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10 Things to Make with Air Dry Clay: Fun and Beautiful Projects

We love air dry clay because it is so simple and fun for kids and adults to use. This amazing list of things to make with air dry clay will get you going. You’ll find tutorials and air dry clay tips.

fun and easy air dry clay crafts

Today we sing the praises of the wonderfully useful Air-Dry Clay and we’re here to give you some ideas of things to make with air dry clay.

So, what makes air dry clay so awesome?

For one thing, we don’t need a kiln to use it.  Air-dry clay is easy to work with, it dries without the use of a kiln or oven, and can be made into many beautiful objects. And, it’s a well-loved craft for tweens and teens.

There are several different kinds of air-dry clay.

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Many of the projects below use either Crayola Model Magic or DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clay.

Another option is Activa Plus Natural Self-Hardening Clay – Use this for projects that require a natural clay and those that need to be porous for essential oils.

Things to Make with Air Dry Clay: Pots, Planters, and Bowls

1. Mini Textured Succulent Planters

The added texture on these planters from burkatron turns an ordinary pot into something much for interesting and tactile

DIY clay pots

2. Painted Crayola Air Dry Clay Pinch Pots

Classic pinch pots take on a fresh look with the simple addition of paint. Try color blocking and adding geometric patterns for modern style. Think Make Share Blog shares their results.

So many great ideas with air dry clay. I want to make them all!

3. DIY Succulent Pineapple Air Dry Clay Planters

If you need some pineapple decor in your life, check out this awesomely creative succulent planter from Lines Across .

Grab your air dry clay and check out these 10 project ideas and tutorials with air dry clay

4.  DIY Easy Clay Bowls

I love the simpleness of the gold trim on the soft white form of these air dry clay bowls from S.C. Johnson (via Little Inspiration). These would make great gifts or to keep as trinket holders.

10 Best projects with air dry clay

Things to Make with Air Dry Clay: Essential Oil Diffusers

5. Handmade Clay Diffuser Necklace

Natural clay is porous enough to be an effective diffuser for essential oils. Use your favorite essential oil with this pendant tutorial from Mommypotamus.

10 crafts to try with air dry clay

 6. DIY Diffuser Keychains

Like the idea of a clay essential oil diffuser, but not into the look of a clay necklace? Check out these diffuser keychains from Lindsay Crafter. They’re seriously cute on their own, but when you add the benefits of essential oils, they’re a sure win.

essential oils clay craft

Things to Make with Air Dry Clay: Decor and More

7. DIY Moon Phase Wall Mobile

I love this Moon Phase Wall Mobile for a nursery. The simple white clay looks very soothing and natural, and the moon phases have a sort of symbolism to them I think. Project from The Merry Thought.

phases of the moon clay craft

8. DIY Monstera leaf keychain

Monstera leaves have such beautiful and interesting forms, it’s no wonder they’re so popular right now. You can bring a little bit of that style with you on the go with these DIY monstera leaf shaped keychains from Drawn to DIY .

fun and easy air dry clay craft: make a monstera leaf key chain

9. DIY Rainbow Crayon Holder

Add some color to your kid’s art station with this fun air dry clay project from Lines Across.

air dry clay rainbow crayon holder craft

10. Geometric Colored Pencil Holder

You can make this fun pencil holder from Lines Across. The geometric shape adds a modern touch, and I think it would be right at home on a crafting table or desk!

air dry clay pencil holder craft

Which Air-Dry Clay is the best?

Deciding on which air-dry clay to buy, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Do you need a natural or paper-based clay? Are you using if for kids crafts or are you hoping to make pieces that are somewhat more substantial?

The Artful Parent has some very useful reviews based on her experiences with the different types of clay.  Also, it’s your best bet to follow the guidelines of the tutorial you are using.

In the end, much of this comes down to personal preference and how you will use your clay. So, try a few things and play around so that you can find the best air dry clay for your personal needs.

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