Create unique 3D letter gift tags for the holidays with your Cricut cutting machine! A fun gift tag that can be repurposed later as an ornament!
It’s the eleventh day of “12 Days of Holiday Crafts” and today I’m sharing a tutorial for making 3D letter gift tags to add to your presents. One of my favorite parts of wrapping gifts is adding the gift tag. They are an important part of any gift, especially at Christmas when lots of gifts get mixed together. I love making fun and creative tags and, when possible, I love to make gift tags that can be repurposed!
These 3D letters fit the bill perfectly. They look amazing on gift bags and boxes and are somewhat unexpected – which I love. The letters can be reused as gift tags or they make great ornaments. They can be used as decor in an office or child’s room and our kids have even hung them on their bedroom door handles!
The 3D letter gift tags are made using files found in Cricut Design Space. One important thing to note is at the time of writing this post, the letter files are not part of Cricut Access so the file for each letter needs to be purchased. Once you own the letter cut file, you can make all sorts of fun things! I purchased a bunch of letters to make gift tags this year and have some fun ideas of ways to use the files again.
Choosing Paper for the 3D Gift Tags
These letter tags can be made with colored cardstock or thick scrapbook paper. They are made using two papers. The first is used to create the 3D letter. The second is used for the smaller letters that are applied to the front and back of the 3D letter.
I did several tests for these letters and found it was helpful to use a solid colored cardstock, or paper with a small print, for the 3D part. Bigger prints made it harder for the small letters to stand out.
Below is the tutorial! I hope you enjoy making these! They will be a fun addition to any gift this season!
How to Make a 3D Letter Gift Tag
- Letter cut files – available in Cricut Design Space
- Thick cardstock – two colors. These letters work best using a solid cardstock for the main letter. The top layer can be patterned or solid.
- Double-sided tape – I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape
- Hole punch
- Ribbon, twine, or string
Cutting the 3D Letter Gift Tags
View my Cricut Design Space File or in Cricut Design Space, search 3D letters, and choose a letter to make.
You can resize the letters before cutting. I chose to leave mine the size they were so the finished letters measured 5″ tall. Change the colors to the match the paper you are using and then cut the pieces out. Don’t forget to insert your scoring tool!
Assembling the 3D Letter Gift Tags
Start by adhering the small letters to the big letters using glue or double-sided tape.
Next, add the side pieces that will make the letter 3D. I found it easiest to apply double-sided tape to all of the tabs on the pieces first. I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
Next, attach all of the side pieces to the back of one of the letters. It was easiest to start with the shorter sides of the letter and any inside pieces first. The first time I put together the letter A, I waited until the end to add the inner cutout and it was really tricky to get it in after adding the sides.
Add Hanging Ribbon
Before adding the second letter to complete the 3D shape, add a hanging loop. Use a hole punch to punch holes in the top of the 3D letter, then add a loop with string, yarn, twine or ribbon. Tie knots on the ends to prevent the loop from pulling through the holes. I used an 1/8″ hole punch. Depending on the letter, you may need one hole or two at the top.
Add the Top of the Gift Tag
Once the hanging loop has been added, it is time to complete the 3D letter. Carefully apply the second letter, lining it up with the side pieces. This was the trickiest part! I was using Scor-tape, which is permanent, so it was difficult to reposition the paper once it was attached. I peeled off the paper backing of the tape in sections so I could make sure the sides were lining up.
The letter is finished! After you do one letter, the rest all come together the same way, even though the shapes may be different. They are fun to make and a great reason to use beautiful paper!
- Looking for more fun gift wrap ideas? Check out these fun ideas!