How to Store Air Dry Clay

INSIDE : Learn 5 easy ways to store Air Dry Clay and keep it lasting as long as possible with these great storage options and ideas!

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Air Dry Clay is such a fun and versatile product to use.  I have done numerous craft projects using clay.  But the worst thing is when you are ready to work on a project, you get all your supplies out and then you go to realize your air dry clay has dried out and you can’t make your item anymore.  Ah, the frustration!

Today, I am talking about a few of the best Air Dry Clay Storage ideas so you can keep that clay soft, pliable and around as long as possible.  

Check out this post, if you are looking for  7 ways to keep your clay from cracking.

How do you keep Air Dry Clay from drying out?

The very best way to keep your clay from drying out is to store it in tightly sealed containers.  I have used heavy duty ziplock bags and had much success with that simple method.  Whatever container you use, you want to be able to keep the moisture level of the clay at the same place as when you first got your clay.

If you have numerous colors of air dry clay, you might want to try smaller zip lock bags and then storing all those separate bags in these small clear plastic containers.  These wider clear containers are also good options for storing multiple zip lock clays.

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What temperature is best to store your clay at?

It’s important to store your clay in a comfortable room temperature location.  Your clay can freeze if it gets too cold or can melt if it gets too hot.  So keeping your extra stash of clay in a dark cool environment, is ideal.

Need some general best tips and practices for using Air Dry Clay?

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What can you do if your Air Dry Clay starts to dry out while in storage?

Sadly, even with out best attempt, now and again your clay may just get old or you didn’t quite get the lid closed tight enough and your clay will dry out.  If your clay has started drying out (this will be trickier with COMPLETELY DRIED OUT clay), you can spritz it with a simple spray water bottle.

If your clay isn’t completely dry quite yet, in addition to spritzing with a spray bottle, you can place a wet towel or even paper towel and seal it in your air tight container.  After a few days, your clay should have absorbed most of the moisture.

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How do you store homemade clay?

This, thankfully, is an easy answer.  Whether your clay is store bought or made at home, you can store them all the same way.  Make sure to remove your clay from it’s original packaging and then wrap in a zip lock – getting all the excess air out.

What are the best Clay storage containers?

There are many containers that work well for storing your air dry clay.  A few options are :

The best containers to store Air Dry Clay

Check out the best containers to keep your Air Dry Clay fresh and pilable for all your craft projects!


  1. Laura Lind says:

    I need to bag individual-use amounts of air-dry clay (maybe 1/2 cup give or take) for classroom use throughout the year. Can you tell me how long the clay will last if properly bagged? I’d prefer to bag them all at once before the year kicks off but am wondering if later-used ones will dry out. Thanks for your help.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      If you seal tightly with a ziplock type baggie, it should last quite a while. Also, I’ve had clay slightly dry out over time and I’ve just added a small amount of water to the bag and resealed it… and it softens all over again. I think you should be good to use throughout the year.

  2. How can I make the clay waterproof if I want to make a pot for outside use?

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Great question. Using air dry clay waterproof is tricky because when water gets on air dry clay, it immediately starts to soften again. However, I believe you could maybe try coating with Outdoor Mod Podge to help with water proofing. I’ve not tried it, but it might work! (affiliate link)

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