw. They make the most beautiful handmade gift tags. With the bigger cards use them for your food give aways and write the recipe on it!

  • jes2 22 Dec, 2008

    Great idea to use the glue pen. Glad you thought of it as I too only had one width of tape. I love the look of them - think they'll add a lot of sparkle under the tree.

  • georgineb1 22 Dec, 2008

    I have made one of these so far. I only have one width of double stick tape, so I used a Martha Stewart glue pen for a thinner glitter line. The glue pen is great in theory, but the execution isn't great. I have a hard time keeping the glue flowing.
    The gift tag turned out cute though. Easy!