24 Jan 2021Mont Marte

Whether you’re looking for an easy décor activity or you just want to create, these air dry clay projects tick all the boxes. From incense holders, to DIY lamps and cute little animal sculptures, we’ve collected some of our faves from around the globe to give you some ideas to try!


1. Incense holders
Various air dry clay incense holders.

If you enjoy burning incense when you’re relaxing or meditating, this air dry clay project is right up your alley. You can make any design you like and even add some colour using acrylic paints.


2. Hanging garden
Pot planters made from air dry clay hanging on a wall with plants in it.

Want to build a hanging garden? These planter pockets from Design Love Fest will really liven up your space. Give them a few coats of acrylic paint to help seal the clay, then pop some air plants, succulents or fake plants in and admire your work. To stop water from damaging your pot, we’d suggest putting the succulents in a recycled plastic bottle (with the top cut off) or a small pot.

3. Animal ornaments
Sloth animal ornament made from clay.

Images: Falling Fauna

These cute air dry clay sculptures are a great addition to any space. They also make a great handmade gift for the animal lovers in your life!


4. House lamp
White house lantern with lamp inside.

Add some warmth to your home with this beautiful DIY lantern design. Cut out the shapes for each side and then add windows and a door before you join them all together. Once it’s dry you can put fairy lights or an LED candle inside to light it up.


5. Circle garland
Hand holding a circle garland.

Image: Poppy Talk

You might have seen paper garlands, but did you know that you can also make them using air dry clay? Simply cut out your shapes and put a hole through them using a needle or skewer so that you can thread string through once they’re dry.

6. Patterned trinket dish
Trinket dish with gold rings inside next to a pink alarm clock.

Give your bits-n-pieces a place to rest with this patterned trinket dish. Put it wherever you usually leave your keys, jewellery or coins to keep your house looking nice and tidy. It also helps minimise those wild hunts when you can’t find your favourite ring or car keys.

7. Animal trinket dishes
Fox animal trinket dish made from clay.

While we’re on the topic of trinket dishes, we couldn’t leave out these cute creations from Sophie Cane. We won’t be surprised if you let out a little ‘aw’ every time you collect your jewellery.

8. Easy star lamp
Star lamp made from air dry clay.

This simple DIY star lamp is a great activity to do with the kids. All you need is some air dry clay, a few tools, a shape cutter and an LED light to bring this beauty to life. Check out our video tutorial here to see how it’s done.

9. Patterned lamps
Two air dry clay lanterns with lights inside.

Want to take it up a level? For this DIY lamp project, we used a hobby knife to cut a pattern into the clay. You might need a bit of patience for this one, but it does make a great addition to your bedroom or living area. Watch the video tutorial here to see how it's done.

10. Rainbow sculpture
Rainbow sculpture made from clay on a bench near kitchenware.

Image: Fall For DIY

Add some colour to your room with a rainbow air dry clay sculpture. Create the arches (making sure they fit inside one another) and paint them using acrylic paint. We love the earthy colour palette above, but you can choose any colour combinations you like!

11. Rope Bowl
Bowl made from clay with oranges inside.

Image: Fall for DIY

Make a bowl with a twist. For this air dry clay project, Francesca from Fall for DIY has added a nice little boho touch to her fruit bowl by weaving some cord together. If you plan to put real fruit inside it, we’d suggest putting a smaller plastic or wooden bowl inside to help keep your creation in top shape.

12. Air plant pots
Three pineapple pot planters with green plants inside.

Looking for an excuse to go to the nursery? These air plant pots from Small Friendly give you a pretty good reason to pop in and pick up some greenery. When it’s time to water your plants, make sure you take them out of their pots before you give them a spritz. This will help protect the clay from water damage (if you paint them with a few coats of acrylic paint that will help too).

Feeling inspired? Try out some of these air dry clay projects or make your own! We love this medium because anyone can use it and you don’t even need an oven to bake your creations. Simply build your sculpture and let it dry. What are you waiting for?

We’d love to see what you’re creating, so make sure you tag us on Instagram or Facebook using @montmarteart and we’ll check it out!