These little white heart clay tag ornaments are really simple and easy to make and you definitely don’t need to go searching tutorial after tutorial to get it right.
I have just used white, air drying clay which makes it easier to fix if you make any mistakes because it’s slow drying. It said on the packet that it takes about 24 hours to dry but I made mine in particularly cold, wet weather (yes it’s Summer in Australia but that’s what it was like for a while) and they took about 5 days for all of them to go completely white and hard.
I have seen some people roll out their entire batch of clay with a rolling pin and then cut out all of their shapes.. well I definitely couldn’t do that the clay really needed to be worked and rolled by hand to warm up a little before it became really malleable so I did mine one heart at a time. It wasn’t too much extra work and it still didn’t take very long.
The smoother the surface you do it on the better. I just made mine on the dinner table without anything underneath and clean up was simply a wipe down with a wet cloth so I wouldn’t worry too much about the clean up process. You could of course use baking paper to make it easier but I didn’t have any on hand. I also used cling wrap to dry the tags on.
What you’ll need:
- Air drying clay
- Shape cutters (cookie cutter/s)
- Hard plastic straw (or other)
- String or ribbon
- First grab a handful of clay and roll it out to the desired size and cut out with your cookie cutter
- With a hard drinking straw make a hole in the top, then with a pin scoop out the clay from the straw so you’re ready for your next one.
- With about half of my batch I wet my hands and smoothed around the sides, this will make the sides super nice and smooth but may screw up the shape if you’re not really careful. I found it better to leave the rough edges and sand them smooth after drying.
- Optional: get creative with stamps, lace doilies or other materials. I used some leaves off a fir to roll into the clay and stamped Andi and Kirsty into a heart each with metal stamps.
- Now wait for the tags to dry and turn white, then loop some string through the holes and use as Christmas tree ornaments like I have, gift tags or decorations.
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