I have been in the depths of Christmas prep, which (naturally) includes wrapping presents. I try to be thrifty with wrapping gifts, because the paper etc. will end up being thrown away or recycled in one way or another anyway—it feels wasteful to invest actual money into it. Instead of gift tags or stickers, I like to tape simple little cards to each gift. Here's how I make a whole bunch of little cards in a row. Mine are decorated with aluminum foil and gold metallic paper, but of course you can use any paper (or wrapping paper) you choose.
First, fold a 4-inch-wide (or so) strip of plain white drawing paper in half like you're making one really tall, narrow card. Apply glue to one side of the folded strip, and press it onto a piece of aluminum foil. (I first crumpled up and smoothed the foil to give it some texture.)
Trim the excess foil from the paper.
The front will look like this. Ooh, shiny!
Apply glue to a second strip of decorative paper, then smooth it onto the be-foiled paper. Trim the edges as you did the first go-round.
Let the glue dry, and then cut the strip-card into a bunch of little guys—eight, in this instance.
So easy! I hope your holidays are going easily and smoothly, too.
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.