With only three days until Christmas and all the presents bought it is time for the one task I am not very fond of: Wrapping. I don’t know why this is, since I like to spend hours making the present itself it would be only natural that I pay the same attention to the wrapping, but I just cannot bring myself to do it. It seems like my hands suddenly refuse to work properly. Don’t get me wrong; I get the job done, but it doesn’t look like the pieces of art you see on the blogs nowadays.
Guess I always have in the back of my mind that everything will be destroyed again when the person unwraps the package, and I clearly don’t like it.
So it’s a great exception for me to have put so much effort in wrapping the presents this time, and I must say it was fun to do it for once, paying so much attention to details like the colour and texture of the gift ribbon and the colour of the paper. And all this to create a wonderful background for my little gift tags! I do like to work with a sort of canvas-like wrapping paper like this brown paper, it has such a special look to it and makes the embellishments pop out real nicely.
You need (for the dough):
- Half a cup of flour
- Half a cup of salt
- 1 cup of warm water
- Stamps (wooden reindeer, ilex berries, star, fir branch etc.)
- Round cookie cutter (or something similar)
- Drinking straw
- White acrylic paint
- Optional: Gold paint
Start by making the salt dough: Mix the flour, salt and warm water and knead with your hands until you have smooth dough. Add water of it’s too dry or flour of it’s too sticky. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s about 5 millimetres thin. With the cookie cutter cut out the round shapes for the tags and place them on a flat surface with a palette knife.
Take the objects you want to use for stamping and carefully push them into the salt dough tags, so that you can see the shape of the object in the end. Use the toothpick to correct the stamped shapes. With the drinking straw poke small holes into the top of the tags.
Let the tags dry for at least two days, then bake them for one hour in the oven at 150°C (hot air). Paint them white on both sides and let them dry.
If you want to embellish the gift tags further, take some gold paint and accentuate either the stamped shapes, the rim of the tags or just a part of the whole tag. Let dry.
I haven’t worked with salt dough since I was a little kid making all kinds of things for my parents, so it was huge fun working with this kind of material again. Kind of like working with the potato stamp method. Funny thing is that you work with a dough and think that you make cookies, but you cannot eat them in the end. Well you can try, but they taste horrible! I really like how you can embellish an otherwise boring packaging with these little tags!