We just love working with clay, but let’s face it. Most of us don’t have access to a kiln. So, we’ve rounded up some great air dry clay craft projects that we adore and we wanted to share them with you too.
This isn’t the play dough you’re used to from childhood. These are beautiful grown-up craft projects but most of them are still easy enough for children to make.
Air Dry Clay Craft Projects
Not only do you not need a kiln, you don’t even need to put these in the oven. These projects are all made with air-drying clay which makes it so easy.
Look how pretty these clay bowls are! They would make lovely gifts. You’ll need to use a food-safe sealant on them if you want to use them for anything other than decorative displays.
These fun and funky cacti candle holders make a great beginner clay project. Easy to make – just check out some photos of cacti for inspiration.
Kids would have a lot of fun making these plant pots! Simple to form and painted with colorful designs, they make a great vessel for air plants.
Create a lovely feather from clay and use it as a dish to hold small items on your dresser or bedside table. Perfect to complement boho room decor!
Simple clay brooches and pendants made using cookie cutters, kids can add their fingerprints for a personal touch. (Grandparents will love these!). They make great Christmas ornaments too.
We love this simple but colorful idea for a pencil holder! We’d make some to hold our pens and markers too.
A grouping of these clay animal heads would look adorable in pretty much every room. Which animals will you make? We’re thinking rhinoceros and lion.
They’re simply hanging plant pots but make them colorful and turn them into a grouping and you’ve got a piece of art.
Whoa. We never imagined we could make something like this from air-dry clay! A stunning accent piece (that’s practical too!) for any room.
How cute is this? We’d use it as a vase, water decanter, or in a smaller version, a perfume bottle. What about you?
Little trinket dishes like this are so handy as a place to park your keys, the stuff you pull out of your wallet at the end of each day, your lip balm and hair ties and so on. This would make a lovely gift.
You’ve seen those fairy gardens that are so popular, right? This is like the indoor version. Get the kids to help make some and watch their eyes light up as they wait for the fairies to visit.
Use porous air dry clay (like this terra cotta kind) and make pendants that can hold and give off subtle essential oil scents. Give as a gift with a bottle of your favorite essential oil.
Another fun trinket dish idea and one of the main tools is right “at hand”. Ha! Get it? You could also use a pattern for a hand instead of your own and then embellish away!
The kids will go crazy over these fun good luck charms and want to make them for everyone they know. Hang from backpacks or in bedroom windows.
The marbling technique is so subtle and sophisticated. This clock makes a gorgeous home office accent.
Make some simple air-dry clay Christmas ornaments and then personalize them with the recipients’ names, an important date, or occasion like Baby’s First Christmas. A gift they’ll treasure forever.
Well, aren’t these amazing? We hope you’re inspired to start creating your own air-dry clay creations! We can’t wait to see them.