Monday, July 12, 2010

Vintage Tags

When I was dreaming up Happy Vee's Funny Lil' Man Party, I wanted to incorporate a simple, vintage feel... while also being realistic--  As much as I love the idea of fresh lemonade being served in mason jars, I don't think that anything glass would bode well with the 2-4 year old crowd.  Lately I've been seeing  kids parties with color-coordinated drinks being served in glass jars and bottles... Maybe they're meant for the adults, but I'm thinking those colorful & breakable lovelies would surely fall into the hands of a child (they always seem to know what the good stuff is!)   I don't know about you, but just the thought of young children running around with glass gives me anxiety!

So instead of glass, I turned to paper and fabric.  A few months ago I saw these awesome manila tags on Creature Comforts blog. I saved the idea knowing that it would come in handy some day.

side note:   if you haven't already, you need to check out her blog ... she has some great project ideas as well as some beautiful printables that are free! 

Here's how my tags turned out~

I didn't need that many, so I printed out the manila tag template that is provided on the Creature Comforts site. Ready made manila tags  are also available at office supply stores or you could also cut out your own tags using a spare manila file folder and paper hole reinforcements (remember those from back in the day?)

I used fabric scraps leftover from this year's Easter Basket project and with a quick swipe with the pinking shears and a little modge podge, the tags were almost complete.

The coup de grace was this typewriter font that I found for free.  I printed it out on white cardstock, cut it out and glued it onto the tag with modge podge.  I think the font looks pretty authentic!

I finished off the project by tying on the tags with bakers twine.  Seriously love bakers twine... this is what happens when you're easily swayed by all the lovelies that blogland has to offer!

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