Looking for a fun craft for the kids to make? This simple clay necklace can be personalized into each child’s own name. This is the perfect craft for kids as young as 5 year sold all the way up to 15 years old!
Younger kids may need help rolling out their slab of clay and spelling their name, but let the older kids help!
You can make Personalized name clay necklace beads in less than 2 hours. Be sure to allot for drying time for the clay.
Now, to make each child’s name in clay beads you will need:
Air Drying Clay
Wooden or Metal Skewers
Pastel Acrylic Paints
Clear Acrylic Spray Paint
Ok, so if you are making this with a group of kids I recommend going ahead and slicing if a slab of clay for each child. They can keep it wrapped in plastic wrap near them so they don’t have to reach for more. Also keep a spray bottle of water around to help keep the clay moist. Just spray some water on as needed.
Have each child roll their clay out to about ¼ to ½ inch thick. They should roll the clay with their hands and a rolling pin to make a flatter slab.
Now, the kids can work on their ABC’s and carve out the letters of their name in the clay.
Have them trace out each letter separately with a toothpick. If they are worried about mistakes, then let them know they can simply dip their finger in some water and smooth the clay back over to start again.
Now, use a paring knife to cut each letter bead out.
Now, use your wooden skewer to make the hole through the center of the letter beads. You may need to help smaller children with this step of the personalized craft project. They need to press a hole through the shape starting on one side and coming out the other.
Continue this hole making process until all of the beads that make up their name are ready.
Now, lay the letter shaped beads out on a flay surface until the clay is completely dry.
If you want to paint the beads this would be the time to do it. You can spray the beads all one color or paint each one individually.
Once any paint has dried the kids can string the letter shaped beads onto twine to spell their own name.
I recommend buying a long metal or silver chain and letting the kids string their name onto this necklace. It will look more finished and already have a clasp! You can buy them for very little money at any craft store.
Where to find air drying clay:
I buy this at Dick Blick art supply store. I have also seen it at Pearl Paints. You may be able to find it at Michaels in smaller containers. Look for air-drying clay in white to get truly crisp pastel colors. You could also prime the dried beads in white Kilz primer to help with the color.
Generally a large block of air drying clay will cost about $25. You can make a large number of necklaces with one block.