Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Making My Own Hang Tags

Just a quick post today for those who have ever been puzzled with hang tags for jewelry or other small items.

I have tried everything from the fold-over sticky tags (aka shark tags), the cheepies from the office supply store (you know, the ones with that loooong flimsy string), ones that had been done by the local printer (only to have the ink run off) and business cards which look way too big on jewelry.

Well, last year before a show, I decided to pull my look together in a more professional manner and in a way that would be lasting. I created my own logo that is just my name spelled out in a simple, hot pink font. Now I use that branding on everything and it reminds me of how much I love the simple things. It is also a great reflection on my art, which will remain simply beautiful.

Anyway... the hang tags. Rather than going the same route, I decided to make my own. I designed a one inch square tag in Microsoft Publisher that had my logo and a matching border. Next, I printed several per page on the color printer and cut out each row of tags. Then comes the genius part. I covered each row of tags with clear packing tape on the front and the back. This keeps the ink from bleeding and makes the tag extra durable.

After that, I cut out each tag by hand and punched a small hole in the corner. Using silver elastic thread, I made a tie to loop on the piece of jewelry. Whew!! A little work, but basically free and well worth the effort!!


17 comments:

365 Letters said...

Those are very nice! Good job.

ThreadBeaur said...

The tape is a really good idea! Thanks for showing your method of making tags. I think I might use the tape idea on mine.

Amy P. said...

Ooh, packing tape! That really *is* genius.

Art By MAR said...

I agree the packing tape was genius! I love the simple design too.

niftyknits said...

excellent idea, well done and thanks for sharing!

Audrey said...

Very nice tags!! What I've done for craft shows is print them on a business card so that they fold in half - my shop on the out side, price on the inside, address and email and web page on the back.

Mama Mayborne... said...

great idea audrey. thanks for sharing!!

tanyBUG said...

these look great!

WarmAndFuzzyBaby said...

Love making tags, they do end up looking like ATC`S though.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a great job you did and they look wonderful..

smilemonsters said...

Turned out great.

Jo :)

sassyglassdesigns said...

They look so nice; very professional looking.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I too have been making my own hang tags and labels for the back of my albums. Like you said...a little more work, but well worth it :)

bananaicecream said...

Great artical and I love that braclet with the matching necklace!

lulidesigns said...

Very professional and clean. The tags look great!

Jenny said...

Lovely! I basically do the same thing!

Jessie Henn said...

I like your hang tags, Mama Mayborne! Simplicity and originality both rolled into one.
@ Audrey: I often do folding hang tags too. It’s the best option for tags that requires a lot of text. =)