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Holiday How-To: Creating Labels and Hang-Tags handmade and vintage goods

So, dear seller,  you’ve just figured out how to wrap that 300 lb, giraffe-shaped menorah it took you 4 days to carve.  Why not let your buyer know where it came from?  Michelle from Etsy Labs gives you some creative techniques for labeling your loot in our third edition of the Holiday How-To series.  Check out everyday materials you can use to make hang-tags and easy ways to put a little bling on your labels.

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  • EtsyStore Admin

    EtsyStore says:

    yay! Hangtags rule when branding your shop and adding special touches! Mary

    7 years ago

  • peachpops

    peachpops says:

    I really like the embroidered sizes on the clothing. The tags are awesome! Thank-you for another great video of tips. :-) It's like Etsy-TV!

    7 years ago

  • mizusugi

    mizusugi says:

    Great wonderful ideas! Thank you!

    7 years ago

  • tinypenguinpants

    tinypenguinpants says:

    I really enjoyed the helps videos. Just starting out, I don't feel so all alone.

    7 years ago

  • gentlywornwithlove

    gentlywornwithlove says:

    This video was very helpful for me. Thanks!

    7 years ago

  • SweetPollyRose

    SweetPollyRose says:

    These videos were really helpful and have given me lots of ideas. I love the embroidered labels, I'll definitely be trying that myself when I start selling clothes. I also really like the recycling idea, but I think I'm going to have to use some attractive recycled paper (possibly homemade) with maybe some lace decoration, as library slips and metro cards don't really fit with my burlesque/1950s/kitsch themed shop!

    7 years ago

  • simplyserra

    simplyserra says:

    these are awesome videos ladies! and definitely very creative and helpful. Im getting excited about revamping my etsy stuff just from watching your vids, thanks!

    7 years ago

  • glassredefined

    glassredefined says:

    Loved the video...time to get to work! Think Think Think Thanks for the inspiration:)

    6 years ago

  • Cajajewelry

    Cajajewelry says:

    this idea has been on my mind so this story is perfict. thanks etsy!

    6 years ago

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo says:

    Fab tags and tips!

    6 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Great info! Thanks again

    6 years ago

  • mykonos

    mykonos says:

    oh, the tags are wonderful!!

    6 years ago

  • ThEfReNcHtOuCh

    ThEfReNcHtOuCh says:

    wow!!! merci!

    6 years ago

  • rikrak

    rikrak says:

    oh superdooper, michelle! always so many great ideas! thanks!

    6 years ago

  • bubblegirlknits

    bubblegirlknits says:

    Great ideas Michelle! I use stickers printed with my shop name to seal tissue paper instead of that idea from you Michelle. Nice to see your bloomers close up too!

    6 years ago

  • fatamerican

    fatamerican says:

    thanks for teh tips! There are a couple shops in town that sell local handmade stuff and the handmade tags do draw the eye, especially when the packaging and display are really cool. ...2 more minutes of preparation really makes the difference, I think.

    6 years ago

  • tinygreenapples

    tinygreenapples says:

    Great Ideas!! Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • thefunkyfelter

    thefunkyfelter says:

    Since I'm watching the video at work with no sound, I'm not sure if this was mentioned, but there are federal label laws for items made of wool and other natural fibers. It is required for all commercial and even handmade clothing and accessories. Here's an article about labeling with a tutorial and a lot of resource links: I make my own labels and hang tags. Recently, I decided to buy some custom stamps with my company info and logo on them. I now use them to make nifty little crafty hang tags on various scrapbook paper. I also use the stamps and fabric compatible ink to make clothing and accessory labels out of ribbon. It works really well so far and is much less expensive than buying woven labels which aren't in my budget at the moment. Thanks so much for the video! I need to watch it with the sound once I get home ;)

    6 years ago

  • thegraphicmime

    thegraphicmime says:

    Something so small and simple can make a big impact, I've been wanting to sell more items that require shipping, and this is a good way to prepare a head of time and have them ready for use. Thanks, Denise Roberts thegraphicmime

    6 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    I love the size tags, great tips! (-:

    6 years ago

  • kachingdesign

    kachingdesign says:

    Great ideas! Thank you.

    6 years ago

  • cloud9designstudio
  • lanedesigns

    lanedesigns says:

    I love hand-tags..... thanks for sharing the video.

    6 years ago

  • mamafamilias

    mamafamilias says:

    I just finished a batch of hang-tags before I found this. Now I need to go back and add all the info required by law for my hats. I had no idea. thanks

    6 years ago

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink says:

    great article. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • AwesomePets

    AwesomePets says:

    Love the ideas. Will have to get to work. Thanks a bunch.

    6 years ago

  • LaChillona

    LaChillona says:

    I really loved this video. It was very helpful. I appreciate all the help videos. keep them coming.

    6 years ago

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl says:

    perfect! this is exactly what i needed. now i know what to do with all those vintage decks of cards i have been collecting! thanks!!!!

