Making Clay Labels.

I love the process of making things. Recently, I created these clay labels to affix to my copper bathroom baskets because I wanted something that looked nice and was waterproof. If you are crafty and have some baking soda and corn starch around, these might just be up your alley.

You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Bamboo Skewer (or something similar in size to punch holes through clay for affixing
  • Alphabet Letter Punch Stamps (or you can just let it dry and hand write on the dry clay with markers or paint)
  • Fine Tipped Marker Pen
  • Decoupage Glue (optional)
  1. Make the clay: I used this super easy recipe. It requires baking soda, corn starch, and water. That’s it. It also stores well in the refrigerator. I made the original labels in November, this dough is left over from then!  
  2. Roll the clay. I rolled it between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick mainly with patting it out with my hands. I wanted something pretty durable and was okay to wait for it to dry. I grabbed my small measuring glass to shape the labels. Use whatever you have on hand. 
  3. Stamp out the clay. Just after I stamped the shape out, I put holes in with a bamboo skewer and gathered my stamping set. Next I stamped my labels into the wet clay. It is important to stamp lightly as too much pressure will show the letter with a circle around it. 
  4. Let dry. I let it dry overnight, flipped it in the morning and let that side dry through the day.
  5. Color in the letters. In order for the text to stand out, I traced in the letters with a very fine tipped felt tipped pen.
  6. Wipe with decoupage clue. I wanted to protect the labels from the moisture so I wiped a coat of glue water over the top of them. Decoupage glue works, but I used my boy’s school glue mixed with water just fine.
  7. Affix. Finally, I used white cotton twine to affix the labels to my copper baskets.

Making our home space joyful and tidy is the ultimate fun for me. I hope to post tidy crafts once a month. Please subscribe to my blog and check back often. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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