Keeping Traditions {by making Christmas tags}

Each year we take an afternoon to make homemade Christmas tags.


We stamp cream cardstock with permanent ink, and then color them with watercolor or Prismacolors. Then we mount them on colorful cardstock. Here are some photos:

Looks like an explosion of paper snippets!

We also made a few seaonal displays.

A dear friend sent me little bundle of rosehips in the mail as a thank you for sending her cranberries. I put them by my kitchen sink where I can see them, in front of this old Johnson Brothers platter that I found recently at a thrift shop! I also added an old canning jar filled water, snips of boxwood, cranberries and a floating candle. I spend a lot of time at my kitchen sink, so I want it to be a pretty area.

Love these in old canning jars. Just the right size for a window sill.

Same thing, larger scale. Easy and inexpensive. The cranberries keep the boxwood and candles in place. You could also make varying sizes and group them for a holiday centerpiece.

And here are my plans for today:

Have a great weekend!


  1. corapost says:

    Beautiful! My best friend and I were just talking about making cards for the holidays.

  2. Oh, these are just beautiful!! My two little girls would LOVE to do this!

    I never have liked the cheap Christmas gift tags, and I don’t like spending the extra money on the really pretty ones (and I never make it to store in time to buy them 75% off AFTER Christmas).

    Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • SJBeals says:

      You can print black and white images to get the same look if you don’t have a large stamp collection or if you just want something new. They are a fun afternoon activity and quite frugal as well. :)

  3. Auntie B says:

    Beautiful Tags. You’re creating lasting Holiday Memories for your girls. Rebekah may not be there, but she will always be filled with those beautiful memories of home, especially at Christmastime.
    Good Job Sarah…

  4. Hallie Lord says:

    I love that canning jar stuffed with Christmas goodness! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. JaniceM says:

    What an absolutely wonderful holiday tradition you have going! My sisters/mother, and now neices all have a bake day together every Dec and it means so much to all of us.