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How to Make Spiritual Thank You Gift Tags

Updated on January 8, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

FreshStart7's Spiritual Thank You Gift Tags
FreshStart7's Spiritual Thank You Gift Tags

Whenever someone says 'THANK YOU!' to me, whether in words, by doing some good deed or by giving me a token/gift of appreciation, I always get a nice warm feeling inside. Don't you?

It is good to be on the receiving end but what about being the 'Thank You' giver? Unfortunately, many people never give a second thought to saying 'Thank You' to others who have helped them in some small or big way.

Even Jesus found this lacking ability to say ‘Thank You’ quite distasteful when he healed ten (10) lepers on his way to Jerusalem and only one (1) of them returned to say ‘Thank You’. Jesus spoke up, “There were ten who were healed; where are the other nine? Why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:11-17)

And as strange as it sounds when we read that story in the Bible, unfortunately maybe only about 1 in every 10 persons remember to say ‘Thank You’ to a stranger, acquaintance, friend, colleague or family member.

Make a promise today to say ‘Thank You’ more often!

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Time required: Approx. 60 minutes (for 16 tags)

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Less than US$10 for material; if you already have the tools.

Materials:

  • 1 Sheet Laid Paper (8 inch x 11 inch)
  • 6 Feet of Curling Ribbon (4 inches per tag)

Tools:

  • 1 One-hole Paper Punch
  • 1 Pair of Scissors
  • 1 Printer (I use the 'Canon Wireless All-In-One Printer' which produces nice vibrant colours as well as clear and sharp prints).
  • 1 Pencil (optional)

Instructions:

1. 'Setting Up and Saving the Page Layout'

a.Open up a blank Word document, to begin designing your tag, by clicking on your Microsoft Word programme. A Word document will appear with a default 'portrait' page layout.

b.Go to File >> New >> Blank document

c.Go to File >> Save as

d.Type in the name you want to save the document as; for example 'Spiritual Thank You Tags'.

e.Click on 'Save' to save the file with your chosen name in a folder of your choice.

2. 'Designing the FRONT of the Spiritual Thank You Gift Tag'

a.To the top and the left hand side of your Microsoft Word document you will see a ruler, which mimics the size of the actual printing paper (8 in. x 11 in.), in order to give you an idea of how your document will look when printed.

b.Use your mouse cursor to adjust the width (up to 8 inches horizontally) and the length (up to 11 inches vertically) of your document.

c.To make a total of 16 tags, as in my example, adjust the width of the document to leave an inch margin on the left, the right, the top and the bottom of the page.

d.Insert your design by clicking on Insert >> Shapes >> Frame. (The cursor will change to a cross).

e.Move that cross-shaped cursor to the body of the page and click. (A 'picture frame' shape will appear on the page).

f.To adjust the design of the shape: Place the cursor on the shape and click on Drawing Tools >>Format >>Shape Styles. (This will allow you to change the colour of the shape, fill the shape with a particular colour, change the outline of the shape or add special visual effects such as a shadow or a glow.)

g.To adjust the size of the shape: Use the ruler to the top and the left-hand side of the page to help you measure and create even-sized tags. (So in this example, each tag should be 2 inches wide and approximately 2 to 2 inches long, yielding a total of sixteen (16) 'Thank You' tags.)

h.Once you have created one shape that is the perfect design, size and shape, copy it and paste it fifteen more times on the same page, placing them side by side, four (4) in each row and four (4) in each column.

3. 'Designing the BACK of the Spiritual Thank You Gift Tag'

The back of the 'Spiritual Thank You' Gift Tag is even easier to make than the front.

a.Just type the words 'THANK YOU' in bold, capital letters, using the font colour and size of your choosing. (In this example, I used the colour 'green', the font type 'Calibri (body)' and a font size of '14' with 'bold' text.)

b.Once you have adjusted your 'THANK YOU' to the perfect colour, font type and font size, copy it and paste it fifteen (15) more times on the same page. (Make sure to place the 'Thank you' in such a way that it will fit neatly to the back of, but within the '2 inch x 2 inch' frame at the front of the page when printed.)

4. 'Printing the Spiritual Thank You Gift Tags'

Print your tags using the following printing properties:

a.Click on File >> Print

b.Go to Printer Properties and tick the following:

a.Duplex Printing (to have the 2 pages printed on one page back and front)

b.Fast (speed priority) (to use less ink but with great print quality)

c.Preview before Printing (to get a peek of what your tags will look like when printed and ensure that there are no errors).

