DIY clay labels

I first crafted with clay in primary school art class, making clay labels in the shape of hearts, stars, flowers and so on. I must have done a pretty great job, as I was soon recruited by my teacher and spent a few afternoons after school painting hundreds of clay labels to sell at a fundraiser sale for the school.

The other day while browsing through Daiso, I came across packs of clay which immediately brought me back to those afternoons spent in the teacher's room, painting away like the teacher's pet that I was. I bought a pack on a whim and thought how cool would it be to make my own clay labels again.
Now that I am all grown up, I wanted to make labels that were a little bit fancier than the ones I painted in primary school. I liked to idea of making botanical and textured imprints and just winged it from there.

What I used: air hardening soft clay, cookie cutters, rolling pin, skewer, leaves, flowers, lace and alphabet/number cookie stamp embosser (I got mine from here).
1. To start, roll a piece of clay on non-stick baking paper or surface until it is about 4mm thick.

2. Add texture by placing a piece of lace over the clay, and roll over the top. Gently remove the lace.

3. Use cookie cutters to cut out desire shapes.

4. Use alphabet stamp to embossed words, quotes, anything you wish.

5. Use a skewer to make a hole at the top all the way through the clay.

6. Leave to dry for at least 48 hours.
To create a botanical imprint, I used rosemary, rondeletia, diosma and dried pistil of daisies for step #2 before the final rolling of the clay.
 8. Once completely dry, thread string, ribbons etc through the holes and knot at the back of the labels to secure.
 All done!
 Tips:
- I used my clay labels as gift tags but the possibilities are endless, really. I imagine they would work well as storage labels for the kitchen, as ornaments, wall art...
- I find that the more 'woody' type leaves/flowers work better in leaving an imprint on clay.
- You can paint the leaves or flowers before placing them paint side down on the clay for the final rolling.
- Use sandpaper to sand away any rough edges when the clay is completely dry.

79 Responses to DIY clay labels

caise said...

it is so beautiful!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

These are lovely! Funny enough, I thought about making some for Christmas decorations and gift tags... Have a lovely evening xo

Camila Faria said...

Oh, wow, they look a-ma-zing!!! Working with clay must be a lot of fun!

Pink Ronnie said...

They're beautiful Trishie. You truly are talented with your hands...
Ronnie xo

tinajo said...

Very pretty! :-)

Anouka said...

Totally gorgeous and cute! You've done a great job with this DIY.

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Luli said...

That's adorable!!! Cool tutorial!!

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Gaby said...

what a great idea, they look fab!

Gaby said...

what a great idea!

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Call me M said...

What a nice idea! I've never done anything like this before. And it seems quite easy to create, even for me. hehe
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Marsa said...

husband's birthday is coming up in a couple of months! maybe i'll try this before then and see if I can actually do it right :)
this is seriously super cute
ps how are you so creative?? you're idol haha

nancy said...

you're so clever and crafty! what a great idea.

paisleysummer said...

I have never made any of these but have a pack of clay that I bought some time ago.
You have inspired me to give it a go.
I love the botanical tags x

Smitten ByFood said...

I love going to Daiso. Nice work btw! =)

helen said...

you are so creative!! love how this stems from nostalgia. i also love the idea of imprinting clay with lace. SO pretty!!! :)

Juanita said...

They look great! And I didn't know you had Daiso there :D

Sarah @ Chantille Fleur said...

So clever <3

Nicole Sanders said...

You are so clever Trishie. These look fantastic. I love clay tags & often buy them to use as gifts tags & have some hanging around the house off doorhandles. mmmm would love to try this out, but don't think mine would look that good. have a great weekend:)

lizchewy said...

These clay labels are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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Zara said...

More air-dry clay projects. Love these tags.
x

jamie-lee said...

Oh Trishie these are truly beautiful - you did such a great job! I remember making something like this when I was younger but never as elaborate or professional. looking as these

Deanne Langford said...

these look fantastic- well done!!!!

Patricia González Fernández said...

i really LOVE it!!!

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Lucia said...

wow love this tuto!! :-)

josephinechoo said...

Daiso selling thos packet for clays?Okay,I'm going to search for it too.I love your creativity and you inspired me a lots!

rooth said...

Beautifully done. I like how you incorporated plant pressings into them - very nice

Paulina said...

Looks very nice :)

Lisa said...

omgosh this is soo so cool!! i especially love the lace print one that is so ingenious!

