Hey there! I am thrilled to introduce you to an exciting Thanksgiving craft that will add a wonderful touch to your holiday table. This project involves using air-dry clay and pie stamps to create personalized and unique place cards. Do not worry, I will provide you with a step-by-step guide throughout the entire process. Additionally, we will use paint, twine, and a brown paper bag to give our place cards a festive feel.
Pie stamps which can be obtained from Joann's
A hole puncher
A brown paper bag (or any other material you prefer to use as a template), one pencil, and scissors.
Working with air clay
Begin by flattening the air-dry clay, using either your hands or a roller. Once the clay has been flattened, use the pie stamps to press your desired design into the clay. Following the stamping process, remove any excess clay around the outer edge of the stamp and use the stamp press to release your clay design.
It's worth noting that for optimal results, it's best to wait until your clay has fully dried before applying paint. It's recommended to let the clay dry for at least 24 hours. If you plan to add twine to your clay creation, you can make the process easier by creating a hole in the clay before it dries. This can be done by using a small paintbrush to gently push into the clay and create the hole.
Adding Acrylic paint
To create your clay design, first apply acrylic paint to each stamp using a paintbrush. After painting, set the design aside.
Creating and tracing a design
Next, take a paper bag and either trace a template or design your own shape. For example, consider tracing a wooden keychain onto a paper bag. After tracing or cutting out the tag, use letter stamps to imprint names or initials onto the paper.
Using a hole puncher, make holes on each side of the paper tags.
Designing and adding beads to paper tags
String a few wooden beads onto the twine, then pull the twine through the paper tag and tie it off. Be sure to leave enough twine to pull it through the clay design. Once the twine is pulled through the clay, tie it off. You should now have the clay, paper tag, and wooden beads at the top of the paper bag.
Your custom Thanksgiving place cards are complete! I love that I personalized each one using clay, letter stamps, and pie stamps, and reused a paper bag.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you had fun making your personalized place cards, and I'm sure your guests will love them!
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