Way to Make Clay Gift Tags Look Chic and Sleek

A sampler from the free Christmas craft magazine; happy things. Project by Ayda Algin from CafenoHut for Handmade Heart in the UK. Originally published in December 2013.
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Publication

  • Air-drying Clay
  • Pearls
  • Strings / Gold
  • Golden Pen
  • Something Sharp

Tools

  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter
  • Scissors

Instruction

Cut a piece of clay from your package and knead until it can be easily rolled out.

Be careful not to knead too much, as the clay can become quite sticky and most likely stick to its surface.

Use any cookie cutter to cut its shape and carefully remove it. Drill a small hole and set it aside to dry.

With air-dried clay, it is quite common for the edges to be slightly rough. You can smooth them with sandpaper after drying.

After the DIY clay pendants are completely dry, you can decorate them with metal pins or markers.

Once the paint or ink is dry, you can use your gold thread to thread and add your small decorative Beads.

NOTEBOOK

Let your labels dry completely before trying to paint or you will finish the feathers on your pencil or brush.

If you don’t let the labels dry completely, the clay will get stuck in the nibs of your pens or deep in the felt, which will turn them into metal felt-tip pens.

ARE YOU AN IMPATIENT PERSON?

If you are tempted to put your clay in the cooler for faster drying, make sure that sucking all the moisture out of this air-drying clay too quickly can cause cracks.

You can always use a heater, just make sure you can check your labels and if they start to crack, use a little water and the tip of your finger to smooth out the tone.

GIFT TAGS FOR ONE OF THE EASIEST CHRISTMAS CRAFTS YOU CAN MAKE

Still clean! I would like to thank Ayda for creating this incredibly simple project for Merry Makings Christmas Craft magazine in 2013.

It shows you that simplicity never goes out of style.

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