Erica said...

Oh, these are so sweet. I love the ones with the nature prints.

I'm wanting to make some like this with my pups' paw prints... not sure they'll cooperate though... lol!

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

these are so cool. is it bad though that the packaging of the clay is like the cutest thing ever to me and i want that?

<3 katherine
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sarah s. said...

These are so cute, a nice touch for any gift.
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Elle Sees said...

those turned out just lovely!

Amy K said...

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Audrey Allure said...

Those are so cute & such a lovely idea!

Laura Go said...

these are stinking adorable. If I made them, I would probably leave the blooms on them and then put a sheer/shiny coat on top to seal. They're gorge!
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honey my heart said...

these are so pretty and turned out so well :) i really like how the lace worked on the clay.

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Jenee C. said...

Oh these are so lovely! They remind me of those little clay dishes with imprint words on etsy. Gee this air hardened clay is so much easier to use than real clay. What a wonderful idea. Hope you're having a great weeekend.

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Sam said...

Aww these are beautiful, i especially love the lace covered label...Wishing you a great weekend ahead!

Sarah said...

This is a fantastic idea! :) I think I might try this out to create Xmas decorations. :) thank you for visiting my blog x

PDXBEAUTIFUL said...

Super cute!! Great project for kids :)

Kelly said...

OH my goodness, how cute would these be as gift tags? They are lovely!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, how cute would these be as gift tags?

petalsandvintage.com said...

Thanks for the tutorial. They look fantastic. x

Blair said...

So pretty! Am in love with the botanical imprint ones. I need to go to Daiso stat haha~

Steph said...

SUch a brilliant tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to make a whole heap for Christmas. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday filled with cups of tea and sunshine.
Steph :)
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Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

oh wow, what a great idea! this is so ingenious, i love it alot :)

cquek said...

i am so thrilled by your photos! gorgeous!

cquek said...

i am so thrilled by your photos! gorgeous!

cquek said...

i am so thrilled by your photos! gorgeous!

Stephanie said...

Wow! So creative!

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Angelica Ng said...

Wow this looks SO professional. Wish I were more creative so I could make these great decor pieces.

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Jessica Cai said...

wow, incredible DIY tutorial! i really love the idea and photos :) if you enjoy my blog too, would you like to follow each other? xo jess
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黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Wait till I show my daughter, she really enjoy crafts ! Thanks !

Shoe Bell(i)e said...

This is pretty neat! And love the personal touch it brings:)

Chai Chen said...

Looks like a lot of work but definitely all pretty! The crafts are well done! :)

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Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

Love this DIY! You can be sooo flexible and creative with it. I love that you used plants to imprint your design.

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

I love this DIY! you can be so creative and flexible with it, and I love that you used plants to imprint a design! So unique!

Tracy said...

These are fabulous Trishie. I think I might make some and include them in my parcel for my ornament swap partners. Very clever.

Gillian said...

These are so simple and utterly beautiful. Really gorgeous, I love them.

Mica said...

Such beautiful labels! You're very talented :)

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daisymay aka Chantele said...

these are so cute and simple to make.
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Marie said...

Cool!
xx Marie

PuiFong Wong said...

This is so cuteee!!

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PuiFong Wong said...

This is so cuteee!

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Lucent Imagery said...

Girl, you are so talented! These are adorable! Anyone will be lucky to receive those from you. (I hope you have a great trip home. I was apprehensive about how the fish spa would feel. It's not really ticklish - after a while it feels more like a vibrating massage machine. My feet kind of felt almost pleasantly numb. But I kept my toes together so they couldn't go between them!)

look see said...

Love these - they look great! :)

Shirley Tay said...

You're so creative & these are just perfect for gifts & the coming x'mas!

Mariana said...

these are really beautiful!!

Catherine said...

Trishie these are really beautiful. I love your idea of using flowers and leaves to imprint and I love the square tags too. Thank you for sharing:) xx

Luna said...

With Christmas around the corner, this is great as gift tags + tree decorations. Great find Trishie.

Jo N said...

These are gorgeous. You are so creative! I might give them a try and use them as gift tags for christmas pressies.

roxx-kokardka said...

it is amazing!

aliceinbo said...



Thanks, it's is really awesome!
I'll try!
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aliceinbo said...



Awesome!!!!!

I'll try!

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aliceinbo said...


I'll try !!!! It's awesome!

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