#031 Noel Stocking Christmas Gift Bag
#031 – Noel Stocking
Gift Bag Decoration
Clay Casting Project

Charming Christmas gift bags filled with
delicious shortbread cookies baked with love!

#031 – Noel Stocking

Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp
#031 – Noel Stocking    OR    #1021 – Noel Stocking
Clay* - we used Creative Paperlay® which air dries to a paintable pure white (no oven needed)
1 clay casting* - #031 – Noel Stocking    OR    #1021 – Noel Stocking (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Acrylic primer (optional)
1 small gift bag or craft bag (from craft store)
3 different colored papers (from craft store or scrapbook supply):
     1 piece green for background (largest)
     1 piece white for middle
     1 piece red for front piece (smallest)
Paper Edgers® scissors (Stamp or Scallop design)
Acrylic clear varnish (optional)
Acrylic paints: green, red, pearl white
Tacky glue or hot glue

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. It is an example of how a paper casting could be used on a scrapbook page instead of a clay casting on a wall plaque.

Note: You can substitute Import design #1021 – Noel Stocking for Heirloom design #031 (pictured).


1.  While clay is still wet, cut out casting with knife. Let dry.
2.  Smooth the edges with a very light sandpaper if needed.
3.  Optional: Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
Apply paint to stocking as shown, one color at a time, and let dry between colors so they won't run into each other. Let dry.
5.  Optional:  Apply a light coat of varnish to seal in paint. Let dry. Apply a 2nd coat of varnish if desired for more sturdiness. Let dry. Note: Varnishing will give the casting a more glossy finish. You can also varnish the back of the casting for more protection.
6.  Cut 3 papers into squares so that they fit together as shown:
        1)  Red paper should measure approx. 2" square (to give about a 1/8" border around casting).
        2)  Use Paper Edgers® to cut white paper approx. 2 1/2" square (to give about a 1/8" border around red paper).
        3)  Cut green paper approx. 2 5/8" square (to give about a 1/16" border around white paper).
7.  When you are satisfied with the way the 3 pieces fit together, glue the white paper to the green paper and let dry. Then glue the red paper to the white paper and let dry.
8.  Glue finished cut-out to bag and let dry.
9.  Glue casting to center of red paper and let dry.

Project designed and created by Maggie Montgomery.

Cookies above featured in Ladies Home Journal – December 1999.

Cookies above and below decorated by and photographs courtesy of Goose Hill Farms.