How to Make Kraft Tags from Upcycled Cardboard

It’s all about how to make your own upcycled Kraft Tags using cardboard and paper from your recycling bin. This is a super easy project and it only takes a few supplies.


– Thin Cardboard – Gift Tag Punch – Mod Podge (optional) – Sewing Machine & coloured thread – Stamp – Twine or Ribbon

Step 1: Cut cardboard strips in the correct width for your tag punch

First you need to decide what width you want your product tags or gift tags to be.

Step 2: Punch your tags

Once you have the strips feed the first strip in to the tag punch as far as it will go and push down on the lever.

Step 3: Disguise the text and images on the cardboard

If you have printed cardboard on one side of your tags you’ve got a couple of options.

1. One is to plan ahead and try to strategically cut your strips and tags so that you’re just getting a plain colour on the back rather than any actual text or logos.

2. Decoupage the back side of your tag with thin decorative paper using mod podge. 3. Use a decorative stitch on your sewing machine and a pretty colour to sew them together.

Step 4: Add your logo or message

I used a stamp I bought on Etsy to mark my tags ‘Made with Love’. You could simply handwrite a gift message or a product price if you prefer.