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Getting Crafty: dough tags 12.11.2012

Look who’s back and just in time for your holiday gift-wrapping! Our DIY genius, put together a unique and really fun way to add a sweet finishing touch to your gifts. And, as designers, of course, we appreciate the typographic appeal! We hope you love it as much as we do!! Thanks for sharing this with us, Laura!

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll wrap all of those gifts! If you want to get crafty and personalize your tags, this is the perfect project for you! With a simple salt dough (I first saw here) you’ll be making custom tags for everyone on your list in no time. 

-salt dough (1/4 c salt, 1/4 c water, 1/2 flour)
-cookie sheet
-stamp set
-ink pads
-small juice glass (or circle cookie cutter)
-wooden skewer
Step 1: Roll out the salt dough onto a floured surface, making the dough about 1/4″ thick.
Step 2: Using the juice glass as a cookie cutter, cut out several shapes and transfer them to a cookie sheet.


Step 3: Plan out what you want to stamp on each tag. Ink the stamp using whatever color you wish and stamp directly onto the unbaked dough. You won’t need to press very hard on this step, as the dough is soft. I used a combination of stamp sets for a variety of styles.


Step 4: With the wooden skewer make a hole in the top of each gift tag to later be used to tie onto each gift. Make sure to wiggle the wooden skewer around otherwise the dough will spread and leave you with too small of a hole. If you have a regular drinking straw around the house, that will work for this step as well.


Step 5: With an oven set to 325, bake the gift tags for about an hour, or until stiff. Once finished, let cool. Finally, wrap your gifts and get to gifting! I have a gift exchange to attend this year, which I thought the question mark stamp was perfect for!


comments 7

  1. Ali (A Dash of Details)

    These are darling! You girls are so creative!!

    December 12, 2012 4:02 pm
  2. Sarah Jane | Clean & Proper

    Love this idea! So creative and such a great way to make the presents even more personal. Thanks for sharing!

    December 12, 2012 5:38 pm
  3. Danielle

    Great way to add a personal touch to a the gift wrapping process. Thanks for sharing!

    December 13, 2012 6:37 am
  4. Jeanee


    December 21, 2012 3:53 pm
  5. Gina

    Where do you buy paperbag wrappings? :)

    December 22, 2012 8:40 pm
    • ampersand

      We’ve found kraft paper wrapping at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or at stores like Target. They also have it at and
      Hope this helps.

      January 2, 2013 3:35 am
  6. sarah

    cute DIY for closer to the holidays maybe. very easy!

    August 26, 2013 1:50 pm

loving: link collective furoshiki 08.17.2012

We love a product that does double (and triple…) duty, especially when it’s beautifully designed. Perfect example: furoshikis by Link Collective. “Furoshiki” is Japanese traditional wrapping cloth. How Link describes it: “It can be used in multiple ways, for bundling or gift-wrapping all sorts of things. We think this particular lighter-weight furoshiki works well for more delicate wrapping and perfectly as a scarf, and it softens up the more you wear and wash it. One simple and beautiful piece of cloth and the list is endless. Tie it and see!” The beautiful designs are printed on 100% cotton satin by hand using traditional Japanese printing techniques. The leather strap you see pictured above where the furoshiki is transformed into a purse is also available on the Link Collective etsy shop and can be added without damaging the fabric in any way! What a great gift (for someone else OR yourself).




comments 2

  1. McKenna Ryan

    What a beautiful scarf!! I love the first one! I also really like how you found new ways to use all of the scarves.

    August 17, 2012 3:50 pm
  2. Emily Walters

    I think Betsy, at bon bon atelier is going to give a fabric wrapping class sometime in October or November. Very similar to this stuff, but with fabric or scarves. We should all attend!

    August 18, 2012 12:16 am

Getting crafty: Day of the week lunch bags 06.12.2012

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! A visit from Laura Parke is making our Tuesday morning sunnier! Check out her latest brilliant project idea (we were pretty much dying over this one):
Who wouldn’t love day of the week lunch bags? It’s a clever take on the old school name doodle my mom would create for me in my younger days and it’s super easy to create yourself.
materials: paper lunch bags, reverse printed image from a laser printer or copier, colorless blender marker (found at art supply stores)

Step 1: Cut out each image you want on your lunch bag. The trimming doesn’t have to be perfect as only the ink will transfer to the paper sack.

Step 2: Line up your image, face down, onto the bag in the place you want it to transfer.

Step 3: Using the colorless blender, color over the image to get it wet, making sure to hold your paper in place while doing so. You’ll want to cover the ink several times to ensure a good transfer.

Step 4: Keeping the image flat on the bag, take any flat surface (like a debit card) and burnish the image thoroughly. During this process, you might want to lift a corner of the image to make sure it is transferring successfully. If it is not, just color over it again and burnish it with more pressure. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the ink transfer.

Step 5: Continue this process on all of the bags until you have all of your images transferred. These are dry to the touch immediately. The great thing about these bags is that the image can be personalized or customized to say anything you want. The possibilities are endless!

comments 3

  1. Josephine Kimberling

    LOVE this! Now I’ll be thinking up different ways and projects that I can use this technique for!

    June 12, 2012 2:01 pm
  2. Lindsey @ be pretty

    STOP IT! Obsessed with this adorable idea! :)

    June 12, 2012 3:59 pm
  3. Morgan

    oh SO glad you guys like it!!! That Laura, she’s our crafty gal!!! :)

    June 12, 2012 7:17 pm

pretty package: helios 06.04.2012

why Hello Helios! We just wanted to tell you we love your packaging. I mean, this is just a slam dunk – gorgeous color, loads of surface patterns and this packaging was all designed with function at the top of mind. These photos should cheer up your Monday morning! Make sure you head ever to Lovely Package to get all the details and see even more  photos of this gorgeous packaging collection!!

All packaging designs by Uniform. All photos from Lovely Package.

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pretty package: chock full of goodness pack 03.07.2012


Right, so I’ll be the first to admit that this is super random, but these collections of ephemera over at Felt & Wire Shop just caught my eye. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing and pick things like this up at garage sales, antique malls, wherever I can find it, and these just seem like really good little groupings. And, they’re only $15. Fun!

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