With Mother’s Day coming up, I had an idea for a gift tag that could be kept long after a present had been opened and would be a sweet reminder of the gift-giver. I came up with these gold leaf tags made from clay and stamped with a sweet message (like “World’s Best Mom” or “Mama” or “Love Always”) that that could be used later as a key chain, luggage tag or just a simple token to hang on a purse.
I love the idea of making a coupe and layering them together. You could use any stamp you wanted to make it completely custom to the person receiving the gift. And while you’re making these for someone else, go ahead and make a few extra for yourself with your initials for some pretty luggage tags (that’s what I did at least).
- oven bake clay
- cookie cutter (or a glass, anything to cut the shape you want)
- a straw to punch a hole
- spray adhesive
- metal leaf sheets.
Step 1: Roll out your clay to about 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutter, glass, or in my case, the top to an ink pad.
Step 2: Smooth out any rough edges.
Step 3: Stamp your message or design, using a good bit of pressure so there will be enough indentation to show through the gold leaf.
Step 3 and 1/2 (not shown): bake for 15-20 minutes at 275 degrees and allow to cool completely.
Step 4: Spray with metal leaf adhesive (make sure to get the sides) and let dry for about 2 minutes (or you can use a paint on version, but that requires much longer drying time).
Step 5: Lay gold leaf sheet down, making sure all sides are covered.
Step 6: Press in to the stamped indentations.
Step 7: Smooth all around, including the sides.
Step 8: Don’t forget the back! Turn over, spray, and leaf the backside.
I love this project because it’s reminiscent of something you would have made your mom as a little kid, but slightly more refined.