Marbled Homemade Dough Gift Tags (or Ornaments)

 

It may be a little late for Christmas but you can just say you are ahead of the game for Valentines day! Make these as Valentines or use them to tie on gifts all year round! They are simple to make with inexpensive ingredients! 

Air Dry Clay

2 cups baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

1 1/4 cups water


cookie cutters

food dye

parchment paper

letter stamps from amazon


Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium heat.  


Stir continuously until it thickens. 

Think scrambled eggs...this is how it will thicken up, a glob at a time the way eggs would. Once all of the liquid has globbed up, remove from heat. 


At this point add 2-3 drops of dye and fold the dough over itself.  If you over mix it, it won't be marbled, just colored. 


As soon as it's cool enough to handle, roll it out on parchment paper and cut out shapes, punch a hole for tying. Immediately mash the scraps together and roll it again and repeat until all of the dough is used up.  This is important because the cooler the dough gets, the less it likes to be rolled out and the more it will crack. As you cut out your shapes, and add a hole , lay on more parchment paper. As you transfer them you can smooth any edges with your finger and gentle patting. 


However, it doesn't mind being stamped once it's cut out and cooler.  After you've cut them all out stamp with word or phrases of your choice then move to a cookie rack to harden for 1-2 days. 



You can add paint or glitter once they are dry! 


Here's a technique to get rounded edges for a smoother look, add a layer of cling wrap between the dough and cutter, press and remove! 




Have fun making these and spreading some Love! 


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