Friday, November 9, 2012

martha stewart crafts diy: Floating Gift Tags

Thanks to Plaid, I was able to try out supplies from the Martha Stewart Craft line to create a holiday themed project. (This is actually just one of a few!)

I decided to use the Martha Stewart glass paints on recycled plastic...something a bit unconventional! With a surface similar to glass, I thought it'd be an interesting experiment. I call them "floating" gift tags because the clear plastic creates the illusion that the names and images are hanging out in thin air.


Within the next few weeks, I'm planning on posting a roundup of s&p projects that are perfect for holiday gift giving. These DIY gift tags will pretty much complete your handmade gift :)

 These gift tags end up being much cheaper than store bought tags, not to mention they're completely customizable as well. When all is said and done, you can either tape the tags directly to a present, or attach a strand of embroidery thread with tape or hot glue.

See how I made them below! --

First off, some snapshots of the Martha Stewart Craft supplies:

What I Used:

- Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Stencils (Typewriter Alphabet & Holiday Icons II)
- Martha Stewart Crafts Dauber Set
- Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints (available in Gloss, Pearl, Frost, Metallic and Glitter..!!!!)

c/o The Blueprint Social and Plaid/Martha Stewart Crafts

I also used gold & white craft tape (also known as washi tape, and is pictured above) along with some scrap recycled plastic and a pair of sharp scissors!

1) I started off by cutting a piece of plastic in the size that I wanted. I then cut another piece in the same exact size, so that I had two rectangles of plastic. Next, I placed the stencil letters and image that I wanted to use. Don't forget to wipe off the plastic to remove any dust/etc. before starting!

2) Using the daubers, pat the paint over the stencils. If you've never used a dauber before, I'd recommend practicing on extra plastic. This will help you determine the right amount of pressure and paint to use.

3) While the paint is still wet, carefully peel off the stencils. Gently wash the stencils with soap and water, and pat dry.

4) When the paint is dry to the touch, place the second piece of plastic on top. Trim if needed.

5) Attach the two pieces together by folding craft tape around the edges.

6) Continue until all four sides are sealed off. 

Again, you can either tape them to a gift or attach embroidery thread with more tape or a hot glue gun to hang them from a bag. I'm thinking I'm going to do the latter, but I have yet to figure out how I'm packaging my little homemade gifts this year.

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The next few DIY's here at s&p will include scarves, more beanies, a cool weather jacket and maybe even a suitcase. More to come soon!



Products and payment were received via The Blueprint Social ( and Martha Stewart Crafts for this post. However, opinions and comments are 100% my own.