Cityscape Gift Tag DIY

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

I was debating whether or not to toss out these old gift tags when I realized that their silhouette looks a bit like the tall & skinny houses along a canal in Amsterdam. With some pens & imagination I turned them into something new!

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

Materials

Drawing the houses (aka the fun part)

I gathered inspiration from the intricate facades of row homes in Amsterdam. Here’s a print I really like on Etsy that might get some illustrative juices (ew, kind of gross) flowing.

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Amsterdam Lino Print from delightfullychaoticco

Here’s the process I used to draw my own row homes.

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

And finally, here are a few quick doodling lesson for making fancy looking doors and windows.

How to draw windows step by step |DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift #bujo #zendoodle

How to draw doors step by step | DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (:         #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift #zendoodle #bujo

Finishing touches

I trimmed the gift tags carefully around each detail. I left some of the houses wide and made others a bit more narrow.

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

I added a loop of multicolored baker’s twine to finish each tag (see my post on how to make your own here).

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (:         #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

Now these tags are ready to decorate with!

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (:         #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

Thanks for reading. Happy Holidays!

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift #hygge

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