DIY Bracelet - Air Dry Clay

This is a great mother's day gift idea kids can make - diy bracelet made of air dry clay.  While kids will enjoy the process itself, they will love the colorful results, too (here's one more post from Easter!). Making diy air dry clay bracelets involves a great set of activities for toddler to school-age kids: a lot of fine motor skills activities, painting, color mixing and threading. Take a look at this easy how-to and make your own beaded bracelets!

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Air drying clay is a versatile material and great for kids crafts. We had some of the white air dry clay left from our previous project, and DIY bracelets seemed to be the best way to go for. Check them out!


​Learn how to make a diy bracelet out of air dry clay. A great diy gift kids can make for mother's day, too.

Making a bracelet out of diy beads is a fun and easy kids activity. Also, it makes a great Mother's day or teacher appreciation gift.


You'll Need:


  • air dry clay (my favorite is this one by DAS)
  • a few small dowels or simply toothpicks
  • paint (acrylic will hold, nail polish is an option, glitter paint is great too)
  • rolling pin, paintbrush
  • satin ribbon or twine
  • plastic large-eye needle for crafting



How To Make Air Dry Clay Bracelet - Tutorial


1) Open your package of air drying clay - you only need a portion of it, better work in small chunks to avoid drying it too quickly.

2) Knead the clay a bit to soften it, then pinch off a small portion and then you have several options of how to make beads. We applied two:


diy bracelet out of air dry clay.

2a) Roll it into a spaghetti-like form. Flatten it, and then start rolling it around a toothpick. This is how some of the beads were made. They turned out beautiful.


2b) An easier option (and sometimes better-suited for toddlers) is to simply make a ball and pierce the toothpick through the middle, like this:
​Learn how to make a diy bracelet out of air dry clay. A great diy gift kids can make for mother's day, too.


4) Leave the beads for a day or two to dry. The bigger the beads, the longer they will take to dry.

​Learn how to make a diy bracelet out of air dry clay. A great diy gift kids can make for mother's day, too.

5) Once the beads dried out, we painted them. What a fun activity! We used tempera paint. If you are after a more permanent solution, and probably with older kids, use acrylic paint or nail polish.

great mother's day gift kids can make

6) We let the paint dry, then in one of the next days, another activity took place; fine motor skills, kids! She enjoyed threading the beads, using one of the plastic large-eye needles for crafting. The needle is not sharp and a bit thicker than the real one. This made the activity easier.

​Learn how to make a diy bracelet out of air dry clay. A great diy gift kids can make for mother's day, too.

7) When you have enough beads on the satin ribbon, tie the ribbon. Done. Now it's time your kids start playing. Our daughter tried them all on, to see if they'd fit. 

great mother's day gift kids can make
 What I love about the air drying clay is that it's so easy to use, no heat treatment needed, as you just leave it there to air dry. It's easy to paint, and a very light material. Meaning even larger beads will still be great kids jewelry.

air dry clay bracelet for kids to make

As long as made by kids, moms, aunties, or grandmas will love it, no matter what material, dimension, or color. I made a simple fabric buttoned pocket to serve as gift wrap, and it turned out lovely. I think the pocket itself, too, deserves a short how-to. You know me; I can't keep an easy sewing project to myself :)

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