5. 'Making the Spiritual Thank You Gift Tags'

a.Stick readymade spiritual labels within the frame of each of the 16 Tags.

b.Cut out each of the sixteen (16) Tags from the printed sheet with a pair of scissors.

c.Punch a hole to the top middle, top left-hand corner or top right-hand corner of each Tag using a paper punch.

d.Cut the Curling Ribbon into 16 pieces of about 4 inches each.

e.Pass 1 piece of Curling Ribbon through the hole of a Tag and tie a double knot to secure the Curling Ribbon.

f.Repeat the process for the remaining 15 'Spiritual Thank You' Tags.

g.You can hand write a personal note at the back of the Tag under the printed 'Thank You'.

h.Use it by itself as a tiny token or attach it to a small, medium or large gift and present it to the deserving student, friend, family, acquaintance or colleague!

6. THANK YOU MESSAGES!

Take some time now to be reminded of all the things you can say 'Thank You' for and how saying "Thank You' can add tremendous blessings to your life and someone else's life!

Who did you forget to thank this week? Who did you thank this week? Who will you thank this week?

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @kimberlyschimmel: Thank you so very much kschimmel for the visit and Pin! Have a very blessed week!

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I pinned this to my Sunday School Crafts board on Pinterest.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are awesome! Fantastic directions. Very cool. :)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Beautiful cards and wonderful to make them ourselves. Great lens! Thanks for sharing the directions.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Ruthi: I'm glad you liked it Ruthi! Happy Easter!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan52! Happy Easter!

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      What a fabulous tutorial on how to say Thank you! with a creative personal touch!

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very nice!

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Lynda Makara: Thanks lyndamakaracreations! I wish you a Happy Easter, in advance!

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      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      These are very nice and a thoughtful way to say thank you.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Craftymarie: You have the idea, kinworm! Your mind is going miles per minute with how this can be used :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea!

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      Marie 

      4 years ago

      What a beautiful way to say thank you, I love the idea of making these special tags with uplifting spiritual messages. In tag form they are easy to hand out, use in cards (or even as the main embellishment if you are making your own) and pop onto thoughtful gifts.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @ideadesigns: Your Auunt sure has a heart full of gratitude! Thanks for visiting ideadesigns and sharing that experience with your 'always-grateful' Aunt! Have a blessed week.

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      ideadesigns 

      4 years ago

      You make a good point, 1 out of 10 isn't great. My aunt has always given out thank you cards for everything. I appreciate a good thank you note!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks for your visit and lovely comments, Papier. Have a fabulous weekend.

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      Giving thanks to God and to others is a very uplifting thing to do. I like your idea for making these tags because the tactile quality adds a nice presence to the act.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Many times in life, Denmarkguy, it's really simple things that bring joy to others. Glad you liked the idea. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      That's a really nice idea-- hadn't even thought of anything like this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @DeborahDian: It's a little project of mine, Deborah-Diane :)) I am happy that you like my idea. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I've never heard of this, but they are a great idea!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Thank you for visiting my lens, Cercis. As the reader, I am glad you found the instructions concise, since clear instructions are an important part of enabling persons to attempt the project. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thank you for a thoughtful, beautiful lens. Thank you also for such neat, concise instructions.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Brite-Ideas: I am really happy that you find it uncomplicated and 'DO-ABLE', Brite-Ideas. Thanks for visiting and sharing that and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      psiloveyou1 

      4 years ago

      These are great! I love making cards and other papercrafts.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is a FANTASTIC idea - I absolutely would do this (and there aren't too many things in the crafty area that I would actually do) but THIS is one for sure - Wonderful page

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @psiloveyou1: I am glad that as a papercraft/ card maker you love these tags, psiloveyou. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Glad you liked this tag making idea, Merrci. I did have fun making and giving them out. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @The_Kelster: You're welcome The_Kelster. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing how to make these. They are lovely, fun and creative!

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      The_Kelster 

      4 years ago

      This lens is wonderful! Really cool idea, thank you for putting the info up! :)

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @GrammieOlivia: Glad you liked this lens, grammieo and thank you for stopping by. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      GrammieOlivia 

      4 years ago

      Very very nicely done. Thanks for this lovely lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @sousababy: Well I know one person whom you said 'Thank you' to this week, sousababy - ME :)) Glad you appreciated my tutorial and that you already recognize how powerful 'Thank You' is. Have a blessed week!

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lovely How-to tutorial. Saying thank you in a genuine manner is all most good souls need in this world to continue trying to help others.

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