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Homemade Holiday Gift Tags


Subject:Arts & Humanities,
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description
Students make their own tags for gifts.


Students use common materials to make gift tags. Students define the term gift tags and describe how they are used.


holiday, crafts, homemade, gift tags, Christmas

Materials Needed

  • different colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • rulers
  • crayons or markers
  • pens
  • a hole punch
  • yarn, ribbon, or decorative string
  • computers with Internet access (optional)
  • pinking shears (optional)

Lesson Plan

  • Begin the lesson by asking students what gift tags are and how people use them. Ask students what kinds of stores sell gift tags and how much they think the tags cost.
  • Tell students that they are going to save money by making their own gift tags. Distribute the construction paper, scissors, rulers, and drawing materials.
  • Tell students to use a ruler to make straight lines for their tags, and remind them to leave space for To and From. Encourage students to use their imagination to decorate their tags.
  • If students need help with art ideas for their tags, you might let them use holiday clip art. You can find some clipart samples on the following sites:
    Awesome Clipart for Educators: Christmas Holidays
    Christmas Corner: Christmas Clip Art
    Christmas Clip Art
  • Have students cut out their tags. (If possible, provide pinking shears for students to use to make decorative edges.) Tell students to put a hole in one corner using a hole punch and thread decorative string, yarn, or ribbon through the hole.
Variation: For younger students, make a gift tag pattern before the lesson. Trace the pattern onto different colored construction paper. Assist students where necessary in cutting or doing other steps to create the tags.


Observe students' participation, and evaluate students' skills in completing the activity.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Visual Arts:


Originally published 12/11/2000
Last updated 11/01/2010