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I have been thinking of inexpensive ways to decorate my Thanksgiving table. Our friend Amy of Canary Street shared how easy it is to DIY clay tags. I thought that these clay tags would be perfect as place cards for the table and look great with the copper mercury glass votives that I created last week.
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Embellishment Stamp – optional
Fine Grit Sandpaper
Twine or Ribbon for tying
I didn’t have much luck with the rolling pin method. The clay stuck between the sheets of paper. When I tried to use a cookie cutter the clay was very tacky making it impossible to remove from the cutter. So, I resorted to hand rolling the clay. It’s like rolling a meatball 🙂
- Roll the clay and place it on wax paper.
- Flatten the clay with the heel of your hand.
- Take care to smooth the top as best as you can – it doesn’t need to be perfect.
- Immediately stamp the clay with names or phrases of your choosing.
- Use a drinking straw to create a hole for hanging later.
- Don’t touch the clay for 24 hours. Even better, wait 48 hours.
- When the clay is completely dry, use fine grit sandpaper to smooth the edges of your clay tag.
- Spray with a light coat of glossy white paint.
The most difficult part of this project is having patience for the drying time. I promise you, if you touch the clay while it’s wet – your tag will be ruined. You might be tempted to bake these in the oven. DON’T do it – this clay is not meant for the oven and the tags will crack.
Don’t they look great? I love how bright and glossy they are.
I can’t wait for our dinner guests to see the clay tag place cards. The best part is that they then have a gift to take home and can possibly hang on their Christmas tree.
There is a lot of clay in the container. It is best to make a lot of tags at one time. I even decided to make gift tags for family and friends.
Let me know if you give this project a try! You can do it…I promise!