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vintage book gift tags (for christmas!)

the past week home in the u.s. has been amazing.

nothing compares to this time of year in the midwest. the cool temperatures and endless community spirit are infectious (infectious in a very good way). it’s going to be hard to head home to the warmth, but knowing that a smiling man with a big mustache (full fledged movember) is waiting for me in oz – makes the trip back to australia a welcome one.

in typical american tradition, my mom and i put up the tree and household decor this past weekend (anything prior to thanksgiving would be a sin). now that the tree and decorations are up, the wrapping can begin.

last year i bought some great handmade tags and bows on etsy, and this year i decided to make my own. i knew that i wanted to incorporate a little recycling + a bit of nostalgia, so i went looking on ebay for supplies. i picked up a few little golden book christmas stories. 2 of the 4 books i purchased i actually had as a child (twas the night before christmas and the biggest most beautiful christmas tree). since i’d already decided on kraft wrapping paper, vintage inspired ribbon and christmas rice tape for the packaging – the books were purchased to make some nostalgic gift giving tags. using the book pages paired with a few supplies (including some super cute stamps from michael’s $1 section), i whipped up these little creations.

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my handmade vintage children’s book christmas gift tags

make your own vintage book tags this christmas (or for any upcoming holiday)…

what you’ll need: scissors, hole punch, self sticking hole reinforcements, glue stick, cardstock and books that you are happy to repurpose – optional: stamps & stamp pad

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supplies you’ll need to make vintage book gift tags this christmas


handmade find friday! (the yard ink d.i.y. reindeers)

last weekend i shared tales of my afternoon at the bowerbird bazaar here in adelaide. today i’ll bring you one of my favorite finds of the day…

the find: after i’d done a few laps of the retail floor, i stumbled upon a booth filled with some of the cutest christmas decor – reindeer & christmas trees galore. amongst all the colorful designs, i noticed plain cardboard peeking through. the booth: the yard ink, an offshoot of mitousa – a creative agency based here in adelaide. the product: cardboard christmas designs, some of their own signature designs and also plain diy decor.

the yard ink booth at bowerbird bazaar

i had a chat with one of the designers at the booth. she mentioned that this was their first market and the introduction of their product line. i was pretty excited to be one of the first people to pick up their kitschy creations – so much, that i decided to pick up two at $25 a pop. one for me and one to send to a faithful howd.i.y. reader and my favorite crafting buddy back in the usa.

last saturday night i stayed in and crafted with my cardboard creation. here is the the transformation from cut-outs to reindeer – glue-on eyes, a pom-pon nose, a handkerchief, a little old english to give the deer a warm winter glow and some button covered white snow. i love this little guy!

the process of creating my reindeer

my d.i.y. reindeer

if you’d like to pick up your very own cardboard reindeer or christmas tree, you can contact the gang at the yard ink by visiting their website for contact information OR email them at hello@theyardink.com.au.

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