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DIY Scratch Paint Gift Tags

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DIY scratch paint is fun and totally easy to make. If you haven’t tried it yet, gather up your black tempera paint and dish soap and prepare for some fun. And check out my original DIY Scratchboard post, with lots of ideas for using tools you probably have at home.

diy scratch paint gift tags



First you can punch out (or cut out) your circles from the card stock. I suggest card stock, since regular paper tends to curl up, and the card stock will stay nice and sturdy. Color all over the circles with crayon. We used red and green, and pressed hard to get maximum color.

crayon dots


Mix up your paint with the soap. I did an experiment with 2 different recipes this time. The first recipe was from my DIY Scratchboard Project post, and used half paint to half soap. The second recipe called for adding a little water to the paint and then a squirt of soap to that mixture. This recipe was less goopy than the first, but essentially both did the same thing. The moral of the story is that you don’t have to measure precisely.

paint soap recipe for scratch board


We used a foam brush to apply the paint/soap, because it leaves no brush strokes. Slather on 2 layers, letting it dry in between.

We found it was good to let it dry a little while longer than after it just looked dry- it tends to smudge off easily if it’s not totally dry.

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Take your pick of scraping tools and make your tags- we actually used a nut pick for ours this time, since we have a big bowl of Christmas nuts sitting around. This makes a fine drawing tool. Older kids can of course get more detailed with their drawings.

Use a small hole punch to punch the hole out of the top and string ribbon or yarn through it to tie it onto the package, or just tape it onto the package if you don’t want to make hanging tags.

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Those gift tags are seriously awesome! Ask Fen if she will sell me some of them. I’m too lazy to make them but my kids would love them to do the scratch art!

    • Okay. They will cost you $1400 each, so you can just Paypal me the money anytime… 🙂 Actually, your kids would probably have just as much fun with the mixing and painting part. Time to buy some black tempera paint!

  2. What fun! I wonder if the washable version would work if you didn’t mix soap with it – since I’ve been told that the difference between most washable vs non-washable paint is that the washable version has soap added?

  3. I didn’t know you could make your own and it sounds really easy. They maker very cool gift tags. I’m going to tuck this great idea away for later!

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