Gift Tags from Garment Tags

By Noreen Doll.

Some of the hang tags that come on garments can be large and very sturdy.

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.

I always hate to throw them away, and one of the uses I’ve come up with is to make gift tags from garment tags.

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.

You can really use scraps of paper to make these, and use up your bits of wrapping paper or scrapbook paper. You could even use colorful magazine pages.

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.

All you need to do is cut colorful paper to the size of the garment tag and adhere it.

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.

A good way to get lots of mileage out of the tag is to cover both sides, using different paper on each side.


Garment Hang Tags

Paper Scraps

Ribbon or Twine



Paper Punch

How to Make Gift Tags from Garment Tags.

1. Select the paper with which you want to cover the tags.

2. Place the tag on the paper or paper scrap and draw around it.

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Cut just inside the traced lines.

If the design doesn’t matter, trace on the back side of the paper so the pencil lines don’t show.

If you want to use a particular part of the paper, you will have to trace the tag on the front of the paper.

Trace lightly and then cut just inside the pencil line.

Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal

3. Adhere the paper to one side of the tag using double sided tape.

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.

4. Turn the tag over so you can see the hole in the tag, and punch through the hole and the paper on the front.

5. Attach the paper to the back side of the tag and punch the hole through from the front, using the punched hole as a guide.

6. Embellish the tag if you wish.

7. Attach a 5 or 6 inch length of twine or ribbon through the hole and tie a knot at the top.

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.


You can just use double sided tape to attach the scrap book paper to the tag, or if you want to make a permanent tag that can be used again and again, use Mod Podge.

Instead of Mod Podge, you could mix white glue with water at a ratio of about 2 parts glue to 1 part water.

Apply the paper with just glue, and after it’s dry, lightly coat with the glue / water mixture.

For a permanent tag you could use cardboard letters to add a person’s name and reuse that tag for that person.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Now that really is recycling! What a clever idea. xx

  2. These are such a creative way to reuse/repurpose/recycle garment tags – love it!

  3. This is a great idea! They do seem too nice to throw out, and a great way to use them.

  4. Clever idea! Love all! Thanks for sharing!
    Best wishes for New Year!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  5. I would never think to do something like this! Amazing idea! And a great way to repurpose something most would view as trash!

  6. What a great idea! I love making what would normally be trash into pretty, useful items.

    Thanks for sharing with the Waste Not, Want Not link party!

  7. What a cute and useful way to recycle.

  8. JaneEllen says:

    Can always rely on you Noreen to think up so many re-uses for so many neat things to help us save on supplies and make our projects better in many ways. Thanks always for doing that. I know I sure appreciate that. Trying to stretch SS is hard enuf. Drive hubs crazy with all the stuff I save to reuse. My son in law laffs at me but that’s ok, he doesn’t have a crafter for a wife.
    I’ve been working on trying to get new printer connected with the new pc Windows 8.1. Sheesh could they make it any harder? Thought I’d better turn it off before I did any more harm. What is WPS, do you know? Think I might have done something I shouldn’t have. Oh dear. Can’t afford to take it somewhere to have knowledgeable person do it so have to wing it. Have heard and read so many people say how hard 8.1 is, now they tell me. But I’m going to proceed to wing it some more next time I feel brave enuf. lol. I’d better be plenty brave. Been having heck of time with the keyboard, can’t seem to get my hands in correct placement to type right, have to keep going back to fix things all the time. Gets annoying, and I’m not the most patient person, (to say the least). Believe me I’ve entertained idea of returning both printer and pc. No debt then right? Oh me.
    If you choose to reply please do so to email address, thanks

  9. What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Great job here :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  11. What a great recycle – I will now be saving all those little tags. I love it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  12. I would have never thought about recycling clothing tags. Thanks for sharing over at the Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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