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  How to Make Grubby Hang Tags

Making your own grubby hang tags are a fun way to create whimsical yet add a personal touch to any gift.  It adds that special touch that says, "I care". These are also enjoyable to make at the same time.

Here’s how to make them.  Take some cardstock, white, off white or any color you wish.  Make some strong tea or coffee and let it cool to room temperature.  Cut or tear your cardstock in the shape and size you want.  Decide before hand if you plan to use a printer to print on it afterwards, or if you’ll be drawing by hand.  You can also use the scrapbooking decorative scissors to make certain shaped edges it you’d like.  You’ll also want to decide if it’ll be a single side, double sided, or folded hang tag.

After you have determined the size and shape of the hang tag, take a paintbrush and lightly paint the coffee or tea on the first side of the paper.  Set it on waxed paper and allow it to dry (make take overnight).  Once dry, turn over the other side and repeat.  Another method that can be used is to paint the coffee or tea only on the outer edges of the cardstock area, or in a particular pattern.

Once the cardstock is dried on both sides you’re ready to begin the rest of the grubby hang tag.  If you’re using a printer, simply print the picture you desire on the card.  If doing this by hand, extra fine tip black Sharpie markers work great for primitive look hang tags.  One thing nice about the prim look is that it’s difficult to mess up.  Start with the wording on the hang tag that you want.  It’s advisable to work on what you want to say while your cardstock is drying.  Do a practice run first on a similar sized scrap paper to get a better feel of the size and spacing of the wording.  A quick way to make your writing look primitive is by adding a small dot at each ending and beginning point of each letter.

If your grubby hang tag is too plain by now you can either hand draw some type of border around the outside of the wording, or a small drawing of a country item somewhere on the primitive hang tag.  Some items that are popular are bows, ivy, plants in a planter, a farm animal, a country jar, a star, snowmen, mittens, garden tools etc.  Again, a rustic primitive look is very forgiving, even for the person who can’t necessarily draw otherwise. 

Use a hole punch to punch a small hole in the corner and either jute string or raffia or some other type of primitive material to tie a knot to attach to the gift.  These are really cute on gifts in a jar as well.  Experiment with the look and have fun! 

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