Valentine DIY Clay Gift Tag…

When Valentine’s Day approaches, I like to make special gifts for my loved ones. Not that we do a lot for Valentines Day, but I do like to create something with my own two hands that is a little special. I decided to make clay gift tags. I remembered a recipe I used decades ago when I was a preschool teacher. What I really love about this recipe, is that the clay is made from two items that I’m sure you have in your pantry right now…baking soda and corn starch.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!

 

Homemade Clay Gift Tags for Your Valentine…

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

Preheat over to 175 degrees.

Combine the baking soda, corn starch and water in a medium sauce pan and mix together over medium heat.

Do not let the mixture boil or become too hot. Only keep over heat until completely mixed and smooth.

Pour hot mixture into a mixing bowl. Place a cool, damp cloth on top of dough. Let dough cool a little before you begin toughing it.

Place warm dough onto wax paper and begin rolling out until 1/4" thick.

Begin cutting out shapes.

Using a straw or instrument of your choice, poke a hanging hole into the dough.

Place cutouts on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake cutouts in 175 degree oven for two hours, turning halfway through baking. Depending on your oven more bake time may be necessary. If you see any moisture, add more baking time.

Turn oven off and leave try in oven until cool

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Baking soda, corn starch and water are added to sauce pan…

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!…mix until dough is smooth.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!While the mixture is melting, it is the consistency of icing.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!After it has cooled slightly, it is more like pizza dough.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!Roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!Cut out shapes of your choosing.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!All cut out…

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!…Make sure to create a hole for your gift tag.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!All baked and hardened.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!I chose to lightly sand the rough edges of my cut outs.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!Although I love the bright whiteness of this clay, I decided to paint one of the cardinals and two small hearts red. I was very happy that I did – I love the brightness of this acrylic paint. Cardinals remind me of our wonderful time living in North Carolina.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!And as I said, I love the bright white too.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!This is my Honey Bees gift tag. I don’t have a gift for him yet, but he has this beautiful tag :))  I just hand painted his name and added this pretty red and white ribbon.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!Doesn’t the cardinal look great? I think I’m keeping her 🙂

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!The miniature hearts got some red acrylic paint as well.

Homemade white clay gift tags for Valentines Day. Very easy to make clay using baking soda, corn starch and water. Use any cookie cutters or cutouts. Bake in the oven and the dough hardens. Very cute!!One important thing to remember: Do not get these clay tags wet after they have been baked, as they will disintegrate. The finished product is very hard and sturdy. Also, be careful when painting. I used one thick coat on top and I was sure to let the paint completely dry before I handled again.

So, what do you think? Are you going to give this a try? I think you will be very happy that you did. This is an easy, fun project…Good Luck!!

Comments

  1. says

    These clay ornaments are so cute! I love how you painted the cardinals red and added the mini hearts. I know any gift from you is a special one!

  2. says

    Vicki, wow you are sooooo creative and I LOVE these. How fun they are and how cute too and they look pretty easy to make. I had no idea how to make them so this tutorial is fabulous. LOVE all the love your putting into these darling Valentine’s ideas. xo Lisa

  3. says

    These are so cute!! Definitely keeping this clay recipe. Thanks for the tutorial!! Love how you layered the cardinal and heart 🙂

  4. says

    These are adorable, especially the little cardinal! Your loved ones will will feel so special getting these for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the tutorial. I think I know what I’m making now 🙂 Shell cut-outs, hearts and a little creativity will be fun!! Bwg ~~~