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DIY Christmas Gift Tags in 15 Minutes

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We are back this week for another round of Craft Lightning with some of our favorite bloggers! This is the busiest time of year for a lot of people, and sometimes we don’t have a ton of time to spend crafting. Enter Craft Lightning, where the object of this post (and our fellow bloggers) is to provide you with a DIY that will take 15 minutes or less out of your busy schedule. For this post, we designed and crafted these DIY Gift Tags using Cricut Cardstock and Iron-On Gold Foil. That’s right–Heat Transfer Vinyl on PAPER!

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Materials Needed for this Craft:

-Cutting Machine (like the Cricut Maker; SHOP HERE for the new Essentials Bundle!)
-Black Cardstock (Shop Cricut Paper HERE.)
-Gold Iron-On Foil (Shop Cricut Iron-On Vinyl HERE.)
-Heat Press or Regular Iron (we used the Cricut EasyPress, a heat press/iron hybrid that is wonderful for this project as well as making t-shirts and other projects (SHOP FOR THE EASYPRESS HERE).

Other Materials Used, but not required:

-Cricut Essentials Tool Kit (for weeding away the extra iron-on foil).
-Cricut BrightPad (makes weeding SO much easier. SHOP HERE).

To make the Gift Tags:

First, you need to bring up your design in your cutting software. For those of you using Cricut Design Space, we’ve already created the file for you to use!


When you are ready to cut your materials, the most import thing to remember is that you have to MIRROR your iron-on vinyl, so be prepared to switch that if necessary.
Your ready-to-cut screen should look similar to this:

If you’ll notice the blue box around the one “Merry & Bright” set, you’ll see that I also clicked on each of the designs and spaced them out a little bit to make it easier to cut them apart.

First, the screen will prompt you to cut the cardstock tags:

And then, switch your material setting to “Iron-On” and cut the Iron-On Foil (shiny side down). Cut the sections apart, and weed out all of the extra vinyl that isn’t needed. Make sure you use a decent vinyl cutter too otherwise the vinyl may fray with a poor cutter. Feel free to visit vinylcuttingmachineguide.com to look at some other vinyl cutters if yours isn’t up to scratch.

Once your materials are cut, you just need to iron-on the foil letters using your EasyPress (or heat press/iron). Place your tag(s) between 2 sheets of parchment paper and press the EasyPress firmly down onto the tags.

We found that 320 degrees for 20 seconds worked great to get the foil to adhere to the paper.

Wait for the iron-on foil to cool down completely, and then remove the backing material. You’re done!

In under 15 minutes, you have adorable (and shiny!) gift tags for all of your Christmas wrapping needs!

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Hi, y’all! I’m Charynn, the owner and designer of Pineapple Paper Co. I’m a mom of four kids (two girls and two boys) living in Pittsburgh. I love hand lettering, anything southern, cocktails, and of course, pineapples! I am excited to share my SVG files, printables, and craft projects with you! The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and I welcome y’all to my little corner of the internet. Read more…

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  1. Iron on vinyl on paper – what an idea! I have to remember this technique. I’m a fellow Craft Lightning crafter.