Make Dad feel special even before he opens his gift with these easy clay gift toppers! Look to some of Dad’s favorite shirts (Plaid? Stripes?) for decorating inspiration, grab some cookie cutters and top his gift just in time for Father’s Day!
Air Dry Clay
Cookie Cutters (I used a “D” and “A” to spell “Dad,” but you could use any cookie cutter!)
Twine or Ribbon
Roll out your clay to about a half inch thickness. Press your cookie cutters into the clay and cut out whatever letters or shapes you desire. I used “Dad” in this case.
Use the end of your paint brush to poke a hole in the top and bottom of each letter/shape. (This will be used for stringing them on the package.)
Let clay dry completely according to package directions.
Use your craft paint to paint your desired design on the toppers. I decided to do a plaid pattern so I painted one thick line and two thin lines vertically, then the same horizontally, letting the overlapping paint show through just like you would see in a plaid shirt! Let dry.
To attach to your gift, string your ribbon or twine through each hole and tie tightly around the gift, securing with tape if desired. Done!
This idea doesn’t just work for Father’s Day. Try “Grad” for a recent graduate or spell out a name (or number!) for a fun birthday gift. The best part? These toppers last long after the wrapping paper is torn off!
All Photos: Kelly Lanza