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Saturday, November 10, 2012

DIY Clay Tags


How fun are these?!!
Just wanted to share a quick project with you...

DIY Clay Tags

While searching the internet for a recipe, I discovered that there were several different recipes out there, each with variations on the measurements of ingredients. Here is what I did and it worked for me:

For these you will need:
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water

Mix all three ingredients in a saucepan.  Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens.  Once it thickens, pour into a heat proof bowl and cover with a damp cloth to cool.
Once completely cool, turn out onto the counter (or other smooth surface) and begin to knead the clay until smooth.  This is the point where I had to change things up a bit.  The dough was so sticky that I had to add more corn starch to it.  When it was all said and done, I ended up adding almost an additional 1 cup of cornstarch.  Your results may vary so I would recommend following the recipe and then add what you need to knead (no pun intended). 
Anyway, knead until nice and smooth and then roll out the clay just as you would do if making sugar cookies.  Cut out with your favorite shapes, and then you can stamp them if you wish.  I used my French script rubber stamp.  Ink it up with a regular stamp pad and then just stamp your image right into the clay.
Make sure to use a straw, skewer, or toothpick to add a hole for stringing.
Pop these into an oven that has been preheated to 175 degrees.  Bake for 1 hour.  Flip them halfway through the baking time.
Note:  the recipe called for 1 hour, but mine took almost 2.  Experiment and see what works for you.

When they're cool, you can add jute twine or bakers twine or whatever you wish.  Use as tags on gifts or ornaments for the tree!

Enjoy!




xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

5 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I've made these with crayola quick dry clay. I like your idea of stamping, I'll have to try it!

Blondie's Journal said...

These are darling and look so fun to make. I have to try it! Thanks for your instructions.

XO,
Jane

Barbara Jean said...

very cool
the words look like they are indented...

and you have one word, ink, all by itself. does that mean you stamped the words?? (can you tell I get confused easily?) =)

thanks and too cute.

barb

Barbara Jean said...

never mind my question...I re read it and made sense. =)

barb

katie said...

these are fabulous! i tried a salt dough recipe for an ornament that didn't fare so well... i'll try this next!