Hey y’all – like many others out there I am just aching for Springtime – so I decided to make up this cheery project that will hopefully send some warmth your way…
It is a surprisingly simple project for a super sweet DIY clay gift tag.
What you’ll Need:
1. Wrapped package – the gift in the photo is wrapped with printer paper & stamped with a Polka Dot Pattern Stamp
2. Clay – Creative Paperclay is a great option for an easy air-dry clay, I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby
3. Twine – I used “Honeydew” twine from The Twinery
4. Rubber Stamp – Here I used the Creatiate rubber stamp found here: Happy, Happy, Happy Stamp
5. Needle or other pointed tool
How to Make:
1. Roll the clay into a ball and press flat with your hands or a flat surface such as an acrylic block or book. Paperclay is a bit more crumbly than a regular polymer clay, so if you don’t get the full imprint the first time don’t be discouraged! Just repeat until you have the desired effect – I like for them to look a bit like a wax envelope seal. Once you’ve got the imprint you like, set the clay aside to dry (polymer clay would need to be baked instead). Once clay is dry, the “crackly” portion should be completely solid – you may want to leave your tag to dry overnight.
2. After the gift has been wrapped, I added a bit of twine around the package in 4 straight lines and taped the bottom of the package so the twine will stay in place.
3. Once the clay has dried enough that the outer portion is solid & will not crack, carefully press a needle through the top portion. It is helpful as well to attach your twine now and thread it through from the middle (so that it forms a loop). Pass the two ends of the twine that haven’t been threaded into the clay through the loop that the twine creates for your tag.
4. Thread the two loose ends of your gift tag through the four strands of twine on your gift – going over and under alternating strands. Loop the thread around the top strand and then weave back and forth a few more times ending at the top and leaving enough twine at the ends to tie a small bow. You may want to tighten up the twine so that the 4 strands taped to the box come closer together where you’ve woven the tag through it.
5. Finally, tie a small bow at the top of your gift box and trim the ends of your twine.
And that’s it! You’ve got a unique, handmade gift tag & sweet wrap perfect for a happy birthday, happy anniversary, happy anyday!