    6 years ago

  • flyingrhymes

    flyingrhymes says:

    I love these tutorials! Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • Pattibear

    Pattibear says:

    Great video, I was looking for a way to put sizes in my sweaters. What a nice look. Patti

    6 years ago

  • claynfaye

    claynfaye says:

    Thanks for the great video, love your ideas.

    6 years ago

  • 3GIRLSandagoat

    3GIRLSandagoat says:

    good stuff and thanks for including my gift hang tags in the line up above

    6 years ago

  • underthewire

    underthewire says:

    Great suggestions. I've just been figuring out designs for some hang tags so good timing too.

    6 years ago

  • GoatsDesigns

    GoatsDesigns says:


    6 years ago

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT says:

    Great video! I'm looking at all my scraps of paper and fabric around the house in a whole different light!

    6 years ago

  • PacificParadiseSoap

    PacificParadiseSoap says:

    Thanks for the video, now I'm all ready for the holidays!

    6 years ago

  • Studio618

    Studio618 says:

    Those handmade tags definitely add special touches. Great ideas.

    6 years ago

  • michellekeller

    michellekeller says:

    This was SO helpful! I am still looking forward to my first sale and this really helped me to know what to do to promote great customer service when the sales start rolling in ;)

    6 years ago

  • ArtByShameka

    ArtByShameka says:

    I knew all that ribbon from past Christmas and birthday gifts would come in handy some day! Cute AND environmentally friendly!

    6 years ago

  • Robyn

    Robyn says:

    Great help, as a new Etsy seller I will take some top tips, particularly with my photographs.

    6 years ago

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa says:

    Great ideas. It's so important to appreciate and refer to other artists' works. The other thing I found helpful was running a tutorial or how to articles in my blog. That is when I found most traffic in my blog spot.

    6 years ago

  • TresCouture

    TresCouture says:

    thanks! I love the idea of using simple embroidery for the size label! I was like "DUH!" lol It makes perfect sense and it is so much more reasonable then buying size labels!

    6 years ago

  • carlasboutique

    carlasboutique says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for the variation of thinkig outside the box!!

    6 years ago

  • DixieCreations

    DixieCreations says:

    Great Ideas! I am just now learning more about finding things through Etsy.

    6 years ago

  • wildwoolfarm

    wildwoolfarm says:

    So cute-Great idea

    6 years ago

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx says:

    Thanks for the interesting ideas!

    6 years ago

  • luxe

    luxe says:

    i personally love to use those paint chip samples. i use a circle die cutter and then punch a little hole and hang it to the item with pretty yarn. so cute. and freeeeeee!

    6 years ago

  • TheThinVeil

    TheThinVeil says:

    Great ideas :)

    6 years ago

  • BubbleyBoutique

    BubbleyBoutique says:

    Helpful hints from not only you, but thank you girls for the helpful tidbits when commenting!Luxe I will save the swatch samples for my tags at home depot! Great idea!I will join robin with photos too!I add a touch of sparkle to my tags with glitter.I just need to add them to my store! I can't wait to ship with ready made tags!

    6 years ago

  • krize

    krize says:

    great video, thanks! :)

    6 years ago

  • lololyta

    lololyta says:

    Loved the video!!! great ideas thank you

    6 years ago

  • mariaburgos

    mariaburgos says:

    Very creative, thank you!

    6 years ago

  • jewelscurnow

    jewelscurnow says:

    We make our own tags and they are a by-product of our ring display stands. They are also reusable and they match our displys as well!

    6 years ago

  • LivaRutmane

    LivaRutmane says:

    thank you! wonderful ideas here

    6 years ago

  • brh123

    brh123 says:

    Very useful video. Now I am flooded with ideas tor hang tags.

    6 years ago

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels says:

    Great ideas, thanks.

    6 years ago

  • emaleighscupboard

    emaleighscupboard says:

    Loved the ribbon size tags. Great idea.

    6 years ago

  • Oceanpeg

    Oceanpeg says:

    HOME-MADE FABRIC LABELS: I make fabric labels by using ready made fabric sheets, 8 1/2 X 11 inch size, and a label program and an ink jet printer. I design them in a label program such as Avery Label Pro, or the like, and print the labels out on the fabric sheets instead of printing the labels on the ready made Avery (or the like) sheets of paper for address address labels, like 30 on a page. These are best for craft items that don't go in the washing machine that often. One can even make up some with garment info, such as size, washing instructions, etc. to clothing. Ink jet printers are mostly used with the fabric labels. I also let the labels set for about a week before using them and make up a sheet of 30 at a time. Cold water wash for the labels and no bleech to be used on the labels so the ink doesn't fade on the labels.

    6 years ago

  • BlondiesVintage

    BlondiesVintage says:

    Cute ideas!

    5 years ago

  • worksandfinds
  • canddezigns

    canddezigns says:

    The ideas are great!! this is so exciting!

