Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Do you ever do this?

I was at JoAnns recently and found a great craft punch at a great price.  It was a 1.5 inch circle punch for $6.  But, the last thing I need to do right now is spend money on something that Im only going to use once or twice and then throw  in my craft drawer, never to be seen again.  If I was to buy this craft punch, I would need to come up with at least 2 or 3 things that I could do with it in order to justify the purchase.  Crafty Rule #1-NO UNITASKERS!  Everything worth owning in the Craft World needs to have more than one use.  So, I bought it.  And then came up with a few things to do with it.

I punched out 1 tissue paper circle and 1 card stock circle.  Actually, in an effort to save my card stock, I used a cardboard tube from the center of a roll of wrapping paper and just flattened it.  Then I glued them together and used a small hole punch to put a tiny hole in the top.  Then I added a ribbon.  Instant gift tag.

I got out a few christmas gift bags from last year and did the same thing.  Punched 1 decorative circle and 1 card stock circle.  If your card stock deficient, and you dont have any empty wrapping paper rolls laying around, you can use a cereal box.  Or any thin cardboard type box you have laying around.  Macaroni and cheese, band aids, whatever  You just need a circle for the back that is a plain color so you can write to and from and to add a little more heft to your tag.  You dont have to use the second circle but it does make it more sturdy.

You can even add some stickers or little jems if you want.  Glitter is always nice, too.

You can also fold a piece of paper in half and punch it with some of the fold in the punch and you get a cute little gift card.

You can use the tags as a wine glass marker, too.  Oh, darn.  Now I have this glass of wine here.  I only poured it to use as an example for the picture but now I guess I have to drink it.  Oh the things I will do for the blog!

So, now that my 1 glass of wine has turned into 2, Im sure the rest of this post will be interesting. 

They look pretty cute around a bottle of wine..  Or maybe I just have my wine goggles on. 

They even look cute on the tree as a simple little ornament.  You could also make a garland out of the circles by gluing them on a string or ribbon. 

So, Im pretty sure my mission was a success.  I found more than 1 use for this great little addition to my craft drawer.  AND I had a nice glass (or 2) of wine.  What a great day.


  1. Woah! I haven't seen a circle punch that big before --- I wannnnnt it! I bought one in the shape of a giant gift tag for wedding crafts and I've been obsessed with using it ever since -- mucho uses means it is worth every penny (mine was six bucks too. holler!) love it =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. Love this idea, I think I will have to do this!!!

  3. I'm with you on the unitaskers... {by chance, are you an Alton Brown fan? He uses that term all the term regarding useless kitchen gadgets}

    Thanks for linking up...I really do need a circle punch! I'm too cheap though, waiting for a 50% coupon tomorrow at Michael's...

    Happy Holidays, Tammy

  4. I always do that, avoid buying unitaskers, and/or justify buying new toys by thinking of everything i can do with it...
    I just got done writing a post about wine glass charms when i found this post, and thought it was fate, so i featured your wine glass tags on my post here : http://lofteeideas.blogspot.com/2010/12/super-cheapeasy-wine-glass-charms.html

  5. Now I have to go buy a circle punch so I can do all of these cute things.

  6. I tried to leave a comment on your candy ornament post but the word verification thing was covered up by the Skip to My Lou button. Here is my comment!

    "I love these! And a red and white tree is so chic. This is so creative and you can't beat the price :) Thanks for linking up!"

    This is a great post too!

  7. The wine glass markers are too adorable, so pretty! I love 'em! :)