Looking for polymer clay ideas for beginners? These DIY earrings and tiny charms are easy and fun for kids to make.
Sculpey polymer clay is one of my favorite crafting materials, one I’ve loved since I was a kid myself. It comes in vibrant colors that you can mix, amd it’s easy to manipulate into detailed shapes. It also bakes to a lovely professional finish.
Sculpey Clay made my Best Toys for Teaching Creative Problem Solving list a few years back, and I’ve shared a few of my childhood Sculpey creations as well. My son used Sculpey clay in his ancestry float identity project for school when he was in second grade, and the kids love using Sculpey clay to make handmade gifts. Here are a few other Sculpey clay resources from this blog:
- DIY Winnie the Pooh Figurines
- DIY Polymer Clay Yoda Tutorial
- Tiny Clay House Tutorial
- Polymer Clay Books We Recommend
Polymer Clay Ideas for Beginners: DIY Earrings and Charms
Today’s project features these lovely DIY earrings. They are super easy to make! My 5yo even made a couple pairs before moving onto charms (more on that soon).
DIY Polymer Clay Earring Materials
Here’s what you need to make these earrings:
- Sculpey polymer clay
- Acrylic roller
- Earring hooks or earring posts. You can even buy clip-on earring findings for kids who want to wear earrings but don’t have pierced ears.
- Sculpey mini metal cutters
How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings
Earrings are one of my favorite polymer clay ideas for kids, because they are quick to make and feel so fancy! Here’s what you need to do:
- Use your acrylic roller to roll out the clay in whatever colors you like.
- Cut out shapes using your Sculpey mini metal cutters. You can cut them out by hand as well, of course.
- Attach the shapes to your earrings hooks or earring posts or clip-on earring findings or screw eyes. All of the earrings featured in this post are double sided.
- Bake your earrings or charms.
- Be sure to let your polymer clay jewelry cool before handling.
Check your package for instructions, but Sculpey clay usually bakes at 275F for 15 minutes per quarter inch. Earrings are, conveniently, about a quarter inch. We usually bake our clay on parchment baking paper.
Can you recognize the design on these earrings that my son made as a gift for his sister? I have a hint for you: she loves all things Harry Potter. The kids also made some really great flying snitch earrings that I need to grab an photograph one of these days!
Have you ever made polymer clay earrings? What other polymer clay ideas do you have to share that our family should try? Share your recommendations in the comments below, on my Facebook page, or by tagging me on Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter to receive book recommendations, crafts, activities, and parenting tips in your inbox every week.