Buffalo Check Wrapping Theme with Free Printable Reindeer Gift Tags
Buffalo Check Gift Wrapping Theme
Free Buffalo Check Reindeer Gift Tags to Print
Your Christmas tree has a theme, your wrapping should too. Nothing distracts from a beautifully designed tree like a bunch of mismatched packaged crowded underneath. While it’s not always practical or possible to color coordinate your gift wrap with your tree, doing so will give your room the designer look it may be missing. Read on for suggestions on how to create a cohesive wrapping theme, as well as everything you need for a buffalo check wrapping theme.
STEP 1: PICK A THEME OR COLOR
Some trees have an obvious theme (toy soldiers, snowmen, woodland animals, etc.), others are more about color (blush, red & white, blue, buffalo check), but either way you’re going to focus on color. If your tree doesn’t have an immediately recognizable color theme, step back and look at it as a whole. What colors stand out? If you were to choose wrapping in those colors, would it help make the tree look beautiful from top to bottom? Or, Is there a color that stands out too much? Would the tree look better if you picked a complementary color of wrapping paper to anchor the bottom of the tree? By taking a few minutes to ask these questions, you should be able to determine the best color of wrapping for your tree. Your Christmas tree has a theme, your wrapping should too! Click To Tweet
STEP 2: PURCHASE SEVERAL ROLLS OF WRAPPING PAPER IN YOUR COLORS
I discard or donate my leftover wrapping paper at the end of the season. It will just get beat up if I try to store it for 9 months, so it gives me a great excuse to purchase new wrapping paper each year to coordinate with my tree. I’ve found that I can get wrapping paper at Black Friday sales for the same price as after Christmas sales–and I have a much better selection. So that’s when I buy. Generally, I purchase 3-4 standard size rolls, 2 extra tall rolls, and I pick up a roll or two of neutral colored paper (this year it was black craft paper.) If they have coordinating gift tags, then I will pick those up at the same time as the rolls of paper–but I often make my own tags–and I’ll show you my trick for that in a minute. One last note: It’s super tempting to buy plain colored wrapping paper, but then you have to shell out the money for printed wire-edged ribbon, or picks and other embellishments to keep your package from looking plain. If you’re on a budget, your best bet it so buy printed wrapping paper that only needs a simple tag to look finished.
STEP 3: MAKE COORDINATING TAGS
Last year I forgot to hide the prior-year tags and my kids slapped mismatched tags onto my beautiful wrapping paper. You have to make it easy for everyone to stick to the theme by having a stack of coordinating gift tags on hand. I make mine using the Cricut die cut machine. Thanks to my membership to Cricut Access, I have a huge variety of cut files to choose from. In this case, I picked animal shapes–specifically a bear, moose, and reindeer as well as a snowman and Christmas tree. The files I chose had more than one layer, but I wanted simple silhouette. To create a silhouettes tag, simply click the image on your design space canvas and choose “weld” from the menu on the right. This will change a multi-layer image into a single layer image. Once I had “welded” each of my images, I used the color sync menu to make all the images one color (this year it’s black.) I cut several sheets of tags.
Since my kids get the bulk of the presents from me and Kevin, I decided to let the Cricut write out a few gift tags for me. To do this, choose the text tool and then pick a font from the drop-down menu that you like. I always filter the fonts for “writing” fonts when using the pen function. Center your text on the image and then drag your mouse over the image, creating a box around it. From the left side menu, choose “attach.” This will attach the text to the image so that the Cricut will write the text directly on your tag before cutting it out. Slick, isn’t it?Love a freebie? Download the Reindeer Buffalo Check Gift Tags Click To Tweet
STEP 4: OR PRINT COORDINATING TAGS
If you haven’t invested in a Cricut cutter yet, then you can print coordinating gift tags instead. I use Microsoft Word for my tags by importing images from my computer, and arranging them on the page to create 4-6 tags per page. Then I print them on cardstock and cut them with scissors.
If you like the “Open Christmas Eve” reindeer tags, you can download them for FREE by subscribing to our freebie library. We have a tradition of opening PJ’s on Christmas Eve, so I like tags that make it easy to find them. I included FREE reindeer tags that say Open Christmas, in case you want the cute buffalo check reindeer tags for Christmas too.
We also offer cute blue & black Christmas tree gift tags free to print. See them by checking out our Dark & White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and our amazing “North Pole” collection of woodland gift tags are available in our shop as part of the North Pole Hot Cocoa Bar premium printable set. Even if you don’t need the tags, you should check out the Hot Cocoa Bar because it’s really pretty.
Custom Labels.net asked me to share these cute free printable labels with you. Just so you know, this isn’t a sponsored post and I haven’t worked with Custom Labels.net, but I love providing you with as many cool free resources as possible–and I’m happy to share. So, if you want more free tags, click the picture below to be linked to Custom Labels.net.