KIDS EPIC DIY CLAY ARTS AND CRAFT PROJECTS

Author: Dominique Holmes

 

There is something very therapeutic about playing with clay even as an adult.  The tactile nature of clay lets young children develop their imaginations and their moter skills while having fun. My children love clay crafts so much and I have to say I enjoy it too.

Scroll down for our ideas of some of the things you could make from clay. We’ve also provided recipes to make your own dough.

Most kids love to squeeze and squish playdough between their fingers. They like to roll it into snakes and balls. Poke it with tools or add decorations. Mold it into various shapes and sculptures.

The same is true with clays and with other doughs such as salt dough, air dry clay, and bread dough. You really can’t go wrong with a dough-based activity!

Here are over 39 ways for kids to model, craft, and explore with playdough, clay, and other doughs:

Playdough recipesImage result for kids diy clay crafts

Playdough play ideasImage result for kids diy clay crafts

Pinch pots with air dry clay

A kids pottery wheel

DIY dough beads

Make and eat bread dough shapes

Fun with model magic

Nature prints in Sculpey

Homemade clay recipes are perfect for modeling clay projects or other clay crafts. And making clay and play dough is easy and fun!

There are lots of different recipes you can try. Do you want something quick and easy? Or would you prefer to bake your finished model for a more permanent effect?

I have picked 5 recipes to suit your different requirements – and added some reader recommended recipes too. All of the recipes and tried and tested – but results vary a lot depending on the flour you use, how you weigh the measurements, and humidity. So be sure to read my instructions first.

Why not get your kids to help you make up the recipes?Be sure to read my tips on how to make clay too and you will be making great playdough in no time at all!

Homemade Modeling Clay Recipes

Here are my top 5 clay recipes for you to try. These are perfect for your homeschooling crafts. Click on a link below, or scroll down for recipes.

Easy Clay Projects
For Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are new to making clay, then do check out my instructions on How to Make Playdough first. It could save you a lot of mistakes!

Would you like a printable version? Grab my recipes and making tips as printable clay recipes!

Were you wanting to make real clay from mud?
Try these instructions for
using natural clay

More recipes?

 

How to Make Clay and Playdough :Image result for kids diy clay crafts

Modelling clay can be made from a number of ingredients (seeWikipedia) but at home it is usually made from flour and water. Oil or cream of tartar is added to help with elasticity – and salt is usually used to help preserve the clay (and stop it going moldy).
If you are new to making playdough, then there is a little more to it than just throwing all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing!

Here are some tips on how to make clay that will help you get the best results.

    1. We all have slightly different ways of measuring things, different flours absorb at different rates, and even things like humidity can effect your recipe. So use the ingredients as a place to start rather than expecting things to be exact. Measure out your ingredients carefully – then slowly add the liquid to the dry ingredients. Keep mixing and then adding a little more liquid until you get a nice firm clay. If the results are too sticky, add more flour. To flakey and dry? Add a little more water.

 

    1. Most of the recipes call for all purpose or plain flour but I have had good results with bread flour. I think bread flour has a higher gluten content which helps to make the dough hold together well. You may need to adjust the water quantities if you use bread flour.

 

    1. If you want colored clay you can add food coloring or tempera paint. If you are happy for all the dough to be the same color then just add the coloring to the water before you mix the ingredients. If you would like different colored batches then make up the dough first, divide into portions and knead in the colors separately. This will give you more of a marbled effect effect at first, but the color will spread as you keep kneading it in.

 

    1. Store in an airtight container and keep in a cool place. It should keep for a couple of months but homemade clay doesn’t have the preservatives of shop bought stuff. If mold develops – it’s time for a new batch!

 

  1. Feel free to experiment and develop your own recipes. Try different oil or flour. The cream of tartar in the recipes is optional, but it does help with the elasticity. You can find in the the store with the baking ingredients (usually with the baking powder and bicarb).

