Ampersand Design Studio


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