Somehow every year Christmas sneaks up on me. Every year I say “I’m going to start in July so I’m ready to go by December.” And every year I find myself a few weeks before scrambling. This year I decided to bring back a gift idea to simplify Christmas.
Years ago when I was reading one of my favorite blogs I came across an awesome idea- want, need, wear, read. It’s pretty simple. Instead of getting a stack of presents for each child, they all get one want, one need, one wear, and one read. They will still each get a big gift from Santa and stocking stuffers but this will help cap things. For some reason as Christmas gets closer, I start spending more and adding more to my cart. It’s so silly. And wasteful. And brings more clutter. It gets way out of hand. So I’m reeling it back in.
Something you WANT
Something you NEED
Something you WEAR
Obviously this can be interpreted however you’d like – wear doesn’t have to be clothes. It can be jewelry or accessories or whatever. Read could be a magazine subscription. You get the idea?
A long time ago I decided that each person would have their own wrapping paper. It makes it easy to hand out and my family gets excited about their wrapping paper. So I pulled out some paper and I designed cute gift tags to go with this idea.
Dremel had me test out their VersaTip to see what I could come up with. I’m here to tell you that if I can use this tool, you can too. I created something so simple but it got me excited about other ideas — using leather and other wood pieces to make something special. These etched tags just add a little something extra to the cute packages for Christmas.
To make them you need:
- wooden tags (I found these mason jar ones at Michaels and fell in love)
- Dremel VersaTip
- butane gas
- well ventilated area
The VersaTip comes with a guide on how to get it set up. I had to buy butane gas at the home improvement store. When I went there I wasn’t exactly sure where to buy the gas from. A nice employee directed me to wear the blow torches are. All the guys walking that aisle looked up at me surprised that I was there. I like keeping them guessing…..
To make the tags I free handed words, letters, hearts, dots. You could use a pencil or design something with vinyl and use it as a guide. For my first showing they turned out pretty cute but I’ll know a little better for next time. There’s kind of rhythm to the pressure to use and how to sketch with this tool. There are also a few different attachments to try out. It can be used for soldering, melting, hot cutting, welding, shrinking, pyrography, and paint removal. Crazy!
Download these printable gift tags. For subscribers and personal use only. Thanks!
What do you do for gifts? Do you package them up a certain way?
This post is sponsored by Dremel®. All opinions are 1 million% my own and I’m happy to be working with a company I believe in about an important topic.