This keepsake reusable tag idea is one I came up with a few years ago during the Christmas holidays. I just looked around at all of the wrapping paper and tags that were being thrown away. There has to be a better, less wasteful way to wrap and tag these gifts or any other gifts I was giving during the year. I figured that if I took the wrapping paper being thrown away and made an upcycled craft I would be at least reducing my households carbon footprint. Especially since paper makes up the largest part of the refuse in landfills.
Reuse, recycle, repurpose, but most of all reduce. If you take a moment to think about the future generations and the problems they will be dealing with. Just imagine the amount of trash we sill have accumulated 25 years from now at the current rate of waste and wastefulness. We have got to do better and be more mindful. Devise some kind of plan that reduces the amount of waste we create.
Ok…… I know some reusable tags will not solve the worlds waste problems. But in reality, I can really only control my own part of the wastefulness and maybe, just maybe I can influence others by my actions. By sharing my creative ideas for recycling, reusing, and upcycling I feel like I have done at least something. Afterall, it all adds up.
Here at Going2Natural, we are concerned and passionate about our planet and all the living species within it. Part of that passion requires that we take some responsibility for coming up with some viable solutions and ideas too. Believe it or not, small things eventually add up to big noticeable changes. Think about it….. things that change for better or for worse are changed one small seemingly insignificant step at a time.
Anyway, these cute reusable tags are my current contribution to reuse and reduce. When the salt plant in Georgetown, S.C. closed down around in 2007 I acquired some slip sheet cardboard. I have managed to come up with a few awesome little projects over the years. You can substitute other cardboard material to save it from your local landfill. Some that I find work great are poster board, gift boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and the cardboard between the liquor bottles at your local liquor store because it’s sturdy & thick. The sturdier the material the longer they last. Things that last are a big contribution to reducing landfill waste.
Materials Needed to Create these Tags:
- Wrapping Paper, Pretty Clothing, Pretty Fabric scraps, Wallpaper and even Scrapbooking paper
- Slip sheet cardboard or any stiff cardboard (cereal or other food boxes)
- Heat and Bond or any other iron on adhesive
- Stencils for lettering (if you can”t draw the letters yourself)
- Hole punch
Instruction on making these tags:
- Determine the shape/shapes you would like the tags to be.
- Cut the cardboard into smaller workable sections and set aside.
- Iron your fabric/paper of choice onto the fabric adhesive.
- Turn the adhesive over and trace the desired shapes/letters onto the paper side of the adhesive.
- Cut out the traced shapes/letters.
- Iron the cutouts onto the cardboard pieces.
- Cut the shapes out precisely.
- Varnish, clearcoat or laminate the finished tag.
- Punch a hole in each tag.
- Add the cord/ribbon to the desired length.
- Hang your tag, attach to gifts, wrap as a gift, etc…
Wala! Your beautiful Keepsake tag has been created and they can be as customized as you want them to be! You know how people love things with their names on them. Especially if they have a name that you can never find on a keychain anywhere. Make some for keychains for them! I use these tags for my luggage when traveling. We made a set for each child going on the Model UN trip. It made luggage grabbing go much smoother. People make and trade tags all over the world! Start a tag swap in your craft circle. You are only limited by your imagination. So…Go for it!