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10 Best Easy Air Dry Clay Projects for Beginners

Do you see projects on Pinterest or blogs and you think, “hey, I can make that”? Recently, I have seen so many projects with air dry clay. It sounds so interesting and the projects are pretty and practical. So I decided to explore easy air dry class projects for beginners.

Tackling a new craft and a new medium can be a little daunting. When I think of clay, I think of the movie Ghost.

I probably haven’t touched clay since elementary school. Never having used air dry clay, I was intrigued by these creations.

A little research on Pinterest revealed that there are hundreds of things you can do with air dry clay. And, it seems, crafters have been making projects with this material for many years.

It’s never too late to discover a new crafting process. I remember when I first started decoupage and stenciling and learning to use a Cricut.

It’s always a little intimidating at first. Scrolling through Pinterest, I found that using air dry clay “looks” easy, doesn’t require a lot of supplies, and it’s very versatile.

The closest I’ve ever come to creating clay projects are painting these terra cotta pots or decoupaging these pots.

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Easy Air Dry Projects: 10 Best Ideas for Beginners

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Learning about Air Dry Clay

I thought it was important to learn a few basics about air dry clay.

First, I learned that there are two kinds of clay, one has to be baked and the other doesn’t – that’s air dry clay.

Air dry clay is a mixture of paper fibers and glue. It dries and hardens when left out in the air so no oven is needed. It can be painted when dry but it’s not waterproof and does need to be sealed to finish.

Air dry clay sounds like a wonderful craft material. It’s inexpensive and easy to use. No special machines or tools are needed when you work with air dry clay. That’s a winner in my book.

The biggest “warning” I read is that air dry clay is very sticky. Several crafters advised wearing gloves.

Here are some other tips I learned:

  • Prepare your workspace. You don’t want to directly work on your table or countertop with the clay because it tends to stick. Air dry clay attracts dust, fibers, and even dog hair so the work surface needs to clean. A silicone craft mat was one product recommended to use on top of your workspace. You could even use wax paper, a dish towel or craft paper if you have that on hand.
  • Dampen your hands before starting. Working with the clay is much easier to do when your hands are damp. You don’t need them to be soaking wet, just lightly damp is good. Keep a small bowl with water nearby so you can keep them damp the entire time you are working on the clay. One crafter even suggested putting a little lotion on your hands.
  • Keep a small spray bottle nearby. You need to spray the air dry clay with a fine mist while you are working with it. Otherwise, it will start drying out and may dry before you are ready for it too.
  • Keep paper towels and plastic wrap nearly. If you need to step away from your project, you can cover it with a barely damp paper towel and plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.
  • Use a good quality clay. There are several air dry clay brands on the market and all seemed to be endorsed by air dry crafters.
  • Consider getting tools. Clay sculpting tools aren’t required, but like any skill, tools help. Plus, they’re very inexpensive.

It appears that air dry is easy to work with, it dries without an oven at room temperature, and you can use it to make everything from homemade jewelry to home decor.

Here are a couple of popular brands that were recommended:

  • Das – comes in white, terracotta and a stone effect.
  • Crayola Air Dry Clay – dries whiter than the Das clay and also comes in a range of colors. This one can be bought in a large tub so good if you want to make clay crafts in bulk. 

That’s enough information to get us started.

I searched through dozens and dozens of air dry clay projects. Why did I choose these projects?

  • I loved the designs, the colors or the way they were used.
  • They looked doable for beginners.
  • They didn’t require extra supplies. In fact, except for the air dry clay, I could make all of these projects with products if have on have, like paint and cookie cutters. But, I’ll choose just one to start.
  • The tutorials were very clear and the crafters offered great information and guidance.
air dry clay project florist frog

Easy Clay Flower Frog

I chose this air dry clay project to start because it sseemed the easiest. It is also very useful. It’s from Patti of Heart and Vine.

wall air dry clay planter

Clay Wall Planter

I thought this hanging clay planter would be easy for a beginner. It’s so functional and pretty. It’s the creation of Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie.

Pretty Little Decorated Bowls

This pretty bowls are so versatile. Use for housing jewelry, trinkets, paper clips, whatever needs to be saved and storage in a pretty dish. They are the idea of Jenn from Do What’s Next.

clay bowls

Pretty Little Clay Plant Pots

Like a little succulent to spice up a table or shelf? Use this clay pot project from Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth.

stamped air clay tag

Rustic Clay Tags

Use these decorative clay tags from Amy and Vicki of Canary Street Crafts anywhere you need something whimsical and rustic.

pressed flowers on air dry clay

Pressed Flower Ornaments

Pressed flowers are the star and the clay is the backdrop in this precious project from Debbie of One Little Project.

hand painted clay bowls

Blue Painted Dishes

This was one of the first projects I found. I love the simplicity, the blue free-style designs, and that any beginner can make this. It’s from Sara and Melissa of Alice and Lois.

free hand drawn clay coasters

Painted Clay Coasters

I loved how easy these coasters from Sugar and Cloth brighten any table. I love the bright piks and oranges. Perfect for gifts, too.

clay and rope bowl

Rope and Clay Bowl

I loved how this combination of a clay bowl with the rope and twine top. It’s easy, but has a great design and it’s unique. Compliments of Francesca of Fall for DIY.

Painted Clay Bird dishes

Painted Clay Bird Dishes

My friend Michelle of Thistlekey Lane is a talented artist and she shares how to make these air dry clay dishes in the shape of birds. Then she shares how to hand paint them.

After reading about these air dry clay projects, would you make one? I plan to. The best way to start a new skill is to try something easy and work up from there.

If you want more DIY projects of all sorts, then please VISIT AND FOLLOW my DIY Projects Pinterest Board. There are almost 2400 saved projects in there. I just created an Air Dry Clay Projects Pinterest Board.

I’d love to know what subjects you are most curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas for any air-dry clay projects.

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  1. Carol, I love all these air dry clay projects. So fun! I am excited to be featuring you tomorrow at the Home Imagined party. congrats!

  2. I had NO IDEA! Love each project and can hardly wait to try one. I have some clay and need a gift! Thanks for sharing these. pinned