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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.
Baking soda, corn starch and water are added to sauce pan…
…mix until dough is smooth.
While the mixture is melting, it is the consistency of icing.
After it has cooled slightly, it is more like pizza dough.
Roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness.
Cut out shapes of your choosing.
All cut out…
…Make sure to create a hole for your gift tag.
All baked and hardened.
I chose to lightly sand the rough edges of my cut outs.
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.
And as I said, I love the bright white too.
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.
Doesn’t the cardinal look great? I think I’m keeping her 🙂
The miniature hearts got some red acrylic paint as well.
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!!