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Dearest Sultana,

One of my favourite things about gifting, is the gift wrapping of course. And I have been spoilt for choice

on Pinterest. I really need to spend less time there!

Here are two ideas I found that I’ve been working on:

I got this idea, while tidying up cardboard packaging for recycling that some of the packaging have such pretty patterns and pictures and it’s such a pity to just throw it out. I had some lovely designs on a box of tissue paper and there was quite a bit of it. Perfect for the backing of some gift tags!

I have been collecting labels on Pinterest but when it came time to go to the websites, a lot of them no longer exist! Have you noticed this? It’s a little bit disheartening when I’ve had my heart set on a design…Fortunately some do really exist, like this one from Blog World Label, I think this was meant to be printed on sticker paper, but it came just fine on regular paper too. I only have a black and white laser printer so I coloured in some of the labels. I think it only adds to it’s charm. The little birds were cut out from another boxed packaging. The thickness of these boxes really help create a sturdy gift tag.

recycled gift tag

There were many many lovely ideas on using clay as ornaments. It seemed easy enough and a great crafty idea to do with May (while June is napping). It took us about 4 separate occasions to reach the finished stage because of the drying time involved.

Clay Christmas Ornaments

Materials:

Air dry clay

Rolling pin

Cookie cutter

Small straw

Tooth pick

Rubber stamps

Plastic knife

Scrap pieces of fabric

Lace

Gold or silver paint

Paintbrush

Permanent marker

Step 1

Shape clay into desired shapes, use cookie cutter and tooth pick and other materials to decorate the shapes. I found that the clay was very sticky and pretty impossible to lift from the plastic I used to line my work table. I had some remnant bits of fabric nearby and used it under and on top of the clay and I rolled over the fabric which had the added bonus of giving it a nice even texture. Later on I put some lace on bottom of clay and that gave the clay a nice lacy texture. Don’t forget to make a hole for the ribbon to go through. Dry according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2

Paint the dried out clay anyway you desire. I just did a silver coat on both sides but if I had more colours I’d definitely play around more with this.

Step 3

Use permanent markers to draw pictures, write greetings etc. I got May to write her teacher’s name on the labels, to go with their house pouches.

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