***I made an updated post to answer several questions (add color, dry faster, etc) and try some fun new designs! Check it out here! ***
I pinned an idea a while back for making salt dough gift tags because I love how they would look with my brown wrapping paper. Plus salt dough would be super easy and cheap. Then I came to find out those particular tags were actually made of clay, not salt dough. But not to be deterred, I set out to make some salt dough tags anyway!
My version of the tags turned out great, and I have to say they look pretty sweet on my gifts (which I'll be sharing pictures of soon). I think the main difference between these and the tags on pinterest is that mine are not as smooth. But they were practically free and I actually like the textured finish they have. Want to make some tags for your gifts this year? Here's how I did it:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Combine ingredients in a bowl and knead until smooth. (I never got it super smooth, but I made some tags after just a quick knead and some after kneading longer, and there was a definite difference in quality with the tags that were kneaded longer being smoother and more even once they dried.)
Then roll out the dough to the desired thickness. (I think mine was roughly 1/4") DO NOT EAT THE DOUGH. This is your only warning. If you choose to ignore it and eat the dough, your friends and family have my permission to laugh at any resulting sour-puss faces you may make.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out your tags in whatever shape you want. You can re-knead the left overs and roll them out again to get more tags.
Now you need to make a hole for ribbon. I used a small drinking straw to get the size of hole I wanted.
Then comes the fun part - embellishing your tags! I tried a few different ways to decorate my tags. Some I left blank, just to keep it nice and simple. Some I stamped with a clean rubber stamp (in a star shape) to leave an impression with no color. The rest I stamped with the same stamp, but I dipped it in ink first. They all turned out fine, so choosing a style is really just a matter of preference. (although the tags I didn't knead as much came out rougher and the impressions didn't show up as well)
Then you wait... and wait... and wait for them to dry. It took these babies about 3 days to dry. I turned them over halfway through to let the backs have a chance to dry, too. But that was it! They were super easy and they will make toppers for my gifts this year. This would also be a fun way to make Christmas ornaments!
Have you ever made gift tags? What do you make them out of?
p.s. We accidentally left our camera behind at Thanksgiving, so we are temporarily using the old point and shoot we still have. Hence the dark/blurry/unfocused photos. Sorry about that. They actually look much better in person than in these pictures! :)
Don't forget to check out my update post!