Image result for kids diy clay crafts

PLAYDOUGH IDEAS FOR KIDSImage result for kids diy clay crafts

Candy Cane Playdough Recipe 39 Ways to Play with Playdough Baking Soda and Playdough Volcano

 

Chocolate Salt Dough Ornaments DIY

chocolate salt dough recipe ornaments kids can make
Mmmmm! Chocolate salt dough smells wonderful and makes

Salt Dough Leaf Prints

salt dough leaf prints
Making leaf prints in salt dough is such a great way to preserve
the beauty of autumn leaves. Found at The Imagination Tree.

gorgeous ornaments too. Get the recipe at Fun At Home With Kids

 

Ancient Egypt Salt Dough Amulets

Ancient Egypt Salt Dough Amulets

An amulet is a small object that a person wears or carries for luck or protection. In Ancient Egypt, amulets were also used in jewellery and were wrapped up within a mummy’s bandages to ensure a good afterlife.

Ancient Egypt Salt Dough Cartouches

Ancient Egypt Salt Dough Cartouches

In Egyptian hieroglyphs, a cartouche was an oval with a horizontal line at one end, indicating that the text enclosed is a royal name – rather like a name plate! They were found attached to coffins and also on the jewellery of pharaohs.

Bean Mandala

Bean Mandala

This is a simple, original idea for a really lovely, satisfying mandala craft. Deciding on your design and pushing the beans into the clay can get children of all ages absorbed, and the finished artwork looks fabulous on display.

Birthday Candle Menorah

Birthday Candle Menorah

Most of us have some birthday candles lying around the house … so here is a fun craft to turn them into a Menorah for Hanukkah which children of all ages will be able to enjoy

Blow Skiing Game

Blow Skiing

Here’s a fun home-made game you can play in the winter – perfect for the Winter Olympics too!

You will need:

Bone Carving Necklaces Craft

Bone Carving Necklaces Craft

Kids can have a go at making these stunning pretend bone carving necklaces traditionally worn by Maoris in New Zealand and very popular today around the world. We have three designs to make.

Clay Bird Craft

Clay Bird Craft

Kids can make some really beautiful clay birds with this simply clay bird craft for children. It’s a good craft for groups of children and parties, too.

Cornucopia Badge

Cornucopia Badge

Our badge is fun way to use up left over scraps of polymer clay.  A perfect craft for older children at Thanksgiving or Harvest time.

You will need:

Daffodil Magnet

Daffodil Magnet

Here’s a quick and easy modelling craft for children. This daffodil magnet is perfect for Spring, St David’s Day or Easter.

You will need:

Diya Craft

Diya Craft

This is a simple clay craft idea which children enjoy because it is fast and the results can be used quickly! You could of course adapt this idea to give as a gift.

Dolphin Necklace

Dolphin Necklace

Kids will enjoy making this pretty dolphin pendant necklace, and will be proud to show it off too! It might be a nice craft idea for a gift, too.

You will need:

Dymkovo Toy

Dymkovo Toy

Dymkovo toys, also known as Vyatka toys or Kirov toys, are a traditional Russian folk art handicraft made by woman. They are moulded and painted clay figures of people and animals. Try your hand at making your own!

Egg Beads

Egg Beads

Most beads are round, but our “egg beads” are egg-shaped – an original craft idea for Easter!

You will need:

Fimo Hearts Card

Fimo Hearts Card

Have some sculpting fun with this fimo hearts card. This one is better delivered by hand, but if you are going to post this card, we suggest using a padded envelope!

Harvest Basket Craft

Harvest Basket Craft

This is a simple and quick craft but it provides the excuse for getting out the playdough to make the vegetables to fill your harvest basket!

You will need:

Harvest Loaf

Harvest Loaf

Here are instructions for children to make and bake a harvest loaf out of salt dough – a fun craft for Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival.

You will need:

Heart Choker / Necklace

Heart Choker / Necklace

Give a special friend this personalized heart choker necklace as a very special present!

You will need:

Heart Fridge Magnet

Heart Fridge Magnet

Here’s a handmade kids craft which anyone would be proud to display on their fridge – perfect for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

Heart Plaque Key Ring

Heart Plaque Key Ring

Here’s a sweet craft for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day which the kids will enjoy – and it looks very pretty!

You will need:

Heart Plaque Necklace

Heart Plaque Necklace

This pretty necklace, with a heart plaque made from polymer clay, would be a fun craft activity for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day – or anytime! We made it in pink, but of course red would look stunning, too.

Homemade Heart Bead Necklace

Homemade Heart Bead Necklace

Here’s a pretty Homemade Heart Bead Necklace using polymer clay that kids will enjoy making for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day – or themselves!

