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Air-dry clay is a great material for pretty much any sculptor out there. For newbies, it’s a great way to get a feel for the hobby, and how to work in a medium that is unlike pretty much any other.

For experienced artists, it’s a material to brainstorm ideas out with, as you’ll be able to see the results quickly enough.

If you’re just starting, perhaps you’ll find these 9 air dry clay ideas a great tool to get your creative hands on!

Clay Bowl

To start our ideas list for that piece of air dry clay that you have lying around, let’s take a look at an idea that everyone will be able to see the beautiful uses of.

Bowls are something that pretty much everyone needs in their homes, so it’s hard to deny that they’re useful to a household.

And with these clay pot designs, it’s going to be hard to deny their beauty as well!

They are perfect for many uses. Clay bowls can come in different shapes and sizes. The only thing that they are limited by is your imagination. Well, technically how quick it dries and its weight are important too, but don’t let that put you off an amazing bowl design!

Pinch Pots

When it comes to starting, sculpting with air dry clay is a tricky material to work with for some, especially if you are new to the hobby.

Quite often, it is better to start by trying to work on smaller projects, so that you can get a feel for how clay behaves and dries whilst you are working on it.

For this reason, pinch pots are a very popular early project that many clay enthusiasts start with, as they are relatively simple, and can be as intricate as the hobbyist wants them to be.

You could add some pieces to your living room wall, which would make your space seem larger. You could also paint it white and then apply some faux finishes over the top to create a vintage effect.

Air-dry clay is such a versatile material that you can do almost anything with it, so why not try one out? It’s easy to find, cheap, and super fun to play around with.

Clay Mushroom Decoration

Mushrooms have this rustic, almost whimsical feel to them. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re unlike pretty much any other plant that we know of, making them stand out even more.

Perhaps it’s the various shapes the heads of these bulbous living creatures take across the world. It could be the massive range of colors that they come in, adding a dash of light, red, blue, or even purple, to the green and brown undergrowth of forests around the world.

For whatever reason, mushrooms have become as treasured for their decorative looks as they are for their deliciousness. And one of the best ways to capture that look is through the medium of air-dry clay!

This recipe is really simple to follow. All you need to do is add water to a bowl, mix the two, and leave it to sit for about 20 minutes before taking it outside and shaping it into what you want it to be.

And don’t let nature’s color palette tell you what color your mushrooms should be. They can be any color, or any shape, that your mind can dream up!

If you’ve got some air-dry clay sitting around, then you can turn it into a wonderful little creation like this.

Clay Christmas Decoration

Ah, the winter season. Who doesn’t love setting up their home in a festive light during those cold winter months? Decked out halls, bright reds, greens, and golds all around the home. And, of course, the decorating of a good old-fashioned Christmas tree!

With so many decorations that can be put on a Christmas tree, why not make your tree stand out a little more, with some air dry clay decorations?

Not only are they an adorable way to prepare for the season ahead, but they’ll also produce decorations that no one else will be able to replicate! They’ll be your little symbol of Christmas for years to come!

These clay Christmas decorations are just perfect for hanging on the side of your house, or maybe even giving as gifts to friends and family. It makes for a truly original gift this year.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own unique Christmas decorations! 

Terracotta Air Dry Clay Earrings

Jewelry can come in pretty much any shape, size, and style that you can think of these days.

Whilst glass, metals, and precious gems are probably the most common materials that are used in highbrow jewelry these days, there’s something to be said about the look and feel of a well-made, well-maintained, and well-cared for piece of wooden or stone ornament to your person.

If you’re looking to fashion a piece that will set you apart from anyone else on a night out, then perhaps you should take a look at these terracotta earrings. With a little time and patience, they’ll set you apart from the rest of the crowd!

And if you have some air-dry clay lying around, then you can use it to create these beautiful earrings. You may be surprised by how easy it is to create such beautiful pieces of art using only natural ingredients!

Yarn & Clay Wall Hanging

Hanging wall decorations have seen a big resurgence in the last few years. Their simple shapes and bold colors make them stand out against an undecorated wall, so they have become very popular for people who want to add something to their home, without accidentally damaging their walls and surfaces.

Renters of apartments are especially keen on making their space feel like home, so these air clay hanging decorations are perfect for their needs.

But, if you live in a small apartment, or simply prefer to keep things minimalistic, then don’t worry – you can still get creative and craft a hanging decoration that works perfectly for your living area.

All you need to start crafting this design is some yarn, string, or twine, and some air dry clay to hold it all together. The sky’s the limit with this project – whether you choose to hang your decoration from the ceiling or the floor, nothing is stopping you from crafting your eye-catching piece of artwork!

Hanging Clay Planters

Thanks to the relatively chemically neutral nature of air-dry clay, they often make great holders for plants of virtually any kind. Whether it is a succulent, flower, or even a little bonsai tree, they are a great way of displaying your growing and gardening passion with a little rustic charm to them.

These hanging planters take that to the next level – not only do they provide a place for your plant to grow, but they also act as a decorative element to your home!

They won’t require too much maintenance either, as they are made entirely from non-toxic, biodegradable material. So, no more worrying about having to clean up after yourself when watering your garden!

Clay Candle Holders

There is no limit to what air-dry clay can add to your home. A simple decorative piece. A useful piece of utility, such as with a bowl.

Even something to help you pursue your other creative interests, such as helping you out with gardening pots, or being a great place to store your pens, pencils, and brushes for your painting and drawing past times.

This candle holder idea combines a little bit of all of these into one project. It takes just a couple of hours to complete, and while it looks incredibly intricate, it requires very little skill!

All you need to do is cut out some basic shapes, glue them onto the base, and then paint them. Once you’ve done that, you can sit back and enjoy watching them dry off and harden!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy project to try out, this could be the answer to your musings as to how to best use that air-dry clay that has been lying around for a while.

DIY Herb Garden Marker

Are you the sort of person who loves gardening and planting? Do you love the experience of planting a seed or a small cutting, and caring for these young plants as you watch them blossom into life?

The rewards for growing your plants and herbs are unlike any hobby. Whilst it takes a lot of time and patience, the results can often taste as great as they look!

But it can be hard to keep track of which pots contain which plants that you’re growing. Especially when they are still just seedlings!

Markers are a great way of keeping track of the plants you’re growing. And this air-drying clay plant marker is the perfect way to combine your two hobbies of gardening and clay sculpting into one useful tool!

These little ceramic plant markers can feature the same kind of stylized leaves found in many of our other clay sculptures. Or, if you want to stick to the practical side of things, they can also be a great tool for keeping track of your plants, by engraving the leaf of the herb or plant you are growing on them.

Whatever tracker works best for you, you can carve into these markers.


All of these ideas are the perfect project for air dry clay sculptures of any level, whether you’re a newcomer to this hobby, or you have a little more experience and want to see what other people are making.

Of course, this is just a drop in the ocean of air-dry clay sculpting. There are so many amazing ideas floating around out there, that we couldn’t possibly include them all here.

But we hope that this list of ideas will help sculpt your hobby into something that you craft your path out of!

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