Today I have something not food related for you BUT you’ll need all your kitchen essentials and your oven to make theses Christmas Gift Tags, so it pretty much count’s as baking, right??
Anyway, I couldn’t just not share this with you because I think it’s adorable and it was a lot of fun to create. The gift tags can easily serve as Christmas tree ornaments as well. I made clay stars for our Christmas tree and you’ll find a picture of it at the end of this post.
All the ingredients and utensils other than the rolling pin, pastry mat and cookie sheet were bought at the craft store, just so you know, you don’t have to visit a million stores to be able to do this. If you don’t have a pastry mat, just use your kitchen counter, it’ll work just fine. If you don’t have a rolling pin, use a wine bottle ;) without a cookie sheet you’re screwed…how do you survive without homemade cookies?!?
Make sure to buy oven-bake polymer clay as opposed to air-dry. It’s much sturdier and if you intend to move your gifts around you better have something that doesn’t break so easily. I probably can’t smash these against the wall and expect them to stay in one piece but I’m pretty confident they would survive a fall from the kitchen counter. Haven’t tested that though, just saying.
For the initial I used an Edding marker, a Sharpie will do the trick, too though. You can totally free hand this if you are a talented calligrapher. I was thinking about doing this free handed in the first place but then discovered the pretty lettering stencil at the craft store and thought it would really look nice if all the gift tags under our tree were more uniform. Are you diagnosing my OCD along the lines here? You’re probably right *sigh*
So here is what you’ll need for one of these Christmas tree gift tags, multiply amount of clay as needed:
Christmas Gift Tags
- 2 oz white oven-bake polymer clay (for 1.5-2 Christmas trees like the one seen on pictures)
- 1 rolling pin
- 1 pastry mat
- 2-4 pieces of wood the hight you'll want your tags to be
- 1 large cookie cutter in desired shape
- 1 non-stick cookie sheet
- 1 tooth pick
- 1 permanent marker
- 1 lettering stencil
Preheat oven to temperature instructed on your clay's package (I preheated to 230 F/ 110 C).
Roll out clay on pastry mat by placing the wood pieces to left and right end of the rolling pin to make sure the clay is rolled out evenly.
Cut out figure and carefully remove from mat and place on non-stick cookie sheet.
With the toothpick make a little whole at the top making sure to make it big enough for a piece of baker's twine or thread to fit through.
Bake for as long as instructed on clay's package. As a rule of thumb it's 15 minutes per 1/4" (0.6cm) (I baked the Christmas Tree star ornaments which were double the thickness of the gift tags for 30 minutes and the gift tags for 20 minutes).
Remove cookie sheet from oven and let gift tag cool down completely on the cookie sheet without touching or moving.
Once cold to the touch, carefully remove from cookie sheet and write name or initial with or without lettering stencil.
Attach gift tag to gift with baker's twine.
Here you can see the star Christmas tree ornaments made out of the same clay.
P.S. Paula, here is a little sneak peak of your Christmas present ;)