DIY Texture Clay Pendants

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DIY clay pendant texture necklaces - great kid holiday gift!

I’m attempting to post 5 DIY projects this week as ideas for DIY holiday gifts. We’ll see if I make it through all 5, but my intentions are good and Holy Christmas, I’ll do my best.

This first project is super duper easy and the best part of making these pendants is exploring what the different textures look like in the clay.


Crayola Air Dry Clay

Embroidery Floss to string the pendants on (or whatever you want to use. Thick gold chain?)

Watercolors, or even watered down craft paint or acrylics

Mod Podge– glossy or matte finish

A go-gettum attitude and a passion for texture


How to make the DIY Pendants:

Take a small blob of clay and roll it into a ball between your sweaty palms. Find a texture you adore and gently squash the clay flat on top of it. Smooth together any cracks that appear on the edges. Isn’t clay cool?

Now you can take a skewer or pin tool (Pin tools are very handy to have around.) and poke a hole in your pendants and let them dry. I spread mine out on wax paper.

After they’re dry, paint them with a few washes of watercolor paint or watered down craft or acrylic. Washes look pretty on the textured pieces because they are darker in the recesses and lighter on the high points, thus highlighting the texture.

Texture Ideas:

bottom of shoe, screen, textured placemats, floor, sidewalk, car tire, burlap, items in your kitchen drawer – look around your house; you’ll find texture EVERYWHERE.


Clay necklace DIY - great kid gift idea

P.S. Lately my DIY board has been my very favorite place to pin to. Check out all the goodies I’ve been collecting there:

Follow Tiny Rotten Peanuts’s board Make: DIY on Pinterest.



  1. Maria
    12/01/2014 / 7:14 am

    These are super fun and definitely what my girls are making for their friends for Christmas. Pretty much the perfect little craft. Yay!

    • 12/01/2014 / 11:31 am

      Yippee! I’m so glad they’ll make these. They will have a blast, and don’t be surprised if you end up with about 50 of them. 🙂

  2. 12/01/2014 / 8:09 am

    These are so clever!!! I think my nephew would enjoy this DIY project too…if we used BOY colors, of course (that part was said in his 5 year old voice)

    • 12/01/2014 / 11:31 am

      Banish the pinks and purples! How funny- I can hear that being said in my son’s 5 year old voice, too.

  3. 12/01/2014 / 9:22 pm

    So fun! My clay-obsessed girl might have to check this one out.

    • 12/02/2014 / 6:01 am

      We’ve cracked the clay back out for some coasters today. Clay is totally the bomb.

  4. 12/08/2014 / 4:12 pm

    These are beautiful and look pretty easy to make. Love handmade gifts, pinned!

  5. Emily Torres
    03/19/2016 / 9:33 pm

    I have a question! How much clay did you have to use and how many kids did you have in that class? Wondering how much clay to get for my kids! Thanks 🙂 These are beyond cute!

    • 03/20/2016 / 9:22 pm

      Oh, thank you! I actually did not do this for a class- it was just us at home, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you how much clay to buy. It’s really not that much clay per little disc, though- I would guess one of the bigger tubs of clay would work for a whole class with them being able to each make a few.

      • Emily Torres
        03/21/2016 / 7:35 pm

        Thank you!

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