Put your Cricut to work for you writing and cutting your gift tags! This tutorial walks you through the entire gift tag making process, including free gift tag templates and a free penwriting font!
Let’s make gift tags! Actually, what we’re doing is getting our CRICUTS to write and cut the gift tags FOR US! That’s right! It’s a brilliant idea, and it’s not mine — it came from YOU, my wonderful crafty friends. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself. I mean, our Cricuts can write and they can cut, so they are the perfect gift tag making machine.
Now last year I made some really fun tear-away reveal gift tags — they have strips on the front covering the recipient’s name a secret until it’s time to open gifts and rip off the strip. It turned out to be hugely popular last Christmas and many families made these tags. They tell me it was fun to keep the names secret!
I’m going to show you how to you can use the Cricut to write the hidden name inside the tear-away gift tag! And I also made a dozen new gift tag templates so you can make more traditional gift tags.
So while the Cricut can write with its pens, you have to be careful with which fonts you pick or you get the dreaded bubble letters. When you see this, that means the Cricut basically drew the outline of the letters.
But what we want is to have it write and actually look like real handwriting … or at least that’s what I want! But there are only two free writing fonts in Design Space, and honestly, neither one looks like handwriting.
SO, I made us a font of my OWN handwriting. It’s created specifically for the Cricut pen so it looks like someone actually wrote it. And yes, I have neat (enough) handwriting! I called my new font “Maker Penwriting” and it’s free for you to use for all of your Cricut pen writing needs! You’ll find the Maker Penwriting font and my free gift tag files on my blog at JenniferMaker.com.
Other than that, all you need is some pretty paper — I like this foil posterboard and holiday paper packs — and a Cricut pen (I recommend the 0.4 or 0.5 tip pens, but you can use the thicker calligraphy pens so long as you make your type large enough.
So let’s head on over to Cricut Design Space so I can show you how to set up your gift tags and put your Cricut to work!
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Key concepts taught in the video tutorial include how to select fonts, how to attach, how to move elements on the mat preview, how to assemble gift tags, and how to make your own handwriting font.
See exactly how to make gift tags on your Cricut in this step-by-step video below:
It’s time to put your Cricut to work making gift tags! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
To learn more about how to create the text for your gift tags, attach it to the tag, and cut and assemble them, watch the video linked above!
Get my free SVG cut files and my Penwriting Font for the Cricut Gift Tags
I love that my Cricut can make gift tags for me, because every year I seem to run out. Now I’ll never run out of the ability to make cute gift tags so long as I have paper, a pen, and a working Cricut!
And I gotta say—watching the Cricut write out my gift tags in my OWN HANDWRITING was almost freaky. It mean, it totally looks like I wrote it. It’s uncanny. But hey, I didn’t have to write them!
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Jennifer Marx is a designer, an enthusiastic crafter, a lifelong teacher, and a proud overcomer of a variety of life's challenges. In her spare time she loves to play D&D and video games, garden, sew 16th c. costumes, and go to Disney. She lives a full, happy life in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan with her partner Greg, her teen daughter Alexa, and their two dogs, Hunter and Chloe.