The Most Meaningful Handmade Gift I’ve Ever Been Given

Give the most meaningful handmade gift ever. God's word in your own handwriting. On #LoveYourLifeFriday at karenehman.comKelly, my best friend from college, is the most thoughtful and creative person I know.

Last summer as part of my vintage homemaking series, I asked her to share how she made the most meaningful handmade gift she’s ever given me {there have been dozens of handmade gifts she’s given me since the fall of 1982 when we first met!} I thought I’d repost it again for a fun weekend DIY for you to do for a friend or loved one.

NOTE: If you are NOT crafty (like me!) you can adapt this idea by purchasing ready made tags like these or these or even these and then following the rest of the simple instructions.

Now, for Kelly’s creative idea!

She gave me this for my last birthday and it seriously the most thoughtful handmade gift I’ve ever received! Here she is to tell you her idea:

We all know people in our lives that need encouragement and what better way to show we care for that special someone than to create some handwritten Scripture tags. In a day of texting, email, and twitter, we are getting closer to seeing the art of handwriting become extinct.

While making anything homemade takes time, each minute I write, cut, and glue sends a special love that could not be shown any other way.  Yes, it would be easier to type out the verse in a pretty font, but to copy Scripture in my own handwriting helps me to meditate more on the Scripture because I am physically writing each word. Also, praying the Scripture for the person as you write each one out, sends even more blessings.

A retro picture of Kelly and me from 1982 and one of us from about a year or two ago.

A retro picture of Kelly and me from 1982 and one of us from about a year or two ago.

In thinking about what verses to use, it is helpful to use those that would encourage a loved one in the situation of life they are experiencing. Maybe it is a fearful daughter going off to college, or a new mom who needs encouragement in her new role even in those wee morning hours. There may be a friend going through a tough valley because of her health that draws her closer to Jesus through the reading of each verse. Plus the act of making the Scripture tags slows us down. We cannot use spell check or the delete button, so it makes us more careful in how we handle God’s Word. For me, handwriting is a way to relax and wind down.

I hang a tag per week on my kitchen window above my sink.

I hang a tag per week on my kitchen window above my sink.

Here are some Scripture ideas to use:

  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • God’s Promises
  • Jesus’ words in the Gospels
  • Use a Bible Concordance or to look up words such as fear, hope, faith, thankfulness, God’s goodness, grace, joy, prayer, perseverance and many others.

Now, how to make them!


  • manila file folders
  • scrapbooking paper( about 3-4 coordinated designs with print on front and back)
  • white cotton yarn (mine was purchased on a cone and I use it for several things around the home)
  • White reinforcement hole labels
  • glue stick (one for crafts not kid’s glue)
  • hole punch

The size of my tag is 3 3/4 inch by 1 3/4 inch. Cut out a rectangle this size from the manila folders. At about the 3 inch mark cut away up to the middle of the top of the rectangle on both sides to make the point. Now use this as a pattern to cut as many rectangles as verse cards you will need. I made about thirty for a set.

Next, cut out  3 1/4 inch by 2 1/4 inch rectangles from the scrapbooking papers. Glue these papers onto the back of the Scripture tags. This should leave a small border around the tag. Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the arrow portion of the tag. Reinforce with a hole label. Then, cut a piece of yarn 12 inches. Fold in half. Tie a knot at the bottom, then loop in through the hole and pull to knot. The knot should be the part that is hanging.

1You could give them in a jar or basket, or just wrap them up and let them choose from a container they have that works for them. You could also make a tag with the verse from Ps. 119:105 and attach it to the gift. They could then attach it to their jar or basket.

And remember, they don’t have to be perfect. But they will know it was given from the heart.

If you enjoyed this post, I invite you to read A Life That Says Welcome, filled with similar ideas from the heart.

A Life That Says Welcome:Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others by Karen Ehman

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  1. Anna says

    Thank you Karen, for posting this. Good idea now that the holidays are coming around, I will surely place this post in a safe file!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also have friends with birthdays coming up. Great job Kelly thanks for sharing the instructions.
    Blessings to you both, Anna

  2. Grace says

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful idea again. I was going to do this for my sister-in-laws for Christmas last year and instead made them each a mason jar wrapped with burlap and glued a flower on it and some pebbles and tea light inside. Now I know this is a confirmation for me to make these beautiful scripture cards for them this year. Thanks Karen and Kelly.

  3. says


    Handwritten anything is special nowadays, especially meaningfully-chosen scriptures, huh? That’s neat. I still have some hand written verses from a baby shower decades ago. They warm my heart and make me smile to see familiar writing and God’s promises.

    It’s nice to be here again,
    Jennifer Dougan

  4. Robin Fulkrod says

    Instantly I thought of doing the tag length wise. Cutting it out and leave a point along the top would work better for the person I am thinking of making this for. That way she can read them with out them being written sideways when they hang.
    Very neat idea! Thanks for sharing~


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