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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!
Also, here’s tons of easy crafting projects on this blog, including these you’ll want to see:
- FREE Pattern – Fabric Hanging Basket
- Free Template – Super Easy Felt Storage Cube to DIY
- Free Template – Folded Felt Flowers
Enjoy! Now, back to the air dry clay tutorial:
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.
Air Dry Clay Bracelet How-To
- air dry clay (my favorite is DAS brand)
- 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:
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:
4) Leave the beads for a day or two to dry. The bigger the beads, the longer they will take to dry.
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.