We’re trying as much as possible to give handmade gifts this year and that includes the wrapping paper and gift tags.
These crayon resist gift tags were very simple to make and they look lovely. The ‘surprise’ element of the crayon resist was lots of fun for R. Even though we’ve done crayon resist painting before, he still delighted in seeing the images appear before his eyes. It’s just one of those magic childhood crafts, isn’t it? I remember doing this as a child and loving it.
To make these DIY gift tags, we used:
A white crayon or white candle
Water colour paints
White card stock (I’m all for recycling and using what’s around the house. I actually used the centre of some paper plates. That sounds weird! Let me explain. We made some paper plate Christmas wreaths and we had the centre of the plates left over, so I used them to make gift tags. If you’re wondering what paper plate Christmas wreaths look like, The Pleasantest Thing has made some lovely ones.)
How to make crayon resist gift tags:
1.Cut the card stock into rectangles.
2. Using the white crayon, or white candle, draw pictures on the card stock. I drew snowflakes and Christmas trees. Since the crayon and the card stock are both white, the picture won’t be visible just yet.
3. Brush water colour paint over the cards. The paint does not adhere to the crayon or candle wax, so as the colour is brushed over the card, the picture is magically revealed. I hadn’t told R that I had drawn on the tags, so he was excited to see the pictures appearing out of nowhere!
4. Once the paint is dry, apply glue around the outside edge of the tags and add some glitter. This is optional of course. We left some without glitter and they look just as lovely.
5. Use a hole punch or the pointed end of a pair of scissors to pierce a hole at one end of each tag. Thread some ribbon through the hole. Write “to” and “from” on the back of the cards and they’re done!
The muted shades of the water colour paints look so lovely. I think we might try using a similar technique to make some greeting cards next year.
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