Happy 1st of December! It’s officially 24 sleeps until the big man arrives and it’s time to get festive! I’ve just got back from a wonderful break in Budapest visiting the Christmas markets which has sent my mind into overdrive thinking up all of the festive things I’m going to do in the run up to Christmas. Today I thought I would kick start the month by sharing something with you that I actually created last year: air clay gift tags.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know I love to express my creative side so when I was scrolling through Pinterest last year, I came across the cool idea of hand-making some personal gift tags for my friends and family. I love adding personal touches to the gifts I am giving and, as always, love to share my creations with you all. Here’s how you can create your own crafty gift tags this Christmas…
What you will need:
- Air dry clay (I bought mine from Hobby Craft £4 for 1kg)
- A rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Small letter stamps
- An Ink pad
- A pencil or something similar to pierce a whole into the tags
- Ribbon or string
How to make your gift tags:
- Begin by sprinkling your worktop with flour to make sure your clay doesn’t stick to the surface. Soften your clay by kneading it and use your rolling pin to smooth and flatten the clay ready to cut into shape using your cookie cutters. The tags should be a minimum of half a cm in thickness to prevent any breakages once dry.
- Next, use a pencil or something similar to pierce a hole into the top of each tag. Make sure you don’t pierce the hole too closely to the edge, try to leave at least a 1cm space.
- Smooth out the edges of the tags using your fingers to make them neat and tidy.
- Set the tags aside to air dry for at least 24 hours. I would recommend leaving them for about 2 days to ensure they are completely dry before you start to stamp and/or decorate them.
- Once your Christmas gift tags have thoroughly dried, get out your stamper kit and start stamping! I kept my tags really simple by just stamping the names of my friends and family however if you’re feeling creative you could decorate further with different coloured ink, gems or glitter to add a bit of sparkle.
- Finally, pick out some ribbon, string or twine to thread through the holes of your gift tags and attach to your presents. To accompany the tags I also attached a Ciate nail polish bauble to my friends’ gifts. You could attach other things like candy candy or tree decorations for a special touch.
How will you be wrapping your gifts this Christmas? Will you be getting creative?