Holiday Tag-Stravaganza

DIY Christmas tags by Natalie Lapakko featuring Stampin' Up! products.

Welcome to my Holiday Tag-Stravaganza!

This is my ultimate guide to holiday tags. It includes how to combine tag shapes and layers. It offers suggestions for Christmas color schemes, both traditional and modern. It lists ideas for how to accessorize your tags to add sparkle, shine, and a personal touch. It’s got lots and lots and lots of tag ideas to get you jazzed about your holiday wrapping. It’s got everything… except sound effects. Go tune into your favorite Christmas music and then check it out!

How to Make Tag Shapes

There are a lot of different shapes to use for tags. Since you can’t really decorate a tag until you have cut a shape of some sort out of cardstock, let’s start here.

Tag shape ideas by Natalie Lapakko

Most of these tag shapes start with a simple rectangle or square. Dies and punches can help you make circles, ovals, stars, and other shapes. Corner punches can turn a rectangle into something totally new, like number 2 or 14. A simple snip with a scissors can make a banner shape, like number 3 or an angle topped tag like number 9. Stampin’ Up! has a great Tag Topper Punch and the Lots of Labels dies that helps make shapes like number 7. Cutting the end of a tag using circle or oval dies can give you shapes like numbers 4, 5, and 8.

Think outside the box, too. Have a penguin shaped die? Use it! Got a flamingo? Why not!

I made a whole pile of tag shapes to start with. I didn’t know what I was going to make yet, but wanted to have a bunch on hand so once I started creating, I wouldn’t have to stop to cut more paper every couple minutes. I also saved any scrap strips that were leftover from cutting so I could create stripes, banner shapes, or do some color blocking.

Here’s some cards I made using some of the basic shapes above with a single layer.

DIY Christmas cards by Natalie Lapakko using Stampin Up products.

Tag Layers Galore

One tag shape is great if you are looking for a clean and simple tag style. If you like your layers on your cards, why not add layers to your tags, too? Using the shapes from above, I’ve put together a guide to give you some ideas on how to layer shapes for more complex tags.

Tag layer ideas by Natalie Lapakko, part 1

I had so many ideas for you, I split them into two images!

Tag layer ideas by Natalie Lapakko, part 2

When you layer tag shapes, there are two different ways to attach them together.

  1. Solid and stable: You can adhere them together so they are stable and do not move.
  2. Free swinging: You can use the same string or ribbon that holds the tag on the gift to attach the layers together, but allow the layers to swing around independently from each other.

The above layer ideas work equally well with either style.

Here’s some of my layered tags!

DIY Christmas Tags by Natalie Lapakko using Stampin Up products.

Christmas Color Combinations

Let’s talk color. Red + Green = Christmas, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Traditional colors often include shades reds and greens, but there are a lot of other color combinations to choose from, too. Blues, purples, silvers and other cool colors are popular for a more serene card, like a nativity or a moonlit snowy night. More modern color schemes incorporate pink, teal, or lime.

I used Stampin’ Up! colors here, because that’s what I have available and that’s what I use in my example images. Feel free to substitute whatever ink and paper colors you have!

Christmas Color Scheme Ideas by Natalie Lapakko with Stampin' Up! colors

Here are some tags using a traditional color scheme that has been modernized by adding some Delightful Dijon to the mix!

DIY Christmas Tags using Warmth and Cheer DSP from Stampin Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

And here’s another more traditional scheme with a totally different feel to it! This time I added Mint Macaron!

Homemade DIY Christmas tags by Natalie Lapakko with Stampin' Up! products.

Accessories and Embellishments

The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your tags. You have to tie the tag onto the present, and whatever you choose to use can be decorative as well as utilitarian!  Anything you would use on a card is also fair game. Sentiments are optional, and can definitely go beyond the standard “To / From”. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.

Ribbons, strings, and other things

How you attach your tag matters.

DIY Christmas Tags by Natalie Lapakko, featuring ribbon and twine from Stampin' Up!

Ribbon adds a bit of glamour to a tag, especially if they are a bit sparkly. Twine is easy to thread through a hole and tie in a bow. String comes in lots of fun colors and adds to the homemade feel!

Bling it on!

Add sparkle and shine with these embellishment ideas.

  • Rhinestones
  • Glitter
  • Twine with a sparkly twist
  • Sequins
  • Shiny ribbons
  • Washi tape
  • Metallic paper
  • Beads
  • Doilies
  • Enamel shapes
  • and more!

How about buttons?

DIY Christmas Tags by Natalie Lapakko using Stampin' Up products.

My Favorite Sentiments

My favorite sentiments for tags this come from these stamp sets by Stampin’ Up!


  • Christmas Pines
  • Tin of Tags
  • Shake and Celebrate


  • Watercolor Christmas
  • Snowflake Sentiments
  • Christmas Pines (It’s back!)

And finally, here’s the whole ensemble:

DIY Christmas Tags by Natalie Lapakko featuring Stampin' Up! products.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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18 thoughts on “Holiday Tag-Stravaganza”

  1. I am preparing to make some tags this week. Your post really helped give me ideas and things to focus on.

  2. I am a demonstrator in Montana and came across your tag-stravaganza post as I was preparing for a class with the focus on tags. Oh my goodness, what a wealth of wonderful information! I’ve shared your website with my customers because there was no need for me to ‘re-invent the wheel’. Thanks for all of the great information.

  3. Found your blog thru fellow demo Brian King’s blog hop today in which you were a guest hopper. So glad to have found you–I’m loving looking back thru your projects. Particularly love your watercoloring. But wanted to say that I love your “teaching” the most. This is the best blog post I’ve ever seen on tags anywhere. Great work!

    1. Oh wow, that is such high praise! I’m blushing over here! I’m a former art teacher, so this is my way to share and teach about stamping. I’m glad it shows! Thanks for your sweet comment!

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