How to Make Annoyingly Cute Gift Tags

When it comes to wrapping presents, I stick to brown paper and baker’s twine. It’s classic and a little rustic and simple and basically the lumberjack of present wrapping. And holy hell, do I like lumberjacks.

Sometimes though, you might want to add a little whimsy to the wrap job. AND HERE IS HOW YOU DO THAT.

Step 1: Make sure you have sculpey, a rolling pin, the cutest goddamn cookie cutters, parchment paper, a straw, and a functioning oven.

tag materials

Step 2: Roll the clay around in your palms to warm it up and make it pliable. Place it between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it flat with the rolling pin.

In lieu of a rolling pin you can use a jar, a wine bottle, or just pound it flat with your hands. Make the tags as thin or thick as you’d like. Sculpey and Fimo won’t rise at all curing baking, so what you see is what you get. The thicker the clay, the longer you have to bake it. I went for about 1/4 inch thickness.

Step 3: Using the cookie cutters, start making shapes. Once cut out, use the straw to poke a hole anywhere you’d like on the tag. Gently place the finished cutout on a baking sheet lined with another piece of parchment paper.


Step 4: Once you’ve got a tray full of tags, it’s time to bake them in the oven. Temps and times might vary depending on the clay you use, but a general rule is bake the shapes for 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch of thickness at 275 degrees.

cutout shapes on trayStep 5: Let the tags cool…and then wrap something.

baked tags

Step 6: Like this sweater.

There is almost nothing better than this sweater. Skedouche knows what the hell is up when it comes to dressing for the holidays.

sweater wrappiThis sweater, combined with your adorable homemade tag, is pretty much guaranteed to get you some holiday tail. The baked tags are matte, and easy to write on with a Sharpie. This one will be signed “Love, Rudolph.”

These tags are great for gifting baked goods, or even using as ornaments or garland decorations. And they’re totally Anthropologie. Ladies, you know what I mean. And men, that means ladies will like them.


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