Lemme start by saying I didn’t invent clay, gift tags, or clay gift tags. But I do cherish any opportunity to make other people feel inferior over the holidays. Crafting my own clay gift tags makes me look super committed to the holiday season without putting in a lot of effort. The fact that they can alternate as tree ornaments is a nice bonus, and makes me look extra clever.
If you, too, would like to make other people feel inferior you’ll need:
- oven-bake clay (I used white Sculpey, but there are a variety of brands and colours available at craft stores)
- rolling pin
- tiny cookie cutters
- baker’s twine/string
- parchment paper (optional)
Plus some decorating mediums such as:
- craft paint
- small paint brushes
Knead a portion of clay until soft and smooth and then roll out 1/4 inch thick. I rolled mine on the counter and then cut the shapes on scraps of parchment paper. (I found that the clay was easier to lift from the paper without shape distortion.) Use small cookie cutters to cut out your tags – any shape you like. Tiny trees would be adorable. (Why didn’t I make tiny trees?)
I used an 8 oz. package of clay to make 47 ornaments ranging from 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter.
Press designs into the ornaments or leave as is. I left some plain, and pressed others with a small wreath stamp and letters. Do not paint before baking.
Use a skewer to poke a hole for the string or hanging apparatus. Carefully lift and place the ornaments on a baking sheet and then bake according to package instructions (mine required 15 minutes at 275°F). After baking, allow the clay to cool and fully harden before embellishing.
Use acrylic craft paint and/or stencils to embellish your tags. You could even use a Sharpie to write the gift recipient’s name on the back of the tag. Thread with baker’s twine, ribbon or human hair.
Once finished, kick up your feet and bask in DIY glory. Rolling your eyes at store-bought gift tags is optional but highly recommended.