Proper ceramics takes time, money, and equipment to invest in—but anyone can be a potter with air dry clay! Using clay that’s inexpensive, less messy, and extremely versatile, it’s truly incredible all you can do with just a little creativity. You have the ability to create household items to decorate the living space, accessories for daily wear, trinkets and toys for kids, and so much more. If you’re in the market for some innovative ideas, read on to learn more about a few fun projects you can do with air dry clay.
Think small, unique, and festively quirky for this project. The best aspect of shaping bowls with clay is that they can be any size or shape you’d like them to be. Yet, the greatest thing about this project is being able to bring nature indoors. The prime time for this particular project is during the fall season.
All you need is clay and a large leaf from outside. You should have a wide slew to choose from. You’ll roll out the clay, press the leaf veins down into the clay, and then trim around the leaf shape outline to be left with an autumnal leaf pattern. Shape the leaf bowl as desired by laying it down in a standard bowl, and letting it fully dry before painting. Simple enough, right?
Another fun project you can do with air day clay is make a variety of handmade jewelry. A popular item for all ages to wear these days is a clay necklace. The design options are limitless, but the uses for wear can be specific. Clay is actually a natural diffuser, porous enough to be effective as an oil diffuser. The process of creating a handmade clay necklace is pretty straightforward as well.
Simply roll out your clay, create the pendant shape, add the hole to string the necklace with, stamp on the desired design, peel away the rest of the clay, and let it dry for a day or two before stringing it up to wear. If you enjoy using essential oils and their benefits, placing a few drops onto the clay canvas before starting out the day may be a wonderful health and safety enhancement for you and your family.
Interestingly, air dry clay is the perfect add-in for making that gooey, fun-to-squeeze butter slime. You’ll find that most butter slime recipes have some kind of soft clay added into the mix for a smooth texture. Try using this formulated soft clay for butter slime as a neat little project to make with the kids. It’s also science! Easy, playful, and wonder-filling—you truly cannot go wrong. Learning is an art in itself and these projects are meant to be an enjoyable experience. After giving them a try, the participant can become one art cookie.