Gather essential supplies and create the perfect Clay Craft Basket Tags to add to baskets for your children this Easter. Why spend money on costly tags when you can make handmade ones customized to your liking? Plus, this is a great way to jazz up a THRIFT STORE BASKET!!!
If you would like to create a custom Easter basket tag for each person in your family, you can follow the tutorial steps. It is a clay craft involving a Cricut machine to put together beautiful tags that your loved ones can hold onto as keepsakes. BUT, have no fear if you don’t have a Cricut machine. Feel free to use a marker if you like.
These DIY gift tags are fun and easy to make. You can customize them by using different colors and personalize them with each person’s name. Once you make the tags, you can tie them to each person’s Easter basket in your family.
Supplies for Creating Clay Craft Basket Tags
When you want to make Easter Basket Tags from scratch instead of buying them, you will need certain supplies. These are the items to add to your supply list:
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- Cricut Machine. You may already have a Cricut machine available to use to create these unique tags.
- Unfinished Wood Beads. You can find unfinished wood beads in craft stores and online websites.
- Paint Brush. Grab any paintbrush you feel comfortable using.
- Chalk Paint. Choose chalk paint in Easter colors, such as pastel purple and yellow.
- Cricut Scraper Tool. The scraper tool will help you remove parts of the tag when using your Cricut machine.
- Bunny Cookie Cutter. Use a bunny cookie or any other type of Easter-themed cookie cutter to create the perfect shape for your tags.
Besides these supplies, you should also have the Cricut weeding tool, a large grip mat, wax paper, gray oracle permanent vinyl, transfer tape, small dowel or straw, and air dry paper clay to create these Easter Basket Tags.
How to Make a Clay Craft Gift Tag
When following these simple steps, you can create custom Easter Basket Tags for your loved ones with ease.
Working With Your Clay
The first thing you need to do is place a sheet of wax paper on a flat surface, such as the kitchen table. Start rolling your clay out on the wax sheet, flipping it repeatedly to make sure it is as smooth as possible on both sides.
If you are dealing with slightly dry clay, you can add a bit of water to get it moist again. Grab the cookie cutter you selected and press it down on your clay to create the perfect shape. Use a straw to make a small hole at the top or bottom of the shape because you will put your twine through it. Let your clay shapes dry for up to 48 hours.
After waiting a day or two for your clay shapes to dry, it is time to start painting them. You can use your paintbrush and chalk paint to cover the tags with different Easter-themed colors.
Allow your paint to dry. It may take another 24 hours to dry completely. While you wait for your shapes to dry, you can begin painting your unfinished wood beads.
Add Your Twine to the Tags
Once dry, you can begin putting twine through the holes that you created in your clay shapes with the straw. Make sure to tie a tight knot at the top of the hole. You can begin putting wood beads on the twine. You may want to use beads of different colors to make it look more decorative. After you have added the beads, go ahead and tie an additional knot at the top to keep your beads together on the twine.
Start Using Your Cricut
Use design space with your Cricut to select the text you will use to personalize each Easter Basket Tag. The size of the text depends primarily on the length of the name. You can choose any font style that you like best. After selecting the font, load the gray oracle 651 vinyl on your blue mat and into the Cricut.
Select vinyl through the app and start the process of creating your text vinyl. Cut the vinyl and then use the weeding tool to eliminate any extra vinyl between the name’s letters. Cut extra transfer tape, remove the carrier sheet, and put the sticky transfer paper over the vinyl. Apply a bit of pressure using your scraper tool while rubbing back and forth. You may then place your vinyl text on top of your clay shape.
- Unfinished wood beads
- White, yellow and purple chalk paint (or any desired Easter colors)
- Gray Oracle permanent 651 vinyl
- Transfer tape
- DAS air dry paper clay
- Cricut machine
- Light blue grip Cricut mat
- Cricut weeding tool
- Cricut scrapper tool or old credit card
- Bunny cookie cutter or any shape you prefer
For easiest cleanup and drying, use wax paper for this step if you
Layout a sheet of wax paper and begin to roll out the clay about 1/4
inch thick continuously flipping clay to ensure a smooth surface on
*HINT: If clay seems to be a bit dry, add a few drops of water. If clay
begins to form hairline cracks, lay a sheet of wax paper on top of the clay while using the heat and pressure from your hands to slowly smooth over the top surface of the clay.
Next, use the bunny cookie cutter to create the bunny shape. In order to create a hole to thread the twine, use a straw or cake pop stick towards the top of the cut-out.
Allow to fully dry for 24-48 hours. This is air dry clay, there is no need to use heat for drying.
Once the clay is fully dry, being to paint with white chalk paint and once again allow it to dry. While that is drying, paint the wood beads. I’m using two larger beads and two smaller beads.
*Note: Use a stick or small rod to string beads across for easier
Thread the twine through the clay bunny and tie a knot towards the top of the hole. Add wood beads, alternating colors, or sizes depending on what style you prefer. Once all beads are attached, tie another knot towards the top of the last bead to keep in place.
In the Cricut design space create the text with the name you will be adding for personalization. Sizing will depend on the length of the name, however, I’ve found a good size to be around 1.5” width by 0.5” height. Use any style font that you like.
Load the gray oracle 651 vinyl onto the blue mat, into the machine,
adjust material dial or setting in the app to “vinyl” and hit make it.
Once the vinyl has been cut, use your weeding tool (dentist looking tool) and remove the excess vinyl around and inside each letter.
Cut off enough transfer tape and remove the carrier sheet. Lay the
sticky transfer paper onto the weeded vinyl and apply pressure with
scraper tool or old credit card rubbing it back and forth.
Flip the design face down and slowly remove the vinyl’s backing
leaving the vinyl adhered to the transfer paper.
Now, apply the vinyl attached to the transfer tape to the finished clay bunny.
Use the scraper tool on the surface while applying pressure to the
adhered vinyl. Slowly and carefully remove the transfer tape off and
away from the pot. The vinyl will remain and adhere to the bunny.
Tie it to your basket and you’re all finished!
Step 9 (OPTIONAL)
Add fun charms or pom-poms to your tags to personalize them.
What to Do With Your Easter Basket Tags
After creating the clay craft, you can place them on your loved one’s Easter baskets. You may want to wrap these custom tags and hand them out as gifts to your children or other people in your family. If you enjoy putting the tags together, you can even end up creating and selling custom options to those who would like to buy them.
And, wouldn’t these be great to use for your organizing baskets around your home? Just use a different shape and you can make lots of tags to identify what’s inside those baskets.
When Should I Make These DIY Gift Tags?
The cool thing about these Easter Basket Tags is that you can make them for more than Easter. Let’s say you want to make tags for Christmas or a birthday, you can! These tags are very customizable, which means you can make them for any occasion. I will walk you through creating a gift tag, but you can use it for any event. This clay craft is always a hit in the craft department.
The next time you are trying to think of a craft to do with the family, give these Easter Basket Tags a try! They are so much fun and very versatile. If you end up making these tags, let me know in the comment section.
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