Halloween is only a week away! This coming up week, my son has Red Ribbon week (drug free week), and they get to dress up differently each day. I wanted my son’s teachers to be able to dress their desks up for Halloween too. So I created free printables and made cute little frames to put them in. You can use this Halloween gift idea for anyone in your life, and I’m giving you the art to frame and a free printable gift tag to go with it!
For this Halloween gift idea you need:
- 5×7 frame
- tiny styrofoam pumpkins or other vase filler (Dollar Tree)
- craft knife
- hot glue gun
- Halloween colored ribbon- I used 5/8″ white and orange striped ribbon.
- 1/8″ ribbon for the gift tag
- free printable files (below)
Dress Up the Frame
First you need to make your frame a little festive. This isn’t a must-do, but it makes for a cuter gift. I used purple glitter pumpkins that I got from Dollar Tree. They’re labeled as vase filler. I also made a tiny bow for the top of the frame.
Place one of the styrofoam pumpkins on a cutting mat or other safe surface, and cut along the middle of it. You can see the center because the line through it is a little bit deeper than the other lines. Use your craft knife to slice it down the middle. I extended my blade the length of the pumpkin and applied even pressure. That will keep it from splitting off.
To make sure you glue the pumpkin in the center of the frame, place a ruler at the bottom of it. That will show you the half-way point, and you will glue the pumpkin so that it’s center is at the half-way point of the frame. My half-way point was at 3.4.” Place hot glue on the back of the pumpkin and press it on to the bottom of the frame.
Next cut about 12″ of your Halloween ribbon off the spool. Tie a small bow and cut the ends at a slight angle. My bow’s loops were about a fingertip wide with 1.25″ tails.
This is what you’ll have when your pumpkin and bow is on.
Print the Printable Files
Now that the frame is ready, you can download and print your picture and gift tag. Make sure when you print, to check your printer settings. Make sure that it doesn’t blow the picture up to fit an 8.5″x11″ piece of paper. The picture is a 5×7 and the gift tag is 3.5×2. I like to use white cardstock because it looks better, but that’s not a must. Click the download button to download and print the file.
Prep Your Halloween Gift Idea
When you have the files printed, cut them to fit the frame. Cut the excess paper from around the gift tag as well. Go ahead and punch a hole in the upper corner of the tag. Lace the 1/8″ ribbon through it. You’ll use that ribbon to tie it to the gift bag or loop around the Halloween gift.
Once your picture is cut down to fit in the 5×7 frame, place it in and press down the tabs to hold it in. This is what you have!
I didn’t have time to hunt down a gift bag yet, so for now I looped the ribbon on the gift tag over the corner of the frame to show it to you on this Halloween gift idea.
Now deliver the cutest Halloween gift idea ever!
That’s all there’s left to do! How easy is that? It will take you all of about 15 minutes from start to finish. I think these are going to look so cute on my son’s teachers’ desks. I almost wish I could go to school and deliver them. I’ll ask my son if his teachers liked them, and he’ll say, “I guess.” Every. single. time. That’s boys for you though, ha!
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