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Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

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Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

Using wooden beads as an accent in home decor is pretty popular at the moment.   If you’ve priced them, they are rather expensive.   Sure you could purchase wooden beads and make your own strand of beads to display, or you could make your own.   Today we are sharing how to DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive beads.

I call these beads primitive, because not only are they are decorated with a simple pattern, but mostly because they are hand-shaped, which means they are not exactly perfect.   These are so easy and fun to make.  If the primitive design doesn’t go with your decor – decorate them any way you choose.  After all, that’s the beauty of DIY!

Supplies Used

  • Air Dry Clay
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • wax paper
  • fine grit sand paper
  • sharpie
  • hemp cord or twine

Start by rolling air dry clay into a balls the size you want your beads to be.

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

Pierce the center of the rolled clay with a bamboo skewer.   Note:  They may become a little misshapen, and if they do,  reshape by hand.

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

Set the beads aside on a piece of wax paper to dry for several days.  However, check them once a day and roll the beads around on the skewer so the beads will be easy to remove when dried and wont stick to the bamboo skewer.

DIY Air Dry Clay Beads

After the beads have fully dried (I let these dry for a week), remove from the skewers and sand lightly with fine grit sandpaper.  This cleans up the ends where the holes are as well as smoothing them out a bit.

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

Leave them white, paint them or do what I did and decorate them with a pattern using a black sharpie.  I did two different simple patterns on mine.

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

DIY Air Dry Clay PrimitiveBeads

Hemp cord was used to string the beads.  This cord was purchased on clearance a couple of years ago at Hobby Lobby and is perfect for this project.   A tassel made with the same hemp cord is attached to one end of the strand.   The other end of the strand was just knotted for now.

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

If you want a longer strand  – make more beads, simple as that.  I was pleased with the length of this strand for now.   After all, I can always make more too!

I had fun setting up a couple of display ideas to share with you.   First I used a wood box and the wood box lid.

Primitive Beads

 

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

Hang them on a picture frame.

DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

DIY Air Dry Clay Beads

 

There are so many ways to use these as a decor accessory and what a fun conversation piece they will be.

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DIY Air Dry Clay Primitive Beads

 

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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    Beverly
    June 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    What a fun project! They look great as an accent to the box and the frame. I need to make some of these with a coastal look. Pinning and sharing!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 19, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Beverly. You totally should! I bet they would look awesome with a coastal look! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Reply
    Julie
    June 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks, I’m always on the look out for new ideas to do with air dry clay. It’s a thing where when you buy a packet there is always loads left over to try other ideas. These are really lovely.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Haha, totally right Julie! I find I’m still playing around with leftover clay 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Reply
    teresa
    June 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    They are lovely, and making them out of clay is a great idea. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link party this week. Pinned!

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 20, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thanks so much for hosting Teresa and I appreciate the pin too!

  4. Reply
    Carol ("Mimi")
    June 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve been thinking about buying wooden beads to make a strand of decor beads. But, this project with the air dry clay looks even better. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks so much Mimi.

  5. Reply
    Jess
    June 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

    These are so neat! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much Jess. I always enjoy your party 🙂

  6. Reply
    Helen at Pleasures of the NW
    June 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    How fun – and so easy!! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!!

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 21, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Helen! I always enjoy your party!

  7. Reply
    Joey
    June 21, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I think it makes them so much better that you created the beads yourself. Very pretty!

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and your nice comment!

  8. Reply
    Melissa/BrownDogVintage
    June 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    These are so fun! I’ve DIY’ed my own bead garland too because it was too pricey to buy. I love your idea of using clay though – definitely going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 23, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you Melissa. I was going to DIY a wood bead strand, but I happened to have a lot of clay leftover and thought I’d give the clay beads a try.

  9. Reply
    STEPHANIE ABBOTT
    June 24, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Love these Laurie! So pretty and simple. Scheduled to 2 boards. 🙂

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 24, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Stephanie! I appreciate the pins too!

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    LydiaF
    June 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I am enchanted by the possibilities with this project…and I’m pretty sure the local craft shop carried air dried clay. If not, I can order it. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much Lydia. I agree, lots of possibilities!

  11. Reply
    STEPHANIE ABBOTT
    June 27, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Hi again, I’m featuring these awesome beads tonight at the To Grandmas House We Go link party and sharing to FB Friday. Have a great week.

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 27, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Awesome! Thanks so much Stephanie!!

  12. Reply
    Mary
    June 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Laurie these are definitely a conversation piece. Love the way you have painted or not painted them, and just added a cool tribal look with the sharpie! The only thing I’ve ever made with clay is a dragon egg.

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      June 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I’ve been having a little fun with clay lately . . . because what I found is a package of air dry clay goes a long way! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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