Clay Charms

These clay creations can be used as key chain charms or bag charms, or can even be worn as a pendant. Make them for your mom on Mother's Day or for your friends on Valentine's Day.
Clay Charms craft


  • Air dry modeling clay (e.g. Crayola Model Magic or
    Amaco cloud clay) or homemade salt dough
  • Pipe cleaner/craft wire/paper clip
  • Scissors
  • Things to decorate the clay with: rhinestones,
    beads, glitter glue, photo (optional)
  • Cookie cutter or shape mold (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as beads and rhinestones are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Clay Charms 1. You can use either commercial air dry clay or prepare your own salt dough.
Step 2 Clay Charms 2. Mold the clay into the desired shape. You can shape it with your hands or use a cookie cutter or a play dough shape mold.
Step 3 Clay Charms 3. To create this swirly effect, combine two colors of clay, and mix only partially before molding into the intended shape.
Step 4 Clay Charms Ask for an adult's help.4. Make a link by inserting any of these at the top end of the shape:

a.) a paper clip;
b.) bend a short pipe cleaner or craft wire into a "U" shape;
c.) Loop one end of a short piece of pipe cleaner or craft wire;
Step 5 Clay Charms 5. Carefully bury the link deep into the clay until only a small loop is visible. Pat the clay around the link.
Step 6a Clay Charms 6. Some ideas on how to decorate the clay shape:

a.) Add details with bits of clay.
Step 6b Clay Charms b.) Embed rhinestones and beads into the clay.
Step 6c Clay Charms c.) Add a photo at the center. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Step 7 Clay Charms 7. Let the clay set overnight. Once dry, your clay creations be used as keychain charms. They'll be awesome handmade gifts for your friends and loved ones.
Step 8 Clay Charms 8. They can also be used as bag charms.
Step 9 Clay Charms 9. It can even be worn as a pendant! Enjoy wearing your clay creations or make one for your mom on Mother's Day or for your friends on Valentine's Day.