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Need inspiration for your next polymer clay project? Check out this list of fun and creative polymer clay ideas, including clay earrings, jewelry, accessories, home decor, and more!
Polymer clay is a fun and versatile craft material that you can use to make a wide variety of creative projects.
Many people use polymer clay to make modern earrings and colorful jewelry. Others sculpt it into miniature figures or roll it into beads. Don’t stop there! You can make home decor projects, like ring dishes and candle holders, too!
Creating with Clay
There are so many ways to be creative with polymer clay. You can blend two or more colors of clay to create your custom shades. Then, you can add texture by impressing the clay with various tools. Or, you can sculpt it to create realistic figurines. And after baking, you can sand it, polish it, or paint it.
It’s great for making crafts projects at home since it’s relatively inexpensive, widely available, and lasts a long time. Here are some of the best brands of polymer clay: Best Polymer Clay for Earrings and Jewelry
Plus, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to start making polymer clay projects. All you need is some clay, a few hand tools, and a regular home oven. You can even pick up an inexpensive polymer clay kit to get everything you need at once.
What can I make with polymer clay?
One of the things I love most about polymer clay is that it is so versatile! You can use polymer clay to make all sorts of decorative and functional items, like jewelry, accessories, dishes, and candle holders. The only limit is your imagination!
As a beginner, start with simple polymer clay projects, like marbled beads for pendant necklaces.
Then, try making functional polymer clay projects like leather-effect bookmarks and terrazzo ring dishes.
As you learn more skills, practice your sculpting techniques and make cute polymer clay animals and charms.
Polymer Clay Ideas
In the list below, I’ve gathered a wide variety of polymer clay ideas to inspire your next project.
- polymer clay projects for kids
- functional polymer clay ideas for your home
- polymer clay designs for adults
- and of course, polymer clay jewelry ideas
Clay Jewelry Tutorial
Polymer clay is an excellent material for making all kinds of colorful jewelry, including clay earrings, beads, and sculpted charms.
If you are interested in learning how to make polymer clay earrings, check out my step-by-step tutorial: How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings.
And then, be sure to read this complete tutorial for the best way to bake polymer clay for great results.
Polymer Clay Project Ideas
The best polymer clay ideas and project tutorials, from beginner to advanced. See all sorts of projects including polymer clay jewelry, accessories, home decor, and more.
How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings
Learn how to make modern abstract polymer clay earrings with this easy DIY craft tutorial. I'll show you lots of polymer clay jewelry techniques, including marble, terrazzo, ombre, arch shapes, and more.
DIY Tube Beads with Polymer Clay
I love the sophisticated look of these polymer clay tube bead necklaces made with speckled polymer clay.
DIY Polymer Clay Incense Holder
You'll go crazy for this modern take on a DIY incense holder. I love the clean lines and simple shapes!
Marbled Clay Ring Dish
Make a cute marbled polymber clay ring dish to corral your rings and other small jewelry.
How to Make Polymer Clay Beads
This tutorial will show you how to make beautiful, lightweight polymer clay beads using patterned canes and wooden filler beads.
Polymer Clay Keychains
If you are new at working with polymer clay, this keychain tutorial is a perfect place to start. You'll make a modern keyfob to dress up your keys.
Modern Terrazzo Incense Holder
Let's try a home decor project next! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use polymer clay to make a modern incense holder.
Marbled Polymer Clay Ring Cone
These cute little ring cones are the perfect project to make with scrap pieces of polymer clay. Make a bunch, since they make great birthday presents and teacher gifts!
Personalized Clay Charms
This tutorial may be written to make a personalized polymer clay chain for a wedding bouquet, but you can use the same technique to make a custom necklace pendant or charm.
Faux Leather Polymer Clay Bookmarks
Have you seen leather-effect polymer clay yet? It has a flexible textured surface that really looks like faux leather. This tutorial will show you how to make leather-look-alike bookmarks from polymer clay.
DIY Rainbow Magnets
Here's another easy project that perfect for polymer clay beginners. You'll learn how to create adorable rainbow shaped magnets that will dress up any fridge.
Faux Leather Mini Baskets
Keep your desk tidy with these mini storage baskets made from polymer clay. Since this leather-effect clay is still so flexible after baking, you can bend and fold it into a basket shape -- all without cracks or glue!
DIY Clay Wall Hanging
This DIY project uses polymer clay in an unexpected way to create a custom wall hanging. Instead of making jewelry for your ears, you'll learn how to make jewelry for your walls.
Make A Clay Petal Planter
Add a fun pop of color to your shelf with this rainbow polymer clay planter project. Use premade shades or mix your own custom colors to create a colorful planter that reflects your personal style.
Polymer Clay Faux Leather Pouch
Here's another leather-effect clay project. And this time, you'll be making a small pouch for storing coins or other small items. I bet you didn't know polymer clay could be this flexible!
DIY Clay Hand Dish
Check out this version of a modern ring dish made from polymer clay. You'll use a simple mold made from aluminum foil to support your hand dish as it bakes in the oven.
Polymer Clay Moon Garland
If you love sparkle and shine, you'll love this polymer clay moon garland. This tutorial will show you how to combine metallic polymer clay and real silver leaf metal foil to create a unique crackle effect.
DIY Polymer Clay Jewelry
Make some colorful statement earrings with leather-effect polymer clay. Since this clay is so flexible, you can bend, roll, and even sew it after it's baked.
Polymer Clay Tea Light
This tutorial will show you how to braid ropes of polymer clay to create a knit-look texture. Wrap the clay around a glass votive to make a cozy tea light candle.
Personalized Key Chain
Use polymer clay and letter stamps to create a personalized keychain in any color you like!
Polymer Clay Hair Barrettes
If you've ever wanted to combine your love for polymer clay with your love for Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines, you have to check out this post. It will show you how to use a cutting machine to cut and emboss polymer clay. Cool, right?
More DIY Jewelry Ideas
- Clay Bead Bracelet Ideas and DIY Tutorial
- How to Make Stretchy Beaded Bracelets with Elastic Cord
- How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings
- How to Bake Polymer Clay for the Best Results
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Sunday 4th of June 2023
Stupid question where can we buy the metal rings? Ear rings fronts & backs for pierced ears? I'm having hard time finding supplies to put mine together with. I don't buy online. But I do have friends who do. But most places I've looked are out of USA & shipping costs doesn't seem worth it. Just making gifts for my daughters & family members for Christmas birthday gifts. Something they can't find anywhere else?
Sunday 4th of June 2023
Hi Mary, Do you have a Michaels or a Joann near you? They might have what you're looking for.
Sunday 30th of May 2021
Thank you sooo much for all these tutorial and guidance. It's really awesome of you to share your knowledge.