Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial

Photoplay Thankful Autumn Surprise Shaker Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial with Photoplay Thankful

Hello, Friends!  It’s (almost) Throwback Thursday, and I have a super fun Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial to share with you.  I’m posting a bit on the early side (yes, I know it is actually still Wednesday) but I have a big blog hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon on Thursday.  Sometimes you have to move things around to fit them all in.  I hope you all don’t get mad at me for posting twice in a 24 hour period.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I shared a Thanksgiving Treat Tag Tutorial with all of  you. I had covered one extra G45 Regular Kraft Tag when I was prepping for the tutorial.  But I never used it.  While cleaning the studio, I found the tag.  When I picked it up to file it way with the rest of Photoplay’s Thankful Collection, this idea popped right into my head.  And that’s how this Throwback Thursday Tutorial came to be.

Shake Up Your Tag Design

Y’all know how much I enjoy making shaker cards.  Part card and part toy, they make me happy.  Sequins, sparkly bits and buttons tucked safely inside an acetate window invite you to shake them up.  They make a great sound, too.

This shaker tag is super easy to make, thanks to the Thankful ephemera frame.  Simply adhere some clear cardstock behind the frame.  Then trim it to fit.  Next add layers of foam tape and press it over your image and shaker mix.  Easy peasy!

I found some leftover handmade asters in my flower stash, and a few cute charms to add on to my ribbons.  We are talking stress-free crafting here, friends!

But then another idea popped into my head.  And it was so good, I had to bring it to life!

Two Tags in One

Since I had already covered the back side of the tag with designer paper, I thought I might as well add a little pocket.  And then the pocket idea kind of grew, and turned into a little gift wallet.  Then that idea evolved into a box pocket filled with Autumn treats.  You’ll see how it all came together in the video tutorial below.

How fun is this?  Untie the ribbon, open the cover and you find a box pocket filled with Honey Ginger Crystals, Ghirardelli Chocolate and a cute tag!  Now that’s what I call an Autumn Surprise!  (Just add boiling water to the Honey Ginger crystals for a delicious warming beverage. My husband Dale loves these!)

Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this little tag, please enjoy the step by step video tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

These tags make such great little gifts for co-workers, friends, neighbors and family.  The shaker front is unexpected, and the treat folio on the back is a delightful bonus  I hope you have as much fun making them as I did designing them.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by,




9 thoughts on “Autumn Surprise Shaker Tag Tutorial

  1. Susan Steele

    Awwww!!!! Kathy this Surprise Autumn Shaker tag is just adorable! As for me …no problem posting videos early! This tag is as cute as can on the front and the back side is sweet to! Luv this idea and can’t wait to give this one a try! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Helen

    What a format, everything you need in one pocket tag for a treat or two during the day. Great idea Kathy and methinks my arty friends are going to receive something like this at Christmas, there are so many options for little gifts tucked here and there for their crafty stash too. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Claire Gagne

    Love these tags Kathy. I did buy the kraft tags & I have the larger tag die, now my question is; how did you add the design layer? Cut or trace around a tag & hand cut it smaller? I’m lost on this one. But I’ll still make them. Be well, be safe & TYFS

  4. Cheryl Wells

    I love this little mini “gift” disguised as a tag – so pretty, bright and cheerful – thank you Kathy!!!!

  5. Joni E

    What a great idea putting a pocket on a tag. What dont you think of? I dont care when you post your videos as long as they keep coming. Lol They are always so inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Gena Krannig

    Wow, Kathy! Who knew you could do so much with a tag! Everything is so fantastic! The front is gorgeous on it’s own but then a surprise treat pocket on the back really makes it extra special! Love the colors and of course the acorns. The buttons look like acorn tops. So cute! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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