Watercolors are all over Pinterest right now. The messy tie-dye look is everywhere from watercolor nails to Dolce & Gabbana floral watercolor wedges to wedding cakes with a watercolor effect. I’ve been inspired by several stationery ideas and was on the hunt for paper crafts when a Free People repin caught my eye.
Watercolor gift tags. How cute! But how easy are they to make? So easy. On a scale of one to five, one being totally doable and five being not-so-much, I give this project a one—as long as you have patience. This is not a 30-minute craft.
Watercolors taught me how to go with the flow. As a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, I’ve had my share of watercolor projects. It’s a tough media to control. They dry in the same way Polaroids develop—not exactly how you thought it was going to turn out. You can dab a mistake with paper towels and soak up most of the damage. You can even apply more water and try to lift the residue. But once watercolors touch paper, you can’t completely erase the stains. You’ll always have a faint ombre scar.
So you have to work with what you have by layering. Compromise and improvise. I’m totally a type A person but in a strange way, I find watercolors calming. Unless you’re Andrew Wyeth, you should accept that it won’t look perfect—especially for the splashy tie dye look in these.
I love pairing these tags with brown paper packaging for a boho chic look. You could also use them throughout a luncheon as beverage markers, placeholders or menu labels. Or how fun would these be as sales tags for a boutique or flea market booth?
Got a Pinterest idea you want me to test? Comment below with a link or tweet me @DeanneRevel.