Hi all! Are you looking for some easy to do polymer clay crafts that only need simple tools to get started yet will make an amazing first impression as potential gifts or keepsakes? Maybe you’re not yet ready to take on the more advanced techniques like making canes or highly intricate jewelry methods. That’s OK, we’ve got you covered!
Well you’ve found the right place, as I’m going to show you a handful of ideas that you’ll really enjoy and that you won’t need a ton of time and effort to do, some of them may take a few hours but they will definitely bring a smile to your face.
Or maybe you’re like me and you don’t yet have some of the more, sophisticated tools like the pasta roller. Which is OK too!
Pin to Your Clay Board
You know that part of a wall that’s kind of narrow and it’s hard to come up with something to decorate it that’s not too big and bulky? Maybe it’s the front entrance hallway or that one wall in the kitchen where you keep all your memos, or it’s a smaller room like the bathroom. This would be the perfect place for a piece of clay decor in colors and shapes that will stand out.
What do you think of this, it was built upon a substrate of cardboard which is another thing you can do, use something like that as the base and build upon it with a two-dimensional, raised appearance.
Image credit: Image by artisanpallet
One approach I really dig is the style in which four or five shapes are connected together by something like jute cord. Think geometric shapes like circles, triangles, and rainbows seem to be popular too. Also try to have a bigger shape in the middle and smaller ones at the top and bottom, the “swag” arrangement will make it all come together well.
Single objects can work too, I’ve done my share of these; it helps if you’ve got a pattern to go by. You can use a more lightweight type of clay such as Sculpey Ultra Light so the resulting piece will not feel overly heavy.
Who doesn’t need one of these, if you take off your jewelry at the end of a busy day and need a handy catch-all for it, you will always know where to find it if you’ve got one of these on your nightstand or dresser.
This one example I found is really good. The creator mixed three different colors together to give it that marbled look, which makes it appealing to look at. Also a bowl or actual dish was used to build it out, and so if you can mix and roll clay, you can do this , too, and have a nice little (and functional) statement piece as a result!
Image credit: Trinket dish from clay by Sabu dawdy
Not only are these really cute, they will be a big hit for weddings, graduations and birthday celebrations. Animals and human figures as well as mythical creatures like unicorns and dragons seem to be popular too. Don’t worry, they don’t actually touch the cake as they are made to sit atop a base made of something like clear acrylic.
If you want to give it a shot you can check out my tutorial here, it shows you how you can make one of these, and you only need a few other tools besides the clay. Lots of fun. This is my unicorn topper right here!
Need some suggestions for animals/people/creatures that would make for great cake toppers? I’ve seen all of these on Pinterest so it’s a safe bet they’d be pretty popular.
- Panda bears
Not to be confused with fondant…I use clay exclusively in my figurines.
Yes, although I do get into “functional art” a great deal, some things don’t really have to do anything but just be there. Consider the cake toppers above, after the festivities are over, they will look just as good on your bookshelf, dresser or mantelpiece.
Yes, You Can Make Beads…
If you do it a certain way, that is …😁
Some of the more”professional” looking jewelry beads and components do take some level of skill, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun of making dazzling beads of your own that could put those cookie-cutter mass produced selections to shame! The best part of making beads is that they are a great way to use up leftover clay that you are saddled with after another project.
Making your own handmade beads is actually very simple and straightforward if you follow my approach that I talk about here. Older kids and clay newbies can learn to make attractive beads that can be strung and hung, and worn with aplomb after baking.
You can make round, oval, square or oblong and three dimensional beads, I’ve done triangle shapes too which is also interesting to look at.. You can make small, big, or medium beads, the possibilities are endless.
Beads are something that will always come in handy no matter what you’re trying to do; not just for jewelry, but you could put them with one of the wall hangings as above, they will pair up nicely if the color are similar. They can also work for keychains and adornments for statement pieces like outdoor yard art or windchimes.
And if you’re anything like me, you may always be running out of the acrylic kind or can’t seem to find the right combination of colors. If you custom sculpt your own you will never have that problem again.
Decorate Your Dishware
This one is highly popular too, and if you have some basic knowledge of how clay works you can do this too. Sculpt some shapes or designs using a three-dimensional object like a coffee mug, as the base to create a super jazzy looking piece of drinkware!
I put this in the “easy” category simply because you have a hard, nonporous substrate to build upon, it’s easier work when you don’t have to worry about things like how to pose a figure or how to get the pieces to stick together.
You’ll want to have an idea of a design first to go on, like in this example, flowers – I’ve also seen whimsical-looking figures and fantasy creatures represented too. The only thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have to use liquid clay to so the design will secure permanently after being baked.
Well there you have it…that’s five easy polymer clay crafts you should try now, you will get a kick out of them for sure. And don’t forget to pass this along to your friends. Any other ideas I should add to the list, please comment below, I’d enjoy hearing about what you’ve discovered. Bye for now.