Apr 1, 2012

Printable Vintage Easter Tags and Tutorial



I think vintage holiday post cards and greeting cards are sweet and have made some of my favorites into sturdy tags so I can display and enjoy them year after year as holiday decorations. I started with Halloween and Christmas last year, and just finished some for Easter.
I display my tags in a silver bowl, but they would also be sweet hanging by ribbons from a spring branch, as gifts tucked into an Easter basket, with a name added for place cards, or as old fashioned Easter cards.


  









Instructions


To make your own vintage tags, begin by clicking on one of the tags below. When the tag opens in another window, right click it and save it to your computer. The tags may look grainy at this large size on your screen, but will print well at their actual size of 2.5 inches x 4 inches. Print the tags you've chosen onto card stock. 

           The sources for these vintage images are two beautiful CD's called  
Clickart: Celebrations & Holidays and  
Clickart: Fine Art by Broderbund
purchased about twelve years ago.










You can use the tags as they are, printed on card stock, but I like to make them stronger and sturdier by mounting them on mat board. 

Cut each tag out, trace its outline on a piece of stiff mat board, and cut that out too. Add a few drops of water to some white glue to thin it out and cover the entire piece of mat board with the glue. Make sure you cover the edges. Center the tag on top, smooth it out, and place under some books to dry flat. Repeat with the other tags. 




Optional 
Once the tags are completely dry, I embellish a few of the details on each tag with a little fine glitter. Put dots and thin lines of glue where you want one color of glitter at a time. Sprinkle only one color on the tag to cover those places and tap off the excess glitter onto a folded piece of paper. Return the excess glitter to the bottle. Repeat with more dots and lines of glue and the next color of glitter. There's no need to dry the glue between colors, just remember to glue and sprinkle only one color at a time. 


On the tag below, I added blue dots of glitter to the bouquet and red, yellow, and blue lines of glitter to the bunnies' bows. Choosing where and how much to embellish each tag is the fun part. After all the tags are done, punch holes at the top of each tag and tie with a piece of ribbon, string, or twine. 




Let the tags dry completely and display them as decorations or give them as gifts.











After each holiday, I just drop the tags into a Ziploc bag and pack them away with the other holiday decorations. I know they'll give me a smile when I unpack them year after year. I'll be sharing more vintage tags as the other holidays roll around, and I'd love to hear the new ways you think to use them, too. 

Have a great day! 

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27 comments:

  1. Your tags are adorable! I wish I had a printer to make some for myself.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards

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  3. I love these tags. They are gorgeous and not to hard to make it seems. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love the tags and the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
    Carole R.
    ziggyr215@aol.com

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  5. Adorable, Laurel! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm going to include a link back in an Easter highlights tomorrow. ;)

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  6. Stopping by from the DIY Project Parade! http://queenofsavings.com

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  7. VERY cute -- love the cards in the glasses!

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  8. Those are gorgeous. I am definitely printing these out. Thanks for linking up to the Bunny Blog Hop!!

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  9. So lovely! Please come share at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/04/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-18.html

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  10. I love this! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  11. Lovely! I come across vintage postcards ALL THE TIME but never take the time to scan them. Great idea and maybe I've been inspired to get a little more crafty, thanks!

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  12. I love the touch of glitter! I will be borrowing that idea.
    New follower,
    Eilis
    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

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  13. Such lovely tags and so kind of you to share. They look so pretty with the glitter, and displaying them in the wineglasses is a neat idea.

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  14. Thank you SO MUCH for this adorable collection of Easter Cards. I'm gong to print these out and glue them to clothes pegs and attach them to everything. Thank you!

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  15. how super cute thanks so much for sharing come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2012/03/resurrection-eggs.html

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  16. Very sweet. Happy Easter to you and thanks for sharing.♥♫

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  17. What beautiful Easter tags -- thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. These are adorable. I'm so glad I found your blog and I am now following so we can stay connected. I would love if you stopped by and follow too. Lori

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  19. I LOVE this and will be using the cards for gifts on Sunday! Thanks so much for the printables.

    ~Julia

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  20. So far you are the #1 most clicked on link at the Bunny Blog Hop. I will be featuring you tomorrow.

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  21. Hi lovely lady.
    I Love the tags and the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter. Im following both of your followers now. I would love if you join my Tablescapes.
    XXOO Diane

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing these. They are absolutely adorable! New follower here!

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  23. Those are really pretty Easter tags. I found you on DIY By Design and I am a new follower. Happy Easter

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  24. Laurel you sure know how to get your craft on!:) Thanx for sharing the vintage images with us and for linking up to THT!

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  25. The cards and tags are exquisite. I know they represent many hours of pleasure. They inspire me. Virginia

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  26. Laurel, these tags are so pretty! I love them and really think the glitter adds that extra 'umph'! Love the graphics, thanks so much for sharing, I am pinning. :)

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