I went to a baby shower recently where a lot of people had tied small items onto their gifts. It’s not a new concept, but it got me thinking about doing the same thing and incorporating Mod Podge. I had some new chipboard shapes from Maya Road and some wood ovals, so I decided to throw a silhouette craft together – gift tags that could also be used as ornaments for any time of year. I have to categorize this as a definite stashbuster project, as I used paint, fabric scraps and ribbon I already had in addition to the chipboard shapes. Here’s how to make this family.
Gather These Supplies
Unfinished wood ovals
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Asphaltum, Calypso Sky, Citrus Green, Jamaican Sea, Patina, Yellow Citron, Yellow Ochre, Wrought Iron (colors I already had)
Mod Podge Fabric and Matte
Fabric scraps – I used two from Jo-Ann, Couleur Vie from Brenda Pinnick and Sun Drop from Dena Designs
Maya Road Chipboard Mini Set – Portrait
Ribbon – coordinating
Hot glue gun – I love my Imaginisce i-bond cordless
Prepare your fabric scraps with Fabric Mod Podge. Paint a medium layer of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric and allow to dry. You do this so that when you cut the fabric to fit the ornament, it won’t fray. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.
Turn the fabric over to the backside and place a wood oval face down onto it. Trace with a pencil.
This is where a steady hand comes in “handy.” Heh heh. I wanted a bit of a smaller oval than what I just traced so that some of the paint could peek around the edges of the finished product. I was really hoping that drawing ovals would be easier than drawing circles for me, but no such luck. Just draw a smaller oval inside the larger oval the best that you can. Cut out those smaller ovals and set aside.
Paint your wood tags and chipboard shapes. I just set up some color combos to match the fabric AND to use the colors I already had on hand. It was a perfect excuse to use my favorite FolkArt color Patina. If I could have a Patina car, well, I would. Give several coats and allow the paint to dry.
Mod Podge the fabric down onto the tops of the wood ovals. This is a great project if you are a Mod Podge “wrinklephobe.” The fabric pieces are so small that they really don’t have the opportunity to wrinkle. Allow everything to dry.
Take your chipboard shapes and either use Mod Podge or craft glue to adhere them to the front. Give the whole tag another coat of Mod Podge (get the back too). Allow to dry.
Use your fancy glue gun with the headlight to attach ribbon to the backs of the ornaments. Trim the ribbon ends to finish.
These tags are quick and easy – you could make these the day you were giving a gift to someone. I also thought of something after I was finished. You could use chalkboard paint on the back as a writing surface for the recipient’s name, then easily wash it off for the next recipient! Don’t you always have those great ideas when the project is over?