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Polymer Clay Necklace for Kids They’ll Love Making

Learn how to make a polymer clay necklace for kids featuring hand drawn pictures! Kids will have fun drawing, stringing, and wearing these.

Polymer clay necklace for kids to make

Are you looking for a kids’ project that’s sweet and unique? This is one of those clay crafts for kids that the whole family will love making! Hi! It’s Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks.

Today I’m sharing a really easy idea for making clay portrait pendant necklaces. Aren’t they fabulous? They’re such a special way to showcase kids’ sweet artwork. Plus, they make great handmade gifts (like for Mother’s Day) too!

Here’s how you’ll make them.

Clay Necklaces for Kids

Gather These Supplies

  • Sculpey Clay
  • Skewer
  • Page protector
  • Thick paper or cardstock
  • Craft glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Beads
  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking dish

Have Kids Make the Drawings

The first step is to have children create the drawings of their choice on the cardstock. BUT you’ll want to give them some guidance on how big the square should be.

Draw a square on the cardstock using a pencil and ruler. Then let your kids use markers to draw whatever they like inside the square.

Kids drawings with marker on cardstock

Create the Frame

Place your paper/cardstock inside a plastic page protector. This protects the cardstock from getting damaged as the kids make their frames. You can also try taping down plastic wrap over the top. You’ll want something clear so you can see the drawing, but the clay shouldn’t stick.

Using the clay, design frames to go around your artwork. Use a skewer to pierce a hole through the top of the frame. (Make sure the hole is big enough for your string to go through!)

Clay frame formed around the kids drawings

Bake the Clay

Carefully peel off the frames off of the plastic sheets and place them on top of an aluminum foil covered baking sheet.

Bake the clay frames according to package instructions.

Clay frames on a foil covered baking sheet

Attach Artwork to Frame

Cut out your artwork. Leave some space around the artwork when you cut it out. Then you’ll ensure that the artwork glues on nicely to the frame and doesn’t get covered up.

Use craft glue to adhere the artwork to the back of the clay frames.

Drawings glued to the clay frames

String Up and Add Beads

Cut lengths of string that are long enough to go around your kids’ necks. Put the string through each pendant, and of course add some beads for extra sparkle!

You can also add cut pieces of straw, macaroni, or whatever else floats your boat.

Kids drawing necklaces made with polymer clay

Want another option besides stringing up? Just add magnets (with glue) to the back to turn them into cute fridge magnets! I’m sure you’ve got some other thoughts. Let me know in the comments!

I love the ones my son made, and hope you have a fun time making these with the littles too! Check out my blog, Pink Stripey Socks for more easy crafts like this polymer clay necklace for kids. I’d also love for you to check out these other ideas. Happy making, friends!