December 18th

**Welcome to my little Christmas blog! Here you'll find something Christmassy every single day until the big celebration on 25th of December! Some of the things I have created myself and some have been made by you, my dearest readers!
Thank you and the Happiest Holidays!**


I love making things myself, and try to make my Christmas presents look unique not only inside but outside too. This year I chose the wrapping papers from a shop as I just didn't find time to sew the gift bags, but wanted my packages to have a handmade feel still.

You'll need:
paper and cardboard (you can buy new, but I used my smallest scraps left from other paper crafts)
string or thread
(optional: wrapping paper to match)

I studied my pretty wrapping papers, and chose some colors and images out of them. This is totally optional, but I just...Like my things to match.

I started cutting little tags out of different colored papers, and cut some hearts, snowmen, stars and even some reindeer. I used glue, and wrote the Happy Holidays wishes on back with black marker. I also left a space for name.

Happy December 18th!


P.S.I used a basic white cotton thread as string, and a sewing needle helped a lot. Just poke the needle and thread through the tag from back to front, and to the same hole again (this time from front to back). Leave a little loop in front. Remove the needle, and take both of the thread ends through the loop. Tighten the threads and make a knot on the end.


Anne said...

Lovely idea, Mia. I like the snowman tags the best. Hoping you will have a good weekend.


Mia said...

Thank you, Anne!

I wish you the happiest weekend, too!
It's only a week until...


Anonymous said...

And I know exactly how pretty these little tags are!! They make lovely little bookmarks afterwards. :)
I must admit I love wrapping presents too, making them all look pretty!
Enjoy your weekend Mia from a very snowy N.Ireland, we're looking more like Finland every day!!!
Vivienne x

Jane said...

Hi Mia, these are beautiful, I too love to match tags with the paper. I agree that a present has to be a present on the inside and the outside too. Your gifts look fantastic as did my darling pig who came today, complete with a snowy tag......a perfect Christmas surprise :0) Take care and keep warm,
Love Jane x

Mia said...

I also use my gift tags as bookmarks, Viv!
I still have quite a few gifts to wrap and I would love to make all with these tags but we'll see - it's so close already!!

Stay warm and cozy, it's cold (-19c) and windy here too!


Mia said...

I am so happy Jane, that the little "I am a Christmas-card-pig" arrived to make you smile!

Have a cozy weekend next your beautiful tree!


Helen Philipps said...

Your tags look so lovely - and each design is lively and fresh in it's own way. I often use gift tags for bookmarks too - or hang them up in my studio to enjoy for longer if I really like them!
Have a lovely weekend. Helen x

Teje said...

Hello Mia! You make your packets most beautiful and those little tagets are wonderful! Thank you for a lovely idea!
I'm waiting to see your next Christmas posts! Teje

karen said...

Its been lovely catching up with your last few blogs, Mia. You have been so busy making things. Today we have
decorated our lovely tree and put out more candles and decorations. Paper angels are on the list for tomorrow.
Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for being so inspiring. Karen X

Mia said...

Thank you, Helen!
I have a bad habit of saving all the smallest fabric and paper scraps, and I am constantly looking ways to use them! This is one of them!

Happy 4th Advent Sunday!


Mia said...

Hi Teje,

And thank you! It's been lovely to make all these crafts for you to show, and still a few to go...So great to have you visiting me here!

Happy Sunday - and it' s only 5 days...


Mia said...

Hello Karen,

I know exactly how you feel! There are so many things to do and only five days... But have a great time, and enjoy the busy-moments too!

Happy Sunday and many greetings from Finland again!


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