Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christmas in July- Gift Tags

Similar to my mom I love to give gifts. There is something magical when you have thought of the perfect gift for someone you love. You purchase it and have to keep the secret. You select special wrapping paper and you make sure it has a beautiful ribbon and of course your need an amazing gift tag!

I got an idea for gift tags made out of polymer clay (Sculpey) from this tutorial and I thought it would be cute to do holiday tags. I think the variations on this are endless. Here are a couple ideas that I had.




First pick the color you want and knead the clay to make it warm. You can roll it out with a small rolling pin (as shown in the picture) but I used my "clay conditioner" (similar to a pasta maker). I put it through the largest setting then when I moved it to a smaller setting I put it through width wise to widen it. Make sure your clay is warm or it won't go through. My gift tags are 1/4" thick. I wouldn't suggest going any thinner because they will be fragile.



Next pick a shape. I cut mine for a Christmas tree. You can use cookie cutters in this step as well. Make sure you cut a hole to tie them onto the package. I used a mini set of stamps to stamp in the "to:" and "from:"

Last bake them, put them on your package, and impress people. After I baked mine I used permanent marker to fill in the letters so you could read them. You can also use acrylic paints.








What variations can you think of?

13 comments :

Stephanie said...

That is such a fun idea! What a great way to add a new texture to gifts!

Miss Kitty said...

Well, this is just so darn cute! Thanks for sharing how to make them. I'm thinking you could probably do a whole big batch of them to have on hand.

Brenda said...

Great job with your clay for adding something special to the gifts. I came over from the Sew Woodsy link party.
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Heather Landry said...

I think that is such a cool idea! You could probably also use rubber stamps to imprint designs to color in too.

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

LOVE it! That's a great idea to start now! Thanks for linking! :)

Tracy said...

such a fun idea!!!!!

marda said...

so creative....!!! thanks for sharing...:))
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CREATIVE MIND said...

wao..interesting!!another fine idea, thanks

Beth Jackson Klosterboer said...

Clever use of clay!

Michelle said...

How fun are those! Love the 3d effect. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Katie said...

These are great! Thanks for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy last week! Hope you'll join us tomorrow and link up!

Meri @ twofive365 said...

Very cute--I will have to show them to hubby, as he is the gift wrapper in our house. Maybe I can contribute to the package wrappings this Christmas ;)

ashley said...

Hmm I can see all kinds of uses for these after the prezzie has been opened! Ornaments anyone? Thanks for sharing at Paper Catnip & Cupcakes :D

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