Swirl Cap Characters

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Add some festive flair to your Christmas packages with these quick-and-simple holiday gift tags.

Materials

  • Craft foam (for each): white, 6” square; red, 3”x4”
  • Flannel fabric, 1-1⁄2”x14” (snowman’s scarf)

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: white, ivory, hot pink, crimson, orange
  • Pinking shears
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, tracing paper, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

7″ tall

Swirl Cap Characters

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Trace hat outline only onto red foam, and remaining patterns onto white; cut out. Using long, smooth strokes, cut swirls in hats. Cut two 3⁄4”x3-1⁄4” hat bands from white using pinking shears.

2. Transfer faces. For Santa, basecoat face Ivory. While paint is still wet, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink. When dry, paint nose and mouth Crimson and eyebrows White.

3. Using pattern as guide, draw details with black fine-tip permanent marker.

4. For snowman, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink and paint nose Orange. Draw details with marker. Tie scarf around neck.

5. Adhere bottom edges of hats to tops of heads and hat bands to hats. To hang, separate swirl and place on package. Write recipient’s name on hat band.

Tip

  • Need a last-minute gift? Kids can easily create these gift tags as ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Santa Tag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use pre-made embellishments to craft this playful Christmas tag in a hurry.

Materials

  • Pretty Little Studio: Vintage Santa Claus Diecut; Christmas at Home Collection Deck the Halls Paper Ribbons, Comfort and Joy 8”x8” Paper, Merry Shipping Tags
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Lovely Collection Pins
  • Green button
  • Green sequins
  • Trims: red/white baker’s twine, sheer white ribbon

Tools

  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape, tiny clear dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

2-3/4”x5-1/4”

Santa Tag

1. Cut 2”x2-3/4” Comfort and Joy paper strip; notch end with scissors. Adhere to right side of shipping tag.

2. Cut and adhere two paper ribbon banners to first banner.

3. Adhere Santa Claus diecut using foam tape.

4. Tie ribbon bow and adhere to top of tag with clear dots. Thread button with twine, knotting ends at front. Adhere button to bow with clear dots. Push two pins through bow behind button.

5. Adhere sequins with clear dots.

Tip

  • Do not leave tag laying in presence of small children; small components and pins present a choking hazard.

by Celeste Brodnik

Cloud Clay Embellished Christmas Tags

This time of the year, I am looking to get my presents made and wrapped and to do it all in a creative way and ahead of time. The holiday season is a great time to showcase your DIY talents but, let’s face it, anything that takes hours of work probably isn’t going to get done. Today I have a quick-and-easy Christmas-themed project that combines the drying convenience of AMACO Cloud Clay – a quick-drying air dry clay – recycled clothing tags, glitter, and paint. It hits all the sweet spots: it’s easy, it’s quick, it isn’t messy, it recycles, and it has glitter!

What you’ll need:

  • Small Christmas Tree cookie cutter (mine is about 1-1/2” tall)
  • AMACO Green Cloud Clay
  • Recycled clothing tags (or hand-cut/die-cut tags)
  • Chalkboard paint or other acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • Your choice of decorations (I used glitter and white glue, glitter glue, and pale gold acrylic paint)

Start by pinching off a palm-sized piece of Cloud Clay and knead it to warm it up and soften it. Pull it and fold it until it is nice and supple. Roll a piece of the Cloud Clay into a long snake.

Bend the clay snake into a series of loops and push them together gently to make a lumpy rectangle of clay which is larger than the cookie cutter.

Press the cookie cutter into the clay.

Gently remove the clay shape from the cookie cutter (you can ease it out by pressing a small ball of Cloud Clay to the back of the shape – the clay will stick to itself so you can use the ball as a handle to pull the shape out of the cookie cutter.) Cut away the ball of clay with a pair of sharp scissors.

Set aside the shape to dry as you repeat the process to make more trees.

As the Christmas trees are drying, you can decorate them. Here are some ideas:

Using a tube of glitter glue, run lines of glitter along the dips in the clay.

Using white glue, dot the glue on the tree and then dredge with glitter. Wait until the glue is dry to brush off the excess glitter and return it to the tube.

Paint the tree with a generous coat of gold acrylic paint. Wait about 30 seconds then wipe the excess off using a paper towel – the paint will have settled into the depressions in the shape.

Draw on the tree – I use a Ranger Inkssentials white marker.

While your trees finish drying, coat the tags with a coat of paint – I used black chalkboard paint but you can use any color or type of paint. You may need a couple coats of paint to cover the tags.

Cut pieces of ribbon 10″ long and knot through the tags (you may need to punch larger holes in the tags to take wider ribbon).

Attach the Christmas Trees to the tags using glue or dimensional glue dots.

If you use chalkboard paint, you can write on the tags using chalk – other dark paints will take gel pens and lighter paints will take permanent markers.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)

Holiday Wine Tags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a variety of holiday wine tags to toast your favorite host or hostess.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Primitive White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things My Favorite Felt: Wild Cherry, Gumdrop Green
  • Sequins

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Poinsettia, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase
  • Craft glue

Directions

Joy Tag

1. Using Let’s Toast Die-namics Die, die cut one wine bottle tag from Primitive White Cardstock.

2. Die cut two large and two small flowers from Wild Cherry Felt using Poinsettia Die-namics Die.

3. Die cut letters j, o, and y from Gumdrop Green Felt using High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase Die-namics Dies.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble poinsettia layers and adhere.

5. Adhere sequins to poinsettia center.

6. Adhere poinsettia to top left side of bottle tag.

7. Adhere “joy” letters to bottle tag.

Other Holiday Tags

Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a variety of gift-giving occasions. Use the supplies listed below and the photo as a guide to create these holiday tags.

Brr! Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase; Let It Snowflake
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Limeade Buttons; My Favorite Felt Bubblegum, Gumdrop Green

Happy Holidays Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice, Kraft, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Large Scale Backgrounds, Ornament Banner Builder, Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Jumbo Christmas Stocking
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Electric Red Buttons

Let’s Celebrate Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Steel Grey, Steel Blue
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Birthday Sentiments, Timeless, Cooper Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Stacking Stars
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Steel Grey
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Grapesicle

Thank You Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Fuse Green
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Plaid Background Builder, Big Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Fall Leaves
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Hot Fudge, Fuse Green
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Hot Fudge, Tangy Orange Button, Hemp Cord

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)