    5 years ago

  • Tina669

    Tina669 says:

    Great wonderful ideas! Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • mammysshop

    mammysshop says:

    Thanks for the cute ideas!

    5 years ago

  • Dementions

    Dementions says:

    More home-made fabric labels: I use a similar method to Oceanpeg's, but I print my logos and size labels on inkjet transfer paper, cut them out and iron them on to single-fold bias tape. These are more likely to survive going through the wash. I've found that color printing set on white looks best for what I want, but black printing set on a color looks pretty spiffy as well. Thanks for the great ideas for hang-tags! I especially appreciate the link to the requirements for labels.

    5 years ago

  • HeatherJaneDesign

    HeatherJaneDesign says:

    I am working on my tags now! I used a CriCut to cut a tag shape. I am going to stamp "thank you" and my logo with my web address and email on it too. I thought I could also use the hang tags for craft shows and stamp the price on the back!

    5 years ago

  • SuppliesHandcrafted

    SuppliesHandcrafted says:

    What wonderful tips! So great to have them organized by you!

    5 years ago

  • LABELit

    LABELit says:

    I actually make labels and tags that can be customized - so please check out my NEW shop!

    5 years ago

  • CraftStylist

    CraftStylist says:

    I love the idea for the ribbon size tags! I will definitely be using that.

    5 years ago

  • AurelieLeChat

    AurelieLeChat says:

    oh my God! this is giving me so many ideas.....

    5 years ago

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling says:

    GREAT ideas!!! I never thought of using some of those things to make hang tags. THANKS!!!

    5 years ago

  • desertdreamstudios

    desertdreamstudios says:

    Thank you...these are terrific ideas!!

    5 years ago

  • AsspocketProductions

    AsspocketProductions says:

    No mention of rubber stamping your hang tags? Disappointing! You can get a custom rubber stamp from my shop for under $15 that has all of your info on it and you can use it for tags, packages, receipts, DIY biz cards, the list goes on. Recycling and DIY never felt so easy or so low tech! Thanks! Stacey

    5 years ago

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata says:

    Very nice and creative! :) Thanks!!!

    5 years ago


    LANCERIKA says:

    AwEsOme tips! Tante grazie Etsy!

    5 years ago

  • littlemuffinbottoms

    littlemuffinbottoms says:

    Thanks so much for the helpful videos! You guys are awesome!

    5 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    thank you!

    5 years ago

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft says:

    Fantastic ideas, I love the hand tags for the clothe

    5 years ago

  • MarysRosaryGarden

    MarysRosaryGarden says:

    thank so much for the great tips. any help is welcome

    5 years ago

  • donnascott

    donnascott says:

    very nice great ideas and boy do i have all the items! I save most anything.

    5 years ago

  • mildajlingerie

    mildajlingerie says:

    Thank you for great ideas :D

    4 years ago

  • sweetaccessories

    sweetaccessories says:

    Since I haven't sell anything yet I'm thinking about how my product should look like, when a costumer gets one. And that's why this video gave me lot of new ideas. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • bubicha

    bubicha says:

    Thank you for great ideas!

    4 years ago

  • heartygift

    heartygift says:

    awesome info! thank you much for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides says:

    Great idea!

    4 years ago

  • Lilsugarskulls

    Lilsugarskulls says:

    thank u so much! this help so much....very creative.

    3 years ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    tomsgrossmami says:

    thank you for the great ideas!

    3 years ago

  • holidayhijinks

    holidayhijinks says:

    Wow......great ideas. I never even gave it a thought but it's great to know now.

    3 years ago

  • chaoticlucidity

    chaoticlucidity says:

    Those are really cute ideas! I really wish I had enough time to embroider tags that is amazing!!!

    3 years ago

  • DistinctlyDaisy

    DistinctlyDaisy says:

    Great, but the clothing tags aren't compliant with CPSCIA regulations. You can't just hang a paper tag on clothing items. It has to be washable and permanently attached with all of the required material, care, location information. You should have AT LEAST mentioned that.

    3 years ago

  • DistinctlyDaisy

    DistinctlyDaisy says:

    Oh, my mistake. This was made in 2008.

    3 years ago

  • pinkminxdesigns

    Christie Bunny from pinkminxdesigns says:

    i always include more than one business card in my package so in case the customer gets complimented when they're wearing one of my products, they can give my card out to friends and such!

    2 years ago

  • annetteewert

    Annette Ewert from thebloomingcornercom says:

    great ideas on cute tags to use! love it! thanks for the helpful tips!

    2 years ago

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox says:

    I Love the idea of using a craft punch to make the holes on hang tags. Thanks.

    2 years ago

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  • HandcraftedTherapies

    Valerie Jaquith from COLORADOREALSOAP says:

    Hi there! I This is so cool! I do have a question tho. I need an affordable and quick method for printing my labels. Currently I use avery labels and print them on my ink jet printer. I was consider a label printer (black and white) can anyone recommend one for me please? Thanks!

    16 days ago