15 Air Dry Clay Projects that will instantly inspire you!

INSIDE : 15 Incredible Air Dry Modeling Clay Ideas from craft projects, creative ideas and simple techniques that will instantly inspire you!  Get ready to be inspired and have tons of idea for things to make out of air dry clay.

Air Dry Clay projects to Inspire!

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This post has been updated since it’s original April 2015 publish date.

If you have been a Delineate Your Dwelling reader for long, you know I love using Air Dry Clay.  I have done numerous types of projects using clay. I’ve shown different creative clay techniques and even wrote a simple post about how to store air dry clay.  

Today I am sharing 15 Air Dry Clay Projects that will instantly inspire you from some amazing talent across the internet!  This post is clearly a HUGE favorite of yours because it’s been pinned on Pinterest well over 50,000 times!

Why is Air Dry Clay so amazing to work with?

I love Air Dry Modeling Clay because –

  • It is so inexpensive.
  • It is very easy to work with.
  • Has tons of different uses.
  • Does not even require baking time to harden.  

I think that’s basically a 4x win!  Beyond that, if you use a white clay, you can paint it with acrylic paint OR spray paint, so color options are endless. Is that a 5th win??!

Can you buy Colored Air Dry Clay?

The short answer is yes. You can easily get colored Air Dry Clays. There are so many options available now.  I just discovered this set of gorgeous pre-mixed colorful air dry clays.

But, you can also get more traditional clay colors like  white and terra cotta color.

These are my favorites –

After seeing some these projects below, I hope you are inspired to get to your local craft supply store and buy some clay!

What is the best kind of Air Dry Clay to use?

When starting out, I used Crayola Air Dry clay for all sorts of projects and it really worked well.

However, with time I have switched over to using either Sculpey white Air Dry clay or Das White Air Dry Clay. I think for the type of projects I typically do; home decor type projects, these are superior quality brands.  

I love Sculpey and Das because they both dry a little more clean and are a purer white color. As opposed to the Crayola air dry clay which dries a light gray/white color.

With that being said, if you are planning to make fun crafts with your kiddos, Crayola is a great product to use.

What are some great Air Dry Clay craft ideas for adults?

I have found 15 creative air dry modeling clay ideas and inspiration projects for you.  And  if you are still looking for more inspiration, I’ve rounded up 12 other great Air Dry clay projects here, too.  

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15 Air Dry Clay projects that will Inspire

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28 thoughts on “15 Air Dry Clay Projects that will instantly inspire you!

  1. Is it a great alternative for polymer clay? Like can you make cute keychains, necklace pendants etc. with it?

    1. Air Dry clay is a great alternative if you want a more raw clay feel and look. You also can paint it, but it’s has a more natural material feel coming in typically white or terra cotta color. And yes, I have made many cute small items with it. 😉

    1. Great question, Jodi! You can use any type of paint, I’ve done spray paint and acrylic. This post might be helpful for you,

  2. I’ve done a fairy house by usin a jar an cover in with air dry clay but once it’s started to dry it looks like crazy pavin help how can I stop this from happening plz

    1. June: Did the air dry clay start to crack once it dried? I wrote a whole post about tips and tricks for air dry clay, you might find it helpful!

    1. Do you mean before or after you use the clay? It’s air dry, so in a day or so it completely dries out and becomes hard. There is no possibility of mold at that point. Great question.

        1. Unless you are completely wrapping the clay around the mold, yes you should be able to lift up the clay once it’s dry – no problem. Thanks for asking!

    1. Great question, Mariaz! I would imagine if you glazed the air dry clay, then they would be washed but just as they are, adding water will turn them back into clay… so I would recommend against using them for plates or mugs to be eaten and washed with. 😉

  3. Have you tried home printed waterslide decals, if so wondered how you got on, im trying to use on air dry clay only I have a glossy film around the image and wondered how to prevent this?

    1. I know, Michelle! Those stamped bowls are going to need to happen sometime soon, I love them so!

    2. I love the idea for the leaf-shaped clay idea, I want to make those but round them into some cute little bowls.I already have some Crayola Air Dry Clay and I want to do something with it so I love these ideas-anything D.I.Y is me!Thanks for the ideas!

      -p.s I’m only ten.?

  4. I so love air dry clay for all the same reasons! I think I may need to get some more though cause mine dried out. I’ve used air dry clay for gift tags (http://www.bravenewhome.com/gold-ornaments/), an essential oil storage box (http://www.bravenewhome.com/diy-essential-oils-storage-box/) and a ring holder (http://www.bravenewhome.com/knock-knock-offs-urban/). The possibilities are endless! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next : ]

    1. AH! How could I have forgotten about your ring holder!! I’m totally going to update the post and add! =)

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