12.04.2012

Get Crafty: DIY Faux Ceramic Gift Tags

Lauren is one of my go-to girls for anything creative (she worked with me on Sweet Lemon Mag & created those lovely custom watercolors for my blog), so I knew she'd come up with something DIY-worthy for the holidays.

Her inspiration came from Anthropologie's ceramic gift tags, where she got the idea to whip up a batch of her own using a favorite childhood medium, shrink film (remember Shrinky Dinks?). These tags would be so fun to make (hello, blast from the past!) and are completely customizable – the perfect finishing touch for all of your pretty presents. Here's the how-to, with tips from Lauren ...

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Pen or Pencil
- Permanent Markers, Acrylic Paints, or Colored Pencils
- Parchment Paper
- Scissors
- Hole Punch
- Baking Sheet & Oven

ILLUSTRATE your tags on the Shrink Film paper. I recommend starting with pencil, and then filling in with permanent markers, acrylic paints, or colored pencil.  Crafty tips: Make it big! Your end result will be 20% of the original size. If you choose to use colored pencil on White shrink paper, you will need to sand the surface first.  

CUT OUT your designs carefully. I recommend a small sharp set of scissors for better precision.

BAKE at 325 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Use a non-stick baking sheet and cover the tags with parchment paper. The tags will curl while shrinking. You’ll know they’re done when they’ve flattened out.   

FINISH the tags off with a bit of twine or ribbon. If they are still curled over slightly after you remove them from the oven, quickly flatten them out using a spatula.   


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4 comments:

  1. We used to make these in girl scouts way back in the day. Obviously they weren't as cute as these.

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  2. These are adorable! Definitely going to try it out!

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  3. They definitely bring back some crafting memories :) I love that you could create a little supply and use them year-round!

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  4. What a cute idea! I loved shrinky dinks as a kid, the grown-up version is even better!

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