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Salt Dough Gift Tags

Salt Dough Gift Tags
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: 2+ hours

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Jen Hansard
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I am always amazed at how fast we fill up the trash can on Christmas morning. From wrapping paper to toy packaging--it all makes it into the trash. Well last year, I decided to try something new: make reusable gift tags and use fabric for wrapping presents. It definitely alleviated the trash pile up! Each child has the first letter of their name stamped onto the tag so they know whose present it is. Bonus: The tags look really cute on fabric-wrapped presents under the tree!

What You'll Need

How We Did It

Salt Dough Gift Tags

First, we mixed flour, salt, and water in a large bowl.

Salt Dough Gift Tags

With our hands, we made a ball of dough and kneaded it until it was smooth and firm. It took us five minutes of tag-teaming it to get it smooth.

Salt Dough Gift Tags

We rolled the ball out with a rolling pin until the dough was about 1/4" thick. My daughter thought this part was fun because it was just like making sugar cookies.

Salt Dough Gift Tags

Then we used cookie cutters to make shapes in the dough. We used various shapes to help fill in the empty space so we could get the most out of the dough.

Salt Dough Gift Tags

We did this on a plastic place mat so it was easy to move around.

Salt Dough Gift Tags

After using a straw and poking holes into the top of each shape...

Salt Dough Gift Tags

...we stamped the dough lightly with a rubber stamp so that the letter imprinted into the dough. A few times, we stamped hard enough that the edge of the stamp also left an imprint--but there's beauty in imperfection!

If you'd like, you can also use a stamp pad (ink) to add color to the gift tags.

Salt Dough Gift Tags

We let the dough dry. We sped the process up a bit by putting them in the over at 200 degrees for 10 minutes and then turning the oven off, yet left the dough tags in it to dry.

We were so pleased with how they turned out--and I love that we can use them year after year!

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I like this idear

posted by: Tamara on 9.17.2014

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Good job

posted by: Tamara on 9.17.2014

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how much does this recipe yield?

posted by: Leeat on 12.17.2013

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I love this project (we did it last year and now I'm printing out the instructions to make them again this year). I'm just commenting to make a request: please fix the "print instructions" link. I've now just wasting 6 extra pieces of paper because even the comments and links at the end printed.

posted by: Katie on 12.3.2013

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My child and I completed Salt Dough Gift Tags. We added food coloring and Young Living essential oils after baking/cooling. Frogs, stars, trees, and angels! Very cute!

posted by: Tyreese on 9.5.2013

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I am going to do this for Valentine's day and use a Heart shape cookie cutter. Could be a tag for a gift or we may use it to make a necklace for his teacher using a few different size shapes with glitter :) Thanks for the instructions!!

posted by: Tracy on 2.3.2013

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posted by: Jenny on 2.1.2013

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I was thinking that if you added some cinnamon, or cloves, or nutmeg, or some other nicely scented spice (or dried lavender if you have any) that these tags/ornaments would smell lovely too. It would change the final look though, more speckledy probably...

posted by: Erin on 11.29.2012

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Yummy! I love this idea! You could even add a few drops of evergreen or cedar essential oil too so that it makes the tree smell stronger.

posted by: Jen on 12.23.2012

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That's a great idea! I will try them that way.

posted by: Yael on 11.30.2012

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Love this - has anyone tried painting these? Any tips on the best type of paint to use?

posted by: Yvonne on 10.24.2012

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Acrylic paint w/ sealer

posted by: Johannah on 10.28.2012

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Do you paint them before or after you cook them.

posted by: Heather on 12.2.2012

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I would paint them after baking them— The color will be more intense that way.

posted by: Jen on 12.23.2012

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how heavy are they can they be used to hang on the tree?

posted by: Francesca on 12.5.2012

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They can definitely hang on the tree— when I was little that's what we did with them. The thicker they are, the heavier they will be— just keep that in mind when rolling out the dough.

posted by: Jen on 12.23.2012

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Can you add food coloring or decorate these in other ways to make them into ornaments?

posted by: Julie on 12.20.2012

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Hi Julie. You could definitely add food coloring to the dough while making it— or even beet juice/ berry juice and it turns out beautifully.

posted by: Jen on 12.23.2012

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My neice and I completed Salt Dough Gift Tags.

posted by: Yvonne on 12.13.2012

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completed Salt Dough Gift Tags. Take a look!

posted by: Johannah on 10.28.2012

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Beautiful!

posted by: Yael on 12.6.2012

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posted by: Lacy on 12.4.2012

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Wow, this is a great idea! I love their simplicity- beautiful!!

posted by: Heather and Ingrid on 12.1.2012

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