Give Extra, Get Extra with these Hand Lettered Gifts!

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Extra Gum Hand Lettered Gift

Are there people in your life who need to know how much they’re appreciated? Sometimes, as I’m helping Little Crafter with his homework, I’m reminded how hard his teachers work and what an amazing job they do day in and day out. Other days, I want to let my favorite barista know I appreciate her always remembering my order and putting in a little extra caramel. Or perhaps I want to thank my neighbors for always welcoming us in their home and making our street a nicer place to be. There are so many occasions like these that come up where I want to express my gratitude but it’s not the time to buy an extravagant gift. Here’s a quick, easy, and totally affordable idea I came up with that I think just about anyone would enjoy.


What could be easier than grabbing a few packs of gum and attaching a cute little note? These took me less than five minutes to create, and they’re ready to give away! Here’s how I made them and you can too.

First, you need the gum…and here’s the great news. Now you can “Give Extra, Get Extra” with new Extra® 35-stick packs!


Convenient for your desk, your purse, your car, or wherever you like to keep it, Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® are now available with twice as many sticks per pack. You can find them in their durable, recycled packaging in the checkout line at your local Target. And let’s face it…we all know we’ll be at Target sometime soon, right? Plus, you can save with the Cartwheel app coupon!

Once you have your gum, you’ll also need:
sketch paper or card stock
tag punch
colored markers {mine are Tombow Dual Brush Pens}
black marker {mine is the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip}


Step 1: Punch out your tags.
If you don’t happen to have a tag punch, you can use a paper cutter or scissors instead. The tags can be any size and shape you like.

Step 2: Use a colored marker to write the word, “thanks.”
To give my font a whimsical feel, I like to mix capital and lowercase letters. I use capitals for most consonants and lowercase for vowels plus “m” and “n.” I chose to write in colors that matched the gum packaging, but the color choice is totally up to you.


Step 3: Outline your colored letters with a fine black marker.


Step 4: Use a gray marker to add a shadow effect.
I like to imagine my light source casting shadows to the right of my letters, as you can see in the image below. This gives the suggestion of 3-D and makes your letters seem to pop off the page.

Hand Lettered Tag

Step 5: Add the rest of your words in black marker.
I used the brush script alphabet and the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen to add the words “for all you do.” You could also add the person’s name, your own name, or any other message you want to include. If you’ve never tried hand lettering before, here’s a quick and simple tutorial to show you just how easy it can be!

Step 6: Wrap your yarn or ribbon around the pack of gum several times, then tie the tag onto it. 

Extra Gum Hand Lettered Gift

That’s all you have to do! Your little gifts are ready for surprising anyone and everyone in your life and letting them know they’re appreciated. It’s a great way to tell someone you’re thinking of them without spending a fortune, and you don’t have to be a professional crafter to do it. What do you think? Who in your life would enjoy receiving one of these?

Extra Gum

Looking for more creative ideas featuring the new Extra® 35-stick packs? Check out our social hub and be inspired!

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  1. This is awesome! I’ve been dying to try hand lettering – you make it look so easy. I really do think I might be able to do it! I’d better grab a few packs of the EXTRA gum in case it takes me a bit to perfect it! #client

  2. My mom was a teacher and chewed gum all the time (while, when she wasn’t up in front of class) because she said she didn’t want the kids to ever smell bad breath. LOL! She loved gum and mints for gifts. 😀

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