Get Crafty: DIY Faux Ceramic Gift Tags


Lauren is one of my go-to girls for anything creative (she worked with me on Sweet Lemon Mag & created those lovely custom watercolors for my blog), so I knew she'd come up with something DIY-worthy for the holidays.

Her inspiration came from Anthropologie's ceramic gift tags, where she got the idea to whip up a batch of her own using a favorite childhood medium, shrink film (remember Shrinky Dinks?). These tags would be so fun to make (hello, blast from the past!) and are completely customizable – the perfect finishing touch for all of your pretty presents. Here's the how-to, with tips from Lauren ...

- Pen or Pencil
- Permanent Markers, Acrylic Paints, or Colored Pencils
- Parchment Paper
- Scissors
- Hole Punch
- Baking Sheet & Oven

ILLUSTRATE your tags on the Shrink Film paper. I recommend starting with pencil, and then filling in with permanent markers, acrylic paints, or colored pencil.  Crafty tips: Make it big! Your end result will be 20% of the original size. If you choose to use colored pencil on White shrink paper, you will need to sand the surface first.  

CUT OUT your designs carefully. I recommend a small sharp set of scissors for better precision.

BAKE at 325 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Use a non-stick baking sheet and cover the tags with parchment paper. The tags will curl while shrinking. You’ll know they’re done when they’ve flattened out.   

FINISH the tags off with a bit of twine or ribbon. If they are still curled over slightly after you remove them from the oven, quickly flatten them out using a spatula.   

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  1. We used to make these in girl scouts way back in the day. Obviously they weren't as cute as these.

  2. These are adorable! Definitely going to try it out!

  3. They definitely bring back some crafting memories :) I love that you could create a little supply and use them year-round!

  4. What a cute idea! I loved shrinky dinks as a kid, the grown-up version is even better!


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