DIY making clay necklace pendants

March 8, 2016

how to make clay necklace pendants

I never considered myself a DIY’er or a crafter but since I started some crafts for this blog a while ago, I can’t seem to stop.  It’s so addictive.  My latest crafting obsession is making stuff with home bake clay.  Oh the possibilities!  My first DIY clay project was making clay necklace pendants for kids. We chose moon and star shaped pendants but you could go any any shape you like.  Here’s what we did:

What you need:
Home bake clay
Cookie cutters
Wooden bamboo skewer or similar
Necklace cords (18 inches)
Acrylic paints + paintbrush
Fine tipped marker pen
(I have included links at the bottom to all the supplies I used)

DIY clay necklace pendants

Roll out your clay to about 7-8mm thickness.  You can’t go thinner than this as you will need to make a hole later to string the necklace – so any thinner and the hole won’t be big enough.  Using your cookie cutters, make your shapes and very gently push the clay out of the moulds.

Take your bamboo skewer (or similar) and make a hole at the top of each shape as per the pictures below. Be as gentle as possible as you don’t want to distort the shape of the clay.  Keep pushing your bamboo skewer through the hole and gently expanding the hole until it’s big enough for your necklace cord to go through.

how to make clay pendants

Bake the clay shapes according to the instructions on the packet.  Once they’re baked and cooled, paint them with your acrylic paints – you’ll need at least 2 coats.  I used ash pink for the star and antique white for the moon.  Draw on the sleepy eyes with a fine marker pen.  Finally thread the shapes on to the necklace cords and your sleepy moon and star necklaces are ready.

making clay necklace pendants

how to make clay pendants

These DIY clay necklaces are a cute accessory for your own kids but they also make fun handmade gifts or party bag fillers.  Making clay necklace pendants is also such a fun activity to do on a play date.  We often bring out the clay when Anya has friends over and they love it – and it’s really not messy so I’m happy too.

Where to get the supplies:
Home bake clay – UK readers can find it here and US readers here.
Necklace cords – find them here
Fine tipped marker pen – UK readers can find it here and US readers here.
Matt acrylic paints  – this is the brand I use and love

P.S. Here is another cute and easy DIY project which also makes a lovely handmade gift

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  • Mel

    They look really sweet and would make a perfect DIY present! My children would love to make them, thanks for the inspiration lovely. X

    • ebabee likes

      So glad you liked it and coincidentally, when making I did think of you – thinking I wonder what you would make with this clay. It’s such a fun craft for any age – even my hubby Richard has been sculpting! x

  • Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Nomita these are genius! So simple but so effective and they would be SO cute for party favours for a girl’s birthday. Thanks for sharing with us x Off to pin and share myself!

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you Michelle. We so enjoyed making them – think I’ve found a new hobby – sculpting with clay. Just wondering what I can make next! x

  • Jacqui @ Mummy's Little Monkey/MLM Life & Style

    These are so adorable!!!! I’m not naturally arty but don’t mind a bit of crafting. These would be perfect for the girls – the not–too-messy part appeals to me!!! 😉 xx

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you! Yes, the ‘not messy’ part is a real win win as A loves playing with clay and I don’t need to be the crazy, mad control freak that I am with anything even vaguely messy! xx

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