Crafty Christmas Wrapping Ideas

If you're finding yourself with a bit more time on your hands than usual, why not have a go at making something special to embellish your Christmas gifts?

Easy Air Dry Stamped Clay Tags

You will need:

  • White air dried clay
  • Selection of watercolour or acrylic paints
  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • Card
  • Hole punch
  • Rubber stamp
  • Old scissors
  • Rolling pin

Method:

Break off a small piece (approx. 2cm) of clay and roll into a small ball in your hands.

With the rolling pin, roll each ball to approx. 2mm thick and emboss a design into the clay with your rubber stamp.

Cut around the design with an old pair of scissors and leave flat to dry overnight.   

When the clay is completely dry, using either watercolour or acrylic paint, pain the clay a colour of your choice; I prefer a light wash of colour, so just before the paint dries, I use a sponge or paper towel to gently wipe away excess the paint.

Leave the clay to dry completely. 

Cut the card into tag shapes and stick the air dried clay onto the tag. Punch a hole in the top of the card and stick the finished clay design onto the card.  Thread ribbon or string through the hole…and voila! – a beautiful handmade tag to decorate your gift!

Dried fruit

These are great when used as decorations or to decorate gift boxes or jars.

You will need:

  • Fruit; I find that grapefruit, lemons, apples, or oranges work best
  • Sharp Knife

Slice each fruit into slices approx. 1cm thik and pat each piece with a tea towel to absorb as much juice as possible.

Lay the pieces, evenly spaced, on the middle shelf in a warm oven (150 – 175 degrees F) for approximately 3 – 4 hours.  Turn each piece occasionally to make sure they dry evenly.

Once they have cooled you can attach them to your gift using string.