The other day, I found a bunch of leftover leather straps in my craft closet, from old DIY projects (leather handle tote bag DIY + leather wrapped art frames). So, I pulled them out to reuse for another holiday gift wrap idea and am sharing the quick tutorial today.
These stamped nameplate gift tags are great for any gifts you might be giving during the holidays. And depending on the gift wrap you use, they can be a completely unisex gift tag option too. I’m definitely adding leather straps to all of the guy gifts I’m giving this year.
To make your own, you’ll need the following…
– leather straps (you can find them on Amazon here and here)
– metal letter stamp set
– stamping hammer (you can use a regular hammer too, but a stamping hammer is easier to manage)
– 4×4 inch steel block (optional)
– hot glue gun
1. Wrap your gifts in gift wrap, like you normally would. Then. cut a piece of leather that perfectly wraps around your present. You want the leather to meet in the back without overlapping.
2. Next, arrange your stamps in the order that they’ll be stamped for your message. Place the first letter straight up and down onto the leather strap and strike the hammer down onto the top of the stamp handle.
3. Remove that letter and start the process again with the next letter. Continue this until your message, note, or name plate is complete.
4. Then run a bead of glue all the way across the backside of the leather strip and attach to your wrapped gift. Press down to get the leather strap to adhere. Once you’ve given it a minute to dry, you’re done. And in case you’re wondering if the hot glue makes it more difficult to unwrap the gift, it doesn’t. You can pop it right off and unwrap the gift as normal.
Take it further… To create Christmas cracker gifts, use a mailing tube instead of a regular gift box. Then wrap it in gift wrap with 4-5 inches of excess paper on each side of the tube. Then, tie off the sides with string. Once that’s done, you can add a stamped leather name plate with some hot glue and you’re good to go.
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Craft production assisted by Amelia Tatnall
So, who’s up for some leather stamped gift wrap? Curious to know what you think of this project. And for even more DIY holiday wrapping ideas, head over here.