DIY Favor Tags: Antiqued Clay Tags

butterfly tag

Want to dress up your wedding favors? Attach of of these pretty handmade tags made from oven-bake clay.

This is my second DIY wedding project made with oven-bake clay (my last project was a ring bowl), and I’ve come to the conclusion that every crafty bride should have it in her arsenal of DIY materials. Oven-bake clay is incredibly versatile and easy to work with – and the results are fantastic. You don’t need a kiln – just your oven (if you’re worried about the clay stinking up your kitchen as it bakes,  you’ll be happy to know that it has no smell!) and small projects like this bake in only half an hour.

I used Martha Stewart Crafts Clear Butterfly Stamps for this project. You could you use any type of stamp that you like.

butterfly tags


Here’s how to make the DIY favor tags.

You will need:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Roll a smallish piece of Sculpey Clay into a ball.

sculpey clay

Use a rolling pin to roll out the clay to 3/8 – 1/4 inch thickness.

clay tag Press stamp into the flat piece of clay.

clay tag Remove stamp. Make a hole at the top of the clay.

clay tags


Place tags on a baking sheet (I used Silpat on my baking sheet.)

clay tags

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

clay tags

Cover front of tag with watered down Payne’s Grey acrylic paint.

clay pendant

Use a paper towel to wipe away some of the paint.

clay pendant

If you want the tag to look like copper patina, add a wash of greenish turquoise acrylic paint mixed with silver paint and wipe some of it way with a paper towel. Paint tag with copper acrylic paint.

clay pendant Use paper towel to wipe away some of the copper paint. Paint the edges with copper paint.

clay pendant Let dry. Repeat process on back of tag.

clay pendant

Once the paint has dried, apply a layer of matte water-based varnish.

clay pendant

Let dry. Add jute. Fini!


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  1. Posted by FR on September 27th, 2012 at 4:34pm

    Great idea! About how many tags will that amount of clay make?
  2. Posted by Jen on December 20th, 2012 at 2:22pm

    These are so pretty and no one would guess you'd handmade them! Great idea, thanks
  3. Posted by Christie Napier on December 11th, 2013 at 9:12pm

    Oh my, Oh my!! I dabble in the DI-Meself crafts & came across ur tea cup bird feeders, my mother has been talking these up since summer before last & I have just as much health junk goin on since b4 that than the amt of craft dabbling I try & until ur tutorial I just cldn't get the feeders how I preferred. Thank u!! I definitely will be making several more of them! With my husband being a plumber by trade, I now have something to do w/all the scrap pieces of copper tubing around the house as well!! And I am knees deep looking at several more of ur crafts n such, ALL are so very beautiful!!! Tons of new ideas & most include re-purposing items which is a true love of mine thru my crafts! Great Work-Great Ideas-Beautiful as the End results!!
  4. Posted by Mai on March 30th, 2014 at 6:16pm

    This is soo nice! Can I use salt dough for this? Thanks!
  5. Posted by Christina on March 31st, 2014 at 1:32pm

    Why not give salt dough a try?
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