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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Sarah Stearns has helped millions of makers find their next craft project with free patterns and step-by-step tutorials on her blog, sarahmaker.com. Read more.
With over a decade of experience in knitting and crochet, she has been featured in prominent publications like The New York Times, Scientific American, Good Housekeeping, Vox, Apartment Therapy, and Lifehacker.
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.