The lead up to Christmas always sees me getting my Christmas craftiness on. I love coming up with new projects each year. Here is one I did recently. Making clay tags for your Christmas presents.
This is a versatile project because not only can you use them to decorate your packaging but they also make a neat gift on their own. I’ve also used them as Christmas tree decorations. And they are a really nice personal teachers gift.
So let’s get started. I used DAS modelling clay because I just happened to have some on hand. It is also a really great product. But you could also use polymer clay (I think this gives better results but is also the most expensive and you need to cook it). For a cheaper alternative just use air drying clay.
Once finished, leave to dry (overnight) or 24 hours if possible. And this is where I made a mistake. Because I rolled directly onto my craft table they got quite stuck so I had to keep turning them over during the drying process. This caused the edges to get squished and curled up around the edges. So they lost their shape. I’ve since discovered that the best option is to roll them onto baking paper or greaseproof paper and leave them there until they dry. Will definitely try this next time.
Once they are well dry I used an emery board to smooth around the edges and to smooth out any lumps and bumps on the surface. This allows you to clean up a lot of mistakes.
As a final touch I experimented with some stamps and inks to use on the blank tags. Time wasn’t on my side to experiment but you could do a lot with this.
I can’t wait to make these again. Experimenting with stamps a bit more, perfecting the technique of drying, maybe playing with some paint and inks. Have you ever made things with clay?