D.I.Y. clay Christmas name tags

Get creative with these easy-to-make clay Christmas name tags. The clay is air drying, so no kiln required!

Tools and materials

Air dry clay (we used Boyle air drying clay in White)

BBQ skewer

Craft knife

Gloss water-based sealer 

Raffia (we used Whites natural raffia)

Rolling pin 


1. Roll out clay

Roll the clay into an even 4mm-thick slab with a rolling pin.

2. Cut clay to name tag shape

To make the tags, use a craft knife to cut 100mm x 40mm rectangles, leaving them to dry for half an hour.

Tip: Letting the clay dry slightly before cutting makes it easier to work with.

3. Engrave name into each tag

On each tag, carve a name with the knife, using a skewer to punch a hole through one end, leaving to dry completely.

4. Roll beads and punch hole in centre

To make beads, roll a piece of clay into a thin log, flatten it slightly and slice it into 10mm-long pieces, leaving to dry for half an hour. Pierce the centre with a skewer and leave to dry completely.

5. Seal the clay

Finish the beads and tags with two coats of sealer, leaving to dry thoroughly after each coat.

6. Assemble all pieces with raffia

Thread a 400mm length of raffia through the holes in the tags, thread both ends through beads and secure with a knot.

Now you’ve got the decorations, start planning the gifts!

Take a look at our Christmas gift guide, you’re sure to find a gift to suit anyone, on any budget.


Photo credit: Brigid Arnott


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