How to Make Tags

By Noreen Doll.

Wouldn’t it be nice to make your own tags, so you could have them any size or color you wanted?

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Here’s how to make tags quickly and easily.

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Card Stock or Manilla Folders




Tacky Glue

Paper Punches – 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch

Paper Punches

How to make Tags.

1. Determine the size you want to make your tags.

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The tags I made are 2 1/2 inches by 5 inches. 2 1/4 inches by 4 inches. And 1 3/4 inches by 3 inches.

Cut the rectangles.

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2. Decide how much of the top corners you want to cut off.

Look at various tags to see how they are done.

I cut only a small amount off each corner, but I have made tags with larger amounts removed, too.

3. Use a ruler to make a diagonal line on one top corner of the tag.

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Cut it off.

4. Flip the corner piece you cut off over and lay it on the opposite top corner of the tag.

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Draw a line along the edge of the corner piece.

Cut the corner off on the line.

5. Using the 3/4 inch punch or the 1/2 inch punch, cut a circle in a contrasting color.

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I use the 3/4 inch punch for larger tags and the 1/2 inch punch for smaller tags.

6. Glue the circle in the center of the tag near the top as shown. Let dry.

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7. Use the 1/4 inch punch to punch a hole in the center of the circle.

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The tag is finished.

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If you are going to make a lot of tags, use cereal box cardboard to make one tag, flipping the first corner over

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to make the second corner.

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As you can see on this tag template, I made the diagonals deeper so the tag is much narrower at the top.

Then trace the corner shapes onto other rectangles to create tags.

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Instead of putting the ring around the hole, you can just punch a hole in the top of the tag, as I’ve done on the template.

Trace the hole on the tag so you will know where to punch.

Noreen Doll

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  1. JaneEllen says:

    Hi Noreen this is a good covers all guide to making tags. I have a template I bought that has different shapes if tags but this is good general how to’s. From here can figure out how to make other shapes if wanted. I love making my own tags as I like making tags to go with what I’m giving or making.
    I like to make tags for selling also. Sometimes people don’t have time to make tag or live out away from store to buy them which in my case applies.
    Thanks for sharing this. Happy weekend

  2. Thanks for letting me know this was helpful! Have a lovely day.

  3. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    I like the look with the ring around the hole, it adds just a little something extra to the finished look. :)

  4. I Like this idea… it looks finished and there are so many ways it could be used.. thank you for the idea. :) Pinning this.

  5. Excellent demonstration. I love that there are no specialized templates that you have to buy etc. Thanks!

    Stacey K

  6. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing this tutorial at the Creative Inspiration Party. Join us again next week!

  7. What a simply genius idea to use the first corner as a template for the second corner. I’m smacking myself in the forehead right now, lol. Wonderful tutorial.

  8. I love tags and I love making them, too. Thanks for your tutorial. You nailed it, girl. Fun. Fun. Fun. Your friend, Linda

  9. That is a great tutorial and such a helpful project, making pretty tags. Thanks for bringing this to #HomeMattersParty

  10. Super Cute!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again this week!! Love having you!! Pinned!!!

  11. Your timing is perfect Noreen. I was only at the store today looking for some and no stores had them. How easy and simple is this to make your own. I’ve got heaps of card so I’m going to make some for the wedding in the exact size I need. Thank you so much. I’m featuring this at tomorrow’s party. Great to have you visit each week.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  12. Boy, I sure can use this idea!!! I’ve got lots of scraps of scrap book paper I can use up!

    Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party.


  13. These are great tips! Tags are such a cute little way to embellish a gift. I really like the idea of creating a template out of cardboard too…huge time saver! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you’ll join us again this week! :)

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