Call me crazy, but when someone showed me how to make salt dough tags it blew my mind. I must have forgotten this small piece of genius from childhood. I do remember making salt dough maps, though, which I recently imparted on my dear son this year while we study Washington State history. My mentor Amy Howard showed me how to make these with her one step paint to use on Christmas gifts, so I grabbed a friend (last year) and went to town.

I know there are a lot of posts out there about this, but I want to show you how to do it with PAINT and STAMPS! It’s so fun and a great way to make eco-friendly, reusable tags for Christmas and other occasions. On that note, if you haven’t seen my post about eco-friendly wrapping ideas, check it out here.

Ok, let’s jump right into it, because who has time for small talk? We have wrapping to do!, Ok, let’s go!


INSTRUCTIONS: The written instruction are below, but if you are a visual person, you may want to watch a video. Here’s a tutorial from my mentor Amy Howard.

Step 1: Mix your dry and wet ingredients separately.

Step 2: Slowly add about 1/2 of the wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Then put your gloves on and start kneading the dough. Once its mixed in well, add the remaining water/paint mixture and continue to knead. Please the dough in a air tight container and let it refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Set out a pastry mat or clean your surface well and then coat with some flour. Take out the dough mix and roll it out with a rolling pin to about 1/4 in thickness, not less because it might break.

Step 4: Cut out your desired shapes with a cookie cutter or even the lip of a cup and set aside.

Step 5: Cut out the stamps of choice from the plastic sheet they come on. Be sure to leave enough edge to hold on to. Now, take your ink and squeeze a dime size onto a paper plate. Take your foam dome and swirl it around in the ink, being sure to coat the bottom of the foam with 100% coverage of ink. Make sure its not too much or too little. Now dab the foam dome into the raised parts of he stencil, being sure to cover it 100%

Step 6: Take the stamp and gently press it into the dough where you want the image. press it down firmly and equally. Then, lift it off and set aside.

Step 7: Take the end of a pencil eraser and poke a hole in the top for a string. Set aside to dry for a few days (no need to bake).

Step 8: Add some ribbon and ENJOY!

Now you can use these as gift tags as I did here or as ornaments. So, how many will you make and which stamp design is your favorite? Tell me below in the comments.

Thanks guys! Happy Crafting!


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