DIY Spring Clay Necklace
Celebrating spring is one of our favorite things to do. There are so many adorable spring themed crafts to be made this time of year. Kids of all ages will have fun making this flower and butterfly shaped clay necklace to keep for themselves or give for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation.
In just a few easy steps, these handmade clay necklace pendants are made from air clay and hand decorated with a variety of art supplies. Blending markers with paints gives the flower and butterfly pendants a super cool tie dye effect that makes them even more trendy. Pick out your favorite paints, markers and beads and let’s get crafting!
- Lil’ Poster Paint Pods – Neon & Glitter
- Chroma Blends Watercolor Brush Markers
- The Ink Works Markers
- Watercolor Paints (optional)
- Air clay
- Mod Podge or other like water base sealer
- Rolling pin
- Spring shaped cookie cutters
- Skewer or sharpened pencil
- String for necklaces, cut to desired length
- Decorative beads (optional)
Roll out the air clay to about ¼” thick.
Cut out small pendants with your favorite spring shaped cookie cutters. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use a skewer or sharpened pencil to create a small hole in the top of the pendant.
Have an adult bake the clay for 15 minutes at 275º Fahrenheit, or according to the clay packaging.
Let the pendants cool completely.
Decorate with your favorite markers and paints. Start laying on brilliant color with your brush markers then add in tiny amounts of watercolor paint (with a paint brush) to create a tie dye effect. For some sparkle add a bit of glittery poster paint. Don’t be afraid to experiment or blend different colors together to create a new look.
Once the markers and paint have dried, create bold black lines to give the pendants more definition.
Allow the clay pendants to dry completely.
Carefully apply a thin coat of clear varnish to seal in your designs. Mod Podge works well, just be sure not to close up the hole for your string.
Allow the pendants to dry for 24 hours.
Once thoroughly dried, add the pendant and any other decorative beads you may have to a necklace string to finish your DIY Spring Necklace. If you accidentally sealed the hole with glue, have an adult use a safety pin to carefully reopen the clay necklace hole.
Feeling extra crafty today? Try making your own wooden decorative beads to use as accents on your necklace. Check out our post Wooden Bead Necklace post for more inspiration.
Your kids will have fun decorating these clay necklaces for their friends and wearing them themselves. These necklaces also make the perfect homemade gifts for moms and teachers. Handmade gifts, especially jewelry, is an easy gift idea for Mother’s Day that mom will definitely love.
I’m a creator. I’m the happiest when I’m making things. I especially love painting, crafting, and cooking. Between working on art projects with my two little ones, my husband and I run a bed and breakfast out of our family home. Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to create something of your own! Stop by Made It Mommy for more fun and ideas! Or visit me on Instagram and Facebook Skyelar Hoort