11.15.2012

DIY Gold Chevron Holiday Gift Tags


I know it might be a wee bit early yet for holiday DIYs, but hear me out. This year we're staying in the Lou for Christmas and driving to Austin for Thanksgiving, so I — being the determined little bee that I am — wanted to have all the Texas family's presents ready to go by early next week so we could do a little tote-and-drop while we're there.

As such, here I am, the week before Thanksgiving, making holiday gift tags. I kind of stink at wrapping presents, so I always try and put a little extra bling on the tag to hopefully draw discerning eyes away from the massive amounts of tape I always seem to use on the wrapping paper. :)

But I digress...

A couple weeks ago I came across this pin and thought it would be fun to make clay tags this year that could double as ornaments. Originally, the plan was just to cut out fun shapes and press the names into the clay with my rubber stamp set, and then I went to Michael's (which, going there when you're brainstorming a DIY is like going to the grocery store when you're hungry), and found this big beautiful chevron stamp that just happened to be 40% off (sweet).


I thought this would be perfect to give the tags some texture, but it seemed such a waste to let those little ridges sit there uncolored, so I grabbed a bottle of metallic gold paint and gave myself a pat on the back because it's rare that such a plan ever comes together for me.

It's also rare that it comes together without any hitches (yay!), and I'm really happy with how the tags turned out. I think I'll just write the giftees names on the back of the chevron ones and maybe do some dip-dying with the lettered tags, which brings me to another reason I love this idea: It's SO customizable!

So go on, grab that rolling pin and have yourself a merry little time. :)





Supplies
One batch of clay dough (recipe here [just don't use food coloring])
Rolling pin
Extra cornstarch (to put on pin and board if the dough is sticking)
Chevron stamp (got mine at Michael's)
Cookie cutters of choice
Rubber stamp letters (if using)
Straw (to punch holes for hanging)
Baking sheet and parchment paper
Gold metallic acrylic craft paint (or whatever color you want)
Small craft paint brush
Glaze or sealer of choice (I used a spray sealer)
Baker's twine for hanging

Directions
Make dough according to recipe directions. Roll out to 1/4" thick. (Make sure you don't roll it too thin or it will crack and curl at the edges when baked.)

If using chevron stamp, press onto dough as many times as it will fit, then use cookie cutters to out shapes. If just using rubber letter stamps, cut out shapes and then press letters onto each tag.

Once all tags are cut out, use a straw to punch a hole at the top of each ornament. Place tags on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake at 175 degrees for an hour (mine took another 15 minutes).

Remove from oven and, once cooled, paint as you like (paint may need a couple coats). Write name of giftee on back of ornament (or wherever you want).

Once dry, thread hole with baker's twine and you're ready to give it away!

{All images by Beth Style/Parsimonia}

2 comments:

  1. So cute! I wish I put more effort into the presentation of my gifts... I can never seem to get my shit together quickly enough. Good for you! Haha

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    1. Haha. Thanks, Michelle! It's pretty rare that I do, but this year is looking to be the exception! :)

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