DIY: Watercolor Gift Tags + Watercolor Tips

Looking for new ways to make gift-giving special? Whether your wrapping up a present for Mother's Day, Christmas, a birthday, or any other reason, you want to pay attention to the details so your gift-recipient knows how special she is. The gorgeous DIY Waterclor Gift Tags add the perfect touch, Learn how to make them.



  • watercolor paints
  • paint brush
  • paper tags (or punch/cut pieces of paper)
  • string
  • scissors

Watercolor Gift Tags Materials


Step 1: I always rinse out my watercolors before getting starting on a new project. My four year old love to mix up the colors, so if little fingers have been messing with your watercolors, you may want to do the same.

Watercolor Gift Tags - Step 1

Step 2: Dampen the paper tags with water before adding color; this will make the colors lighter and less intense. Do this by dipping your brush in water and swirling it onto the tags.

Watercolor Gift Tags - Step

Step 3: Add color slowly with the brush; move the clor around the tag with your brush while it's still wet

Watercolor Gift Tags - Step

Step 4:Try making gradients of colors that gradually blend together. Do this by painting one color at a time and then adding water throughout so the colors bleed into each other.

Wwatercolor Gift Tags - Step

Step 5: Make another gift tag in one color that fades, making the color vibrant and saturated at one end of the tag, slowly fading and becoming lighter toward the other end of the tag. This effect comes from adding a high concentration of color at one end, and then painting on stripes of water (without additional color) making the color fade.

Watercolor Gift Tags - Step

Step 6: Make another tag with splashes of color. Do this by dropping dots of color; wait for the color to dry partially and then adding water all over the tag.

Watercolor Gift Tags - Step

Step 7: Allow the tags to dry completely before attaching to your gifts

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