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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Metal Gift/Luggage Tags

I have so much to tell and show you, I can hardly contain myself! If you follow me on Twitter (PrettyHandyGirl), you may have seen this photo of the light fixtures I scored from our Habitat ReStore last week! (Yes, I also have a Facebook Fan page.)

I was ecstatic to find another light that I turned into a Pottery Barn inspired lantern. And it is identical to the one I showed you here!

In addition, I finally found a foyer light fixture that I love (after a little spray paint magic). And I also grabbed a three arm chandelier that looked like it could have been in Ballard Design's catalog! This treasure was promptly installed in my girlfriend's mudroom (which I can't wait to show you!) She and I worked for several days on a storage and shoe solution for her narrow hallway. My goal is to get the final pictures of the project to share with you shortly.

In other news, I'm very excited to have been mentioned in November's Family Handyman magazine.
Definitely not me on the front cover.
My son's closet turned reading nook is pictured on page 94. If you don't subscribe to this magazine, it is a great DIY and repair resource. But, if you don't want to subscribe, you can still access most of the tutorials on their website.

Running out of breath here...

Finally, By Your Hands has a Q&A feature post on me today.

Check it out here if you are curious to learn how I got my start at being handy.

Anyway, let's just say I've been a busy Pretty Handy Girl the past two weeks.

One of the reasons I've been busy is because both my sons had birthday parties to attend this week. I decided to make a few special gift tags that would double as luggage tags for the lucky birthday munchkins. They were very easy to make and really looked fab on the gifts.

Without anymore blah, blah, blah, here is the tutorial:

Metal Tag Maker Rims (bought at Michael's)
Scrapbook paper (cardstock weight)
Mod Podge
Wax Paper (did you know you can use your recycled cereal bags for this?)
Paint brush
Paper cutter or Scissors
Decorative scissors (optional)
Regular pliers - I used glass nibbling or grozing pliers but any kind should work (DO NOT BUY the special tag crimper tool that the store wants to sell you for $25!)

1. Measure your metal tags (the set I bought came with a template).

2. Print out your gift recipient's name on cardstock paper. Skip a few lines and print out their address and phone number on the same sheet. (In fact, I ganged up several names including my son's so I could make many tags at once.) Be sure the names and addresses will fit inside your tag dimensions.

3. Using the tag template, cut two coordinating papers for the background of your tags.

4. Trim the name and addresses smaller than your tag dimensions. (I used deckled edge scissors.)

5. Line up all your cut paper and supplies on top of wax paper (cereal bag). Poor a small amount of Mod Podge into a bowl and dip your brush in it.

6. Coat the back side of one of your coordinating background papers. Place the other sheet of decorative background paper on top of the first one (backs together.)

7. Next coat the back of the name sheet with Modge Podge and adhere it to one side of the background label. Be careful to leave space for your hole punch on one end. Brush Mod Podge over the top of the name and the background paper to seal it.

8. After the front side has dried, flip it over and repeat step 7 for your address label. It is very important that you position your address on the same edge of the tag as the name on the opposite side. Otherwise you will end up punching a hole through one or the other.

9. Once the tag has dried, use your template to trim the corners off your tag and punch a hole through the middle.

10. Gently insert your tag into a metal tag frame (some trimming may be necessary). When you tag fits snuggly inside the frame, pull out your pliers and start squeezing around the edge of the metal frame. Work your way all the way around.

11. Thread your ribbon through the hole and tie it to your gift! Your tag can be re-used on a lunch bag, backpack or luggage!

I also cut an extra piece of scrapbook paper the same size as the metal tag;
put my son's name on it;
and threaded it on with the gift tag
so the birthday child would know who gave the gift.

Who wouldn't want one of these cute tags on their lunch bag?

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At October 21, 2010 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Oh me oh my! You are one lucky girl getting into a man's magazine! LOL Congratulations, I think that is so darn neat! I am excited for you. I am sure you can teach a man or two a couple of handy things! Thanks for representing us women, it makes me proud.

At October 21, 2010 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

How exciting that you got into that magazine! That is just so cool! And equally great that you had the feature too. You have much to be happy about. Love the cute little tags. They make a great addition to a gift.

At October 21, 2010 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Green Willow Pond said...

Wow! Congratulations on the magazine feature. That must be so exciting! Good job girl!

At October 21, 2010 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

I can't wait to see your mention in the Family Handiman. That is so cool! Online yet?

At October 22, 2010 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

AAAAHH! Brittany! I actually came over here to tell you I saw you in the Family Handyman Magazine! :) WAY TO GO GIRL!! We get the magazine for our family plumbing business because my dad edits the plumbing articles (and their based out of Minneapolis) -- so I was TOO excited to see your nook!!

At October 22, 2010 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Tashia said...

I just saw your link this morning!! And then I read your comment and had to laugh! Great minds do think alike!! Yours are cool too!

Tashia @

At October 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Alyssa said...

You've been busy! Congratulations on the feature in the Family Handyman mag. Sounds like a winner!

At October 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM , Blogger BizCrafter said...

Wow! congratulations to you, great job getting featured in the magazine, love your tags as well, I make my own from cardboard. gotta love handmade tags!

At October 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Infarrantly Creative said...

Hey girl. I was just flipping through my Family Handyman and recognized your closet niche from the CSI Project. So I had to come by and tell you, "CONGRATULATIONS!" I love it when I see bloggers I recognize in the press. You go girl!

At October 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Janet said...

Congratulations on the feature in Family Handyman! I had a project published in October's's so excititng! Family Handyman is definitely my favorite magazine! Love your blog!!!

At October 25, 2010 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Debbie said...

What a creative idea...I love it, so personal, and cute! Congrats on the feature, I so understand why:)!

At October 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM , Blogger said...

That is so exciting! And these tags are so cool! Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

At October 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The product is MOD PODGE not Modge Podge. Not Modge. Mod. M. O. D. MOD.

Look at the photo - it says Mod on the label.

At October 27, 2010 at 8:55 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

Oops. You are sooo right! I guess I never stopped to read it. Thanks for clarifying.


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