Loch Ness Monster Craft

Loch Ness Monster Craft

Who wouldn’t want one of these monsters of their very own! Our Loch Ness Monster craft is simple to make, and very effective.

You will need:

2 colours of polymer clay

Lotus Flower Bowl

Lotus Flower Bowl

This clay modelling craft uses a kitchen bowl as a base to create a lovely lotus flower bowl. It would make a super trinket bowl, and a perfect gift for the kids to give to friends or family – perhaps for Mother’s Day?

Make a Terracotta Warrior

Make a Terracotta Warrior

The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 by a farmer in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China. Dating from 210BC, there are now believed to be an unbelievable 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and a further 150 cavalry horses – the majority of which are still buried and unseen.

Modelling Clay Monster

Modelling Clay Monster

This modelling clay monster craft is a great craft idea for little ones, because anything goes!

You will need:

Play Dough Recipe

Play Dough Recipe

This is an excellent play dough recipe which is fun to make and never fails to provide amusement on a rainy afternoon!

You will need:

Polymer Clay Owl

Polymer Clay Owl

Sam made this little polymer clay owl with four different colours of clay and some simple clay techniques. Very cute!

You will need:

Rainbow Fridge Magnet (Or Brooch)

Rainbow Fridge Magnet

Spotting a rainbow is always a special occasion, and having seen this pretty rainbow fridge magnet craft I am convinced that every family’s fridge needs a rainbow on it!

Rainbow Necklace

Rainbow Necklace

Make a rainbow to wear round your neck for St Patrick’s Day, Spring, or any time you need something bright and pretty to cheer you up!

You will need:

Ribbon Heart Key Ring

Ribbon Heart Key Ring

This makes a cute gift for kids to make for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day – or just for themselves! It looks pretty hanging on a pencil case or satchel.

Rubber Stamped Photo Frame

Rubber Stamped Photo Frame

This quick and easy clay photo frame is incredibly effective, and children will enjoy experimenting with the patterns they can make. Of course, if you don’t like your design you can just roll up the clay and start again.

Salt Dough

Salt Dough

Salt dough won’t last long to play with but it can be sculted into lovely models which can be dried out and kept.

You will need:

Salt Dough Apple Wreath and Name Card Holder

Salt Dough Apple Wreath

This salt dough apple wreath and its matching place card holders look very pretty displayed on a Thanksgiving or Harvest table, are sure to be brought out year after year. You could of course adapt the craft for other fruit and vegetables. Make sure you apply varnish if you want them to last!

Tiger Face Magnet

Tiger Face Magnet

Perfect for the fridge to welcome in the Year of the Tiger, this tiger face magnet would also make a gift for someone born in the Year of the Tiger, either as a magnet (as described here) or perhaps as a brooch.

Tiny Fairy Wands

These gorgeous mini wands are fun to make but take a bit of patience while you wait for them to dry at the various stages. If you are throwing a fairy party, perhaps the party child could make one for each of her guests in advance and pop them in the party bags to take home?

Tulip Magnet

Tulip Magnet

Kids can make this pretty magnet for a Mother’s Day gift or just to cheer up the house during Spring!

You will need:

Valentine Salt Dough Plaques

Valentine Salt Dough Plaques

We had great fun making these salt dough plaques for “best friends” at school.

 

Well certainly NOT a mushroom house, but it gets the brain clicking....hmmmmm what else could I do?

Well certainly NOT a mushroom house, but it gets the brain…

Nadia Furqan
diy

 

Learn more at pagingfunmums.com

So cute! And so easy to make! Great for a creative afternoon with the kids More

So cute! And so easy to make! Great for a creative afternoon with the kids More More

So cute! And so easy to make! Great for a creative afternoon…

Paging Fun Mums
Celebration Ideas
Stacey Oesting
Celebration Ideas

polymer clay ideas – Google Search …

Easy Craft Ideas
Art, Crafts
Susan Alonso
Art, Crafts

 

Learn more at apartmenttherapy.com

Apartment Therapy – Clay Crafts: 10 DIY Projects to Keep or Give as Gifts

Clay Crafts: 10 DIY Projects to Keep or Give as Gifts

Clay Crafts: 10 DIY Projects to Keep or Give as Gifts …

Apartment Therapy
Artsie Fartsie
Melissa Blezy
Artsie Fartsie

 

