Cardboard Gift Tags

The arrival of my husband's new bass amp has provided me with an enormous corrugated box to work with. I've been hooked on embroidery these days – so I couldn't resist using the cardboard to stitch up some gift tags for Valentine's Day.

I cut out a piece of cardboard and pressed a cookie cutter into it to leave an impression that I could work from. You could also trace with a pencil – but I find this is an easier technique to use with kids and there are no pencil marks to erace.

Using a blunt needle, pierce holes into your shape. I spaced mine about 1/4" apart.

Thread your needle with yarn and – using a back stitch – fill in your design.

This is a great way to teach your kids some basic stitches.


  1. mollie  February 3, 2011

    I’m not sure why it took me so long to find you blog, but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the things you’re doing. Lovely!

    • camilla  February 3, 2011

      Mollie – Thanks for commenting – I checked out your site and LOVE it! So glad to have made a connection with you – take care, Camilla

  2. Bonnie@WhatAboutPie  February 4, 2011

    Positively adorable! One of the reasons I love your ideas so much, is that a lot of them are done with things I can find around my house. It would be so fun to make these tags!

  3. Pat  February 5, 2011

    Love it. Especially, excited about the suggestion to pass on the art of sewing to my daughter! Can’t wait to sit down and do this with her.

  4. Molly  February 6, 2011

    Ah! Once again, so clever! I love the embroidery kick you’ve been on. So many fun ideas for Valentine’s Day 🙂 The yarn candles are lovely as well!

    • camilla  February 7, 2011

      Thanks Molly! I hope you are staying warm in your part of the world – we are buried in snow! 🙂 Take Care and thanks for commenting, Camilla

  5. Rachel  February 7, 2011

    Those are soooo pretty! I love the way the pink looks on the cardboard. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  6. elaine  February 8, 2011

    Love these!! and your blog, will be trying this idea out with my boys (hope u don’t mind i have linked to this tutorial from my blog today)


  7. Heather  February 8, 2011

    So simple & pretty! Your technique for making the pattern is clever, too!

  8. craftqueen6  February 8, 2011

    I did something similar about 15 years ago…I had just moved at Christmas time and I had the brilliant idea of cutting up the moving boxes into postcard sized pieces and I used Christmas themed stamps, silver embossing powder and a hair dryer to make my Christmas cards.

  9. Mel M  February 11, 2011

    These are so clever & gorgeous. Your blog is a treasure trove! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. fee@chippernelly  February 14, 2011

    I have well and truly surfed tonight and find myself here – how lovely it is!
    I can’t wait to try these tags – embroidery is my latest skill to learn (gave up on crochet after a mere two hours – how rubbish!)
    I love the picture with the holes in the cardboard – it brought back memories of the card sewing kits I had as a child with all the holes ready made.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas,
    fee x

  11. Jenni  May 15, 2011

    This is a wonderful idea! I love it! TFS!


  12. Sally  October 20, 2012

    I just discovered your blog from Pinterest and have pinned about a dozen of your creative, adorable, doable crafts. You are very talented. Thank you for sharing your talent.