We made these gift tags and are so happy with how they turned out. This was our first time working with paper clay and we found it to be easy and a lot of fun. We used stamps that we had from our scrapbooking days to imprint our images onto the clay but you could also use a piece of spruce, fresh herbs or berries that you have around the house.
You may have to try a few different stamps as some patterns show up really well and others do not. We had to redo a couple of the tags as the stamp we tried just wouldn’t just show up. Also, keeping the stamp rinsed between uses will stop the clay from sticking to the stamp when you pull the stamp off.
Paper Clay Gift Tags
- 16 ounces of Paper Clay
- Craft paint in color of choice
- Stamps or greenery/herbs/berries that will fit inside the circumference of the cookie cutter
- Round cookie cutter
- Metal or plastic straw
- Rolling pin
- Waxed paper/parchment
- Baking Sheet
- Small spatula
- A few books to weigh down the tags while drying
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper/parchment and set aside.
- Line your counter top work surface with wax paper.
- Tear off about 1/3 of the clay and seal the rest of the clay in the package, an airtight container or Ziploc until ready to use. It will dry out quickly.
- Tint the clay you’re currently working with using a drop of the craft paint. Work it in with your hands until it’s blended well.
- Flatten the clay with the rolling pin. Complete one ornament at a time. Use the stamp or the greenery to imprint an image. If using greenery, gently go over it with the rolling pin a few times until pressed in. Gently peel the greenery or stamp off the clay.
- Press the round cookie cutter firmly around the image to cut out the ornament. Punch a hole at the top of the ornament using the metal or plastic straw.
- Using a spatula, carefully lift and place the ornament on the prepared baking sheet.
- Continue making ornaments until you need to re-roll the clay.
- Once you’ve used up the first 1/3 of the clay, you can continue with the next 1/3 of clay and change up the color of tags. You can also leave some white. If changing colors, replace the wax paper/parchment and rinse your supplies.
- Once the ornaments are complete and you’ve double checked that all of the ornaments have a hole punched in the top, place another sheet of wax paper over the ornaments on the baking sheet. Place books on top of the wax paper covering the ornaments to keep them flat while drying and prevent warping. Just make sure the books aren’t too heavy or they will squish the ornaments.
- Let the ornaments dry for 4 days with the books on them. Remove the books, put down new wax paper/parchment on the tray, flip the ornaments over, add a new sheet of wax paper/parchment on top of them and place the books back on top for weight. Leave for 4 more days and then remove the books and top sheet of paper. Leave to finish drying, uncovered, until completely dry. It may take a couple more days, just flip them over once a day.