Learn more at smallfriendly.com

Mini pineapple air plant holders

Mini pineapple air plant holders                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Mini pineapple air plant holders…

Mom
Melissa McCandless
Mom

 

Learn more at littlebrickhouseclayworks.blogspot.com

How to make Clay Tools. The economic way! Easy to make many tools at home using everyday objects that can be turned from their real use into a great clay tool.

little brick house clayworks: How to make Clay Tools. The economic way!

little brick house clayworks: How to make Clay Tools. The…

ceramics
Jesse Cameron
ceramics

Stunning and Unique Clay Art Project Ideas …

Pouted Online Lifestyle Magazine
pottery
Brandie Roquemore
pottery

Diy Stamped Clay Bowls. This is how I could make my own…

Gathering Beauty
DIY Ideas
Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt | Recipes, Crafts and Home Decor
DIY Ideas

Birthstone Little Octopus Mini Marble Friend by…

Crafts
Denise Hayden
Crafts

polymer clay antlers …

Tutorials
Anime Apoiolise
Tutorials

City Of Links Party Feature

City Of Creative Dreams Link Party
Shanice @ City of Creative Dreams
City Of Creative Dreams Link Party

Save
SendLike

Learn more at etsy.com

Kawaii Peas in Pod Handmade in Polymer Clay by MiniMums on Etsy

Kawaii Peas in Pod Handmade in Polymer Clay by MiniMums on…

Etsy
Cute
Emily Powell
Cute

Handmade Braided Wreath Ornament – a quick and simple DIY…

Kathy Hebert
Kathy Hebert
Kathy Hebert

10 Interesting Christmas Tree Crafts For Your Kids …

MomJunction
Christmas
Emily Thompson
Christmas

DIY – Clay Gift Tag Step-by-Step Tutorial using Sculpey Clay…

Handmade lovers
マル ちゃん
Handmade lovers

 

Learn more at alwaysorange.deviantart.com

i chose this because its cute and it could go with my monkey and be a good X -Mas gift or key chain also I want a baby elephant!

Baby Elephant Charm by alwaysorange

Baby Elephant Charm by alwaysorange …

Inspiratie
Diana Fălan Asandei
Inspiratie

How to Make a Clay Ghost Tealight. These simple tealight…

Mum In The Madhouse
Craft ideas
Jasmine Zarbin
Craft ideas

why do i have to put a description to move a pin to a…

DIY projects to try
Lori Nichols
DIY projects to try

The Beginner’s Guide to Crafting with Clay: Polymer Clay…

Pretty Prudent Tutes
Pretty Prudent
Pretty Prudent Tutes

Mini clay Guinea Pigs! I should try and make some for Leni…

leuk
yaela wasch
leuk

Mrs. Amanda Love – this one has your name all over it ;)…

Christmas
Paige Davidson
Christmas

 

Learn more at etsy.com

This beautiful IPad, tablet, phone holder is hand-formed out of clay and fired with beautiful ceramic glazes. It easily holds any of these

I think this was created with polymer clay but there's nothing to stop you making your own out of air dry clay! ;)

I think this was created with polymer clay but there’s…

Emily
Pottery ideas

La actividad seria construir platos en base de arcilla…

Montse
Manualitats infantils

Polymer clay sculpted angel wing earrings – My Vian …

Brambor Ka
Polymer

Incense Burner TeePee that smokes, Ceramic Navy Blue and…

Etsy
feel free to buy me these and I'll love you forever
Megan Metruck
feel free to buy me these and I’ll love you forever

These simple easy roses can be used for a number of things…

FabDIY
Projects to Try
Brenda Gerber
Projects to Try

This listing is for one Bookworm Polymer Clay Sculpt…

Etsy
General Arts & Crafts
Linda Mathis
General Arts & Crafts

The Beginner’s Guide to Crafting with Clay: Polymer Clay…

Pretty Prudent Tutes
Pretty Prudent
Pretty Prudent Tutes

recipe for clay jewelry. 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup cornstarch…

polymer clay
Sandra Casey
polymer clay

Wee Pigling Ornament – so simple and easy – would make cute…

Clay Charms :)
Shelby Prescott
Clay Charms 🙂

Emoji Charm Polymer Clay Choose One by DaCraftyLilninja on…

Polymer Clay
Carol McInnis
Polymer Clay
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s