la Brocanteuse

Jan 16, 2012

Beach wrapping

 Here at our beach house,away from my very organised "gift" cupboard at home, I had to make do of what is available and had fun too

The DAS pronto clay has been lying in a drawer for  quite a few years already, a project that never  happened, and was still in perfect order..

 I rolled the clay, made a few circles ,
using the bottom of a glass to shape, 
and  stars using a cookie cutter

while the tags were still damp, I  stamped them with a rubber stamp , laying it onto the rough linen , to give the back some texture  as well.

 using a tooth pick to make little holes at the top, 
tip: as the  tag dries out, the little hole tends to close up slightly, so a good idea is to check on it and open the hole again gently using the tooth pick

any raised object  can be pressed onto the clay to give a interesting look, I used a large old coin to impress a profile, and a small shell to make little imprints on the edges of the round tags.

When the tags were completely dry, I varnished them with  clear nail varnish since that is what I had available. It worked perfect and easy.

the note card I used to write a special note on, is a collage of photo's previously shared on my blog of our beach house . I combined it into one photo and printed it in  black and white.

tiny shells and driftwood from Dd's daily collection was added to the loose ends of the string tied around the very pink box

for a  friend...
The gift: 
A candle snuffer and a selection of candles 
from a local gift shop:
"Beach House Living" in  Hermanus

Colette can never have enough candles at a beach house....


Unknown said...

Hi Collette how absolutely beautiful ! love the coins too your chum must have been VERY happy with the pink box its looks absolutely delicious sadly i cant do things like that here !! shortage of drift wood dont you know !! tee hee Brava

Fay xxx and the bucket is TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS !

The House That A-M Built said...

Oh what a beautiful gift Colette. Too beautiful to unwrap! You are so talented. A-M xx

Lady of the Woods said...

How very ingenious and creative! I imagine they will love receiving that gift especially knowing how it was carefully crafted! blessings, Lady

helen tilston said...

Hello Collette

Thank you for sharing how to make these little clay tags. You are very creative and I like your original twist on things.

Have a great week
Helen xx

Acquired Objects said...

This looks like so much fun Colette and you're so creative. I think if I received a package like the one you gave away I would never open it since the outside is to pretty. What a great idea for gift tags!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

French said...

Such pretty tags....and what a treat to receive a gift with a homemade tag....wishing you a lovely week, Col~

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Colette,

You have a way with gift wrapping! Making those clay tag ornaments was genial. If I would receive such a gift, I would sit there and admire the outside of it before ever opening it. So good that you did preserve its fabulous looks on photo...
Love to you crafty lady,


Sharon Lee Johnson said...

I made some clay tags to hang on dried branches on my stoep for Christmas. They turned out so well that I might just leave them up all year. Yours are even nicer though! I'd love to know where I can get a stamp with the script writing on it. I love that idea. Lucky person who got that beautiful present! x Sharon PS. Best of luck for the new school year. I have just finished covering about 85 books!

la fourchette said... can never have enough candles anywhere, non?!

What a lovely project! Glad this made it to the top of your 'to do' list. I'm inspired and this goes onto my 'to do' list now!


Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Col,
Love the tags, I have never made them but you have inspired me to make some. I love the printed stars, the burlap grain to them is perfect :)

Thank you for inspiration.
see you and your beauty soon.
blowing sea kisses your way.

Cathy said...

What a great idea!! I can see that you're having a relaxing time at the beach - and successfully avoiding the oven that is Stellenbosch at the moment!! Enjoy. Cath xx

Anonymous said...

You are BEYOND clever my friend! What a lovely thoughtful gift to receive...your friend must have been thrilled!
Your holiday sounds wonderful and restful and the perfect way to recharge to face the New Year!

Karen@PasGrande-Chose said...

Love your clay shapes, Colette, and your beach house posts are making me so nostalgic for a Cape Christmas and summer I could cry! said...

what a lovely gift, so much love went into making it extra special for your friend - she must have been thrilled with such a beautifully wrapped gift.