An Easy Christmas Craft

Christmas card with gold glittered bird in a treeHave you ever bought a greeting card that you just had to buy because you wanted to make something like it?  Well – this happens to me all the time {which is why I have a ton of cards – but not as many completed projects!} But, this idea for making some special gift tags from this card was such an easy Christmas craft – I was able to do it in a matter of minutes.

a sketch of a bird on a gift tagFirst, I drew a quick sketch of the bird and the branches onto the gift tag. It doesn’t have to be perfect – just representational!

glue and gold glitter on a gift tagThen – the fun part! I used Elmer’s Glue to “paint” the bird and the branches.  I then used Meyer’s Glass Glitter (which is a bit more substantial than the glitter that you buy at Michael’s etc).  But – if that’s what you have on hand – that will work too.  An easy way to control the glitter from getting all over the place is to put in in a piece of paper to create a funnel.  Put your gift tag on a paper plate – and as you sprinkle the glitter will be saved in the plate for reuse.  I had to re-do some parts of the tag with more glue and another application.

a gift on the table with a gold glitter gift tag

I put the gift tag with the other birds in my house!

closeup of a gold glitter gift tag on a Christmas giftIt’s a simple little gesture to show someone special that they mean a lot to you.  This will be for my husband.  I still have to figure out what will go in it!  I am thinking of a really beautiful watch for him this Christmas.

There are so many other things you can make with this simple pattern (or other motifs that are simple to draw).  You could do this on ornaments and homemade cards, just to name a few ideas.

I hope that everyone is having fun decorating their homes.  Tell me what you’re doing in the comments below!


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