We love making crafts with homemade dough and for years we’ve been wanting to create some tags that we can use on our Handmade Christmas Gifts. This simply stamped salt dough gift tags craft uses our white homemade clay recipe and can also double up as a Christmas tree ornament. So here we go our how to make salt dough gift tags for Christmas.
We’ve made this a really simple and quick craft.
You can use either our white salt dough recipe which produced a much brighter white tag at the end than the classic salt dough. In the printable how-to instructions below we’ve included the materials for making these white! However, if you wish to paint the tags after you have stamped them the other recipe is probably better.
When making these you can either airdry them, microwave them very carefully so that they don’t burn or oven-dry them. Our finished ones here are oven-dried as we had it on a very low heat to create our dried orange slices for some garlands this year.
When making the dough tags it’s really important that you remember to place the hole before drying as the salt dough is very hard and will crack if you try and make it afterwards.
Specialist Equipment we Used for tHis Salt Dough Ornament & Gift Tag Craft
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We used this specific white acrylic paint to colour the salt dough. We haven’t tried any other but this worked really well.
Our Cookie Stamp (Press) is part of this set but you can buy lots of different designs check out our Christmas Crafts, Activities and Recipes list over in our Amazon Store in the USA or in the UK for more designs and recommendations.
- Rolling Pin
- 2 1/2" Pastry Cutter
- Christmas Cookie Press Snowflake Design (or other if you wish)
- Straw or Knitting Needle for making a hole
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup warm water
- white acrylic paint
- greaseproof paper
- Preheat the oven to 100C
- In a bowl mix together the salt and flour.
- Add in 1/4 of a cup of warm water and mix. If the dough is not forming then add in a little more water.
- Whilst in the bowl squeeze in some white acrylic paint and knead thoroughly. We used two large squirts to get the white dough.
- Turn out onto a surface and wash your hands and bowl immediately.
- With a rolling pin roll out the salt dough to around 1/2cm thick.
- Now using the pastry cutter cut out some circles with the none-fluted edge.
- Roll out and use the excess to create more gift tags.
- Once you have all the dough used with the cookie press stamp in your snowflake (or other design) onto each cookie.
- Wash this immediately after use so that any acrylic residue will not remain.
- With a straw place a hole in each gift tag.
- Place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
- Put the tray into the oven for 1 hour.
- Check that the salt dough gift tags are dry. If they are remove and allow to cool.
- Thread ribbon to attach to the gifts for Christmas presents.