DIY Holiday Gift Tags With Paper Scraps And Epoxy

DIY Christmas holiday gift tags with paper and resin


Hello Resin Fans. Let’s DIY gift tags for Christas. The fun thing about this resin project is you can use many items after the Christmas crazy and make tags throughout the year. Then, by Christmas time, you are ready to go! (Plus, recycling is always a win-win.) Also, what about re-using gift tags year after year so they become a memorable keepsake? Or if you DIY gift tags for your kids’ gifts, the tags could become ornaments on their tree when they move out.

hole punched tags ready for resin - make tags with stamps, markers, gift wrap and Christmas cards

Resin Supplies:

Resin Obsession Super Clear resin
Gloves, cup, stir stick, timer, piece of foam
– Tissue paper, Christmas cards, wrapping paper
– Store-bought finished Christmas tags
– Holiday ephemera, shapes, sequins
– Flashcard and charms, clip bails, and ball chain
– Stamps and Distress Ink
– Washi tape
– Ribbon or fabric ribbon
Decoupage Glue
– Zots adhesive dots
– Hole punch

tag supplies - tissue, used Christmas cards, wrapping paper

Step 1:  Make the paper tag

I used stamps, markers, gift wrap, and Christmas cards. Some I cut out using a tag die, but you can use a clothing tag as a template. Simply trace and cut.

spread thin layer of resin on tag with piece of kitchen sponge

Step 2:  Cover in resin

Once your tags are made, coat them in resin. Resin Obsession crystal doming resin works great for this. It mixes thick, so it sticks to the paper evenly. Follow the directions included in the package. Be sure to use gloves as resin is super sticky. Here is a quick post if you need to learn how to mix resin.

I used a piece of sponge to spread the resin as I wanted a thin layer. I coated both sides of the tag, starting with the backside. Then, I set the tag on my parchment paper with a light coat of resin. Slide your tag a bit to settle it into the resin. This helps prevent bubbles and gaps from being created on the backside of your piece. Let the resin cure overnight.

marker test just to see which markers could be used with resin - will they smear?

⭐️ Pro tip:  Do a test to see which markers you like best with your DIY gift tags. This makes a great reference for future mixed media projects.

Here are five DIY gift tags you can make:

tag 1 - ornaments and Christmas tree

Tag 1:

Cut a tag shape from white card stock. Then, add a stamped image. Re-stamp on card stock and color using a sharpie marker.

Next, cut out the shapes of the ornaments and adhere them with decoupage glue. Add another glue layer over the entire tag so the ink won’t smear when you add resin. Then add a piece of ephemera (the Christmas tree).

back of tag 1 - wrapping paper and card cut-outs

On the backside of the tag, add a Christmas card piece cut in the tag shape. Punch a hole at the top for the ribbon to be added after the resin cures. Add other fun designs you find. I cut the tree and penguin from wrapping paper and adhered them with decoupage glue. Lastly, I added a sequin snowflake with brad after the resin cured. I used a Zot adhesive dot to glue the snowflake to the epoxy resin. Finish it with a ribbon or piece of fabric.

tag 2 - star tissue paper turns translucent with resin coating, washi tape adds detail

Tag 2:

I love, love, LOVE using tissue with resin because it ends up translucent, which is so cool! This tag took no time at all, and it would be super easy to make a ton of these.

Cut the tissue paper in the tag shape. Add strips of washi tape at the bottom. A lot of washi has sentiments, which is where my Season’s Greetings came from. Add a layer of decoupage glue on top to seal the washi. Then add the resin.

If resin fills up the holes of your DIY gifts tags, you can re-punch them.

tag 3 - quick and simple stamped card with distress ink and charm

Tag 3:

This is another speedy way to DIY gift tags. Stamp a holiday image on card stock. Next, let the ink dry and cut the image out. Add the resin. You can either add a sticker quote before or after the resin phase. If you added the sticker before, just seal the quote with decoupage glue. Once the resin is cured, add a charm, ribbon, or something else.

tag 4 - layer store-bought tag with resin

Tag 4:

This is the easiest of the gift tags to DIY. Add a layer of resin to a tag you buy. Add ribbon, done!

tag 5 - Flashcard by Tim Holtz with distressed edges, charm, and chain

Tag 5:

I have to say I love how this turned out. Again super simple but effective.

Take a Flashcard by Tim Holtz, distress the edges, and punch a hole. Make sure to distress both sides. Coat with resin and let it cure. Add a charm and a chain, and it’s ready for a gift. So quick!

I love how you also wear this gift tag as a necklace.

DIY resin gift tags supplies

Just to give you an idea of how much resin I used, it took 1 ½ oz of resin to cover all these pieces.

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Originally written by Karen Bearse

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2020 Resin Obsession, LLC

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One thought on “DIY Holiday Gift Tags With Paper Scraps And Epoxy

  1. An amazing post Karen! Your tags are just fabulous and make me want to finally open up that resin I have had in my stash for years! I particularly love the ‘dog tag’ idea, it is amazing! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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