a handmade Christmas: DIY gift tags

 Have I mentioned before how this is the first time in a long time that my life feels like it has some balance? For a long time Mr. Christopher and I lived constantly on the go and last year was the hardest. Working a full time (teaching) job, volunteering tons of hours for our church, owning an etsy shop and being a wife and mama caused my life to be always on the go. I remember last year at Christmastime having so many ideas for making homemade things and decorating my house in DIY projects but honestly it was a miracle that our tree was even put up last year. Seriously.

Some of you live in that tension now. Maybe it's not tension for you. Maybe you thrive on it. Others of you know exactly what I'm talking about. If that's you today friend, take heart. I'm so sorry. There will be other seasons of ease. Maybe next year. Maybe 10 years. And take rest in the small things.

One of the biggest changes we made was me quitting my job. We realized that the stress and tension and extra money wasn't worth it. It wasn't worth my sanity or our marriage (because things were getting seriously hard). And ultimately we felt the Holy Spirit's approval in that decision. We shifted our budget, got even cheaper than we already were and went for it.

And the Lord has provided so far.

I didn't plan to talk about this today. I had planned to talk about DIY gift tags (and I'll get to that in a second) but sometimes I get to things in weird roundabout fashions. (You can blame my Papa Kurtz for that).

This year because I have more time and because we are having to be more careful with our budget I am sharing some DIY Christmas gift and decor ideas. Today I wanted to share one of the easiest ideas yet, DIY gift tags.

You only need cardstock, baker's twine, washi tape, a paper cutter, hole punch and markers.

I cut these tags into 1.5 by 2.5 inches. Then I squared off the corners, punched a hole, and finally added some baker's twine and washi tape.
I've been channeling the flannel this season because of course.
I also couldn't resist letting The Rose help me out. For her gift tags I did everything the same but I let her draw on the cardstock beforehand.

Check out more handmade Christmas ideas here!

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