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Creating gift tags from your child’s art

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About Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper is a 34-year-old wife and mother of four who lives with her family in beautiful Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more at Simple as That.

In our family, the holiday season is closely connected with crafting. I remember making ornaments with my mom as a child and I love sharing those same memories with my own children.

As much as the kids and I love a fun holiday craft project, in an effort to simplify  this year, we decided to scale the crafting adventures back to a minimum.

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We went back to the very basics. Armed with pencil and paper, we got to work creating some one of a kind gift tags.

The kids created some simple holiday art work, and with a little bit of technical know-how, I took their works of art and turned them into printable tags and cards.

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My kids loved everything about this, from the drawing, to seeing their art on my computer screen, and then printing and attaching their tags to gifts for their teachers and friends. It was such a fun project to work on together.

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How to turn your child’s art into gift tags:

1. Start with a simple line drawing. It can be done with pencil (darker lines work best) or a dark colored pen/marker.

2. When done, scan the artwork. You can also photograph the artwork if you don’t have access to a scanner – just make sure your image isn’t too dark. You can find some basic tips on photographing children’s artwork here.

3. Open the scanned or photographed art in a photo editing program. Try PicMonkey, or even use your favorite photo editing app on your phone. Simply email the scanned art to yourself, save to your camera roll, then edit with your favorite app. We’ll need to make some basic edits to the scanned art to make it printable.

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4. First change the image to black and white. You’ll notice that the background might be a light grey instead of a nice bright white. This will show up when printed, so we need to adjust the brightness and contrast of the image. This will brighten the whites and darken the lines in the drawing. Play around until you’re satisfied with the results and you have a nice, light background.

5. Now you’re ready to create your tags or cards. Crop and resize the art, then print on white or kraft colored cardstock. Trim to the size and shape you’d like your final projects to be. Add some punched circles to finish off the tops of the tags, then hole punch and attach to your gifts.

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Need more ideas how to turn children’s art into one of a kind gifts? Check out a few of these ideas:

Create a frameable collage of your child’s art

Put your child’s art together in a book for loved ones to enjoy

Turn their drawing into a stuffed doll or toy

Turn their art into a beautiful calendar

More ideas of what to do with your children’s art

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  1. I love this! I’m always looking for ways to incorporate my kids in the giving of gifts–this is so fun & easy.
    Shoot, I could even just skip the scan part and have them color on blank tags. Not quite as cute, but one less step for a recovering-perfectionist mom :).

    • I was thinking the same thing! Less trouble trying to scan and print… probably cheaper too! (Saves printer ink)

    • Great idea Jenn! What I like about scanning their artwork is that I now have a file saved on my computer that will print out 4 tags at a time – so great for printing in bulk for friend gifts, teacher gifts, etc. :)

  2. Love this!

  3. This is so helpful because often you see ideas like this floating around and the assumption is “that’s so easy” until you try and make it happen! Well, at least this is the process for me. I require simple tutorials like this so I greatly appreciate your sharing!

  4. This is a great idea! My daughter would love it…probably won’t happen this year but next year I can plan ahead for it. I also like the idea of turning their art into a calendar. Her grandparents would love that!

  5. Cute idea! It’s so neat and tidy ;-) My kids are super young, and super messy (ages 20 mos and 4 yrs). soooo I’m embraceing that for the next couple of years. I took my Daughter’s paintings (she has an easel with roll-paper) and stashed them most of the year. I’m using them as wrapping paper for Christmas and birthdays this year. I’ve also cut out cute shapes from my youngest’s scribble creations and make tag-collages on the packages I sent out this year :-)

  6. Oh my gosh, LOVE this idea! Pinning for next year!! :) Love your blog.

  7. I absolutely love this idea & like others have said, I might even skip the scanning & just have my little guy decorate tags, but I do love the simplicity of just a few designs, and with older kids, I bet seeing their art work like that would be really satisfying!

    We have some blank tags, like the ones you created, from Ikea that would be perfect for this! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Funny you should mention older kids enjoying this little project Kate – it was my nine year old son who loved doing this the most. He was so interested in the whole concept from start to finish and seeing his artwork miniaturized on the little tag – he was so happy with it! :)

  8. These are really precious! I used to use my boys’ drawings as wrapping paper.

  9. Love it!! Adds the perfect personal touch :) this Would be great for a grandparent.

  10. Oh! Thank you so much for the tutorial on this! So cute.

  11. this is a darling idea!

  12. This is such an absolutely sweet idea!! I love it!!

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