While digging through my clay box, I pulled out these cool terra cotta clay beads that I made last year. Rolling oven bake terra cotta clay into simple spheres and baking is one of the most simple ways to use clay for a useful accessory, and since I’m traveling this week it felt like the perfect, last-minute DIY to throw together for todays DIY Friday.
I love neutral and natural accessories, and this pretty terra cotta clay is such a beautiful color. My home is dotted with terra cotta pots for all of my plants, so it only makes sense to add a little to my wardrobe as well.
Even the cutest pre-school aged kid gets pretty good at rolling clay into a ball, and that’s the skill level needed for these simple sphere beads. I threaded them onto leather cording and tied a bow in the back, so the length can be adjusted as needed for whatever outfit I happen to be wearing.
I can already see this will go into regular rotation.
Okay, are you convinced and ready to make your own clay bead necklace?
Here’s what you need:
- Pull quarter-sized pieces of clay off of the block and knead one between your hands to warm it up.
- Use two hands to roll each piece into a ball.
- Thread the balls onto a bamboo skewer to create holes in each bead.
- Bake at 275 for 15-20 minutes, then let cool.
- Thread each bead onto a length of leather cording.
Hooray, easy as that!
This is one of those projects that I finish and then think I should make these for all of my friends. It would also be super fun as a craft night because it is so super simple.
If you love color, take a look at how this same tutorial turns out as a multi-colored clay bead necklace.
Clay has been a fun medium to take on so far. We’ve done marbled clay egg cups and the clay wall pocket toothbrush holder. One more project in April and then we’ll move onto something new in May! (Is the year flying by for anyone else?)
To check out all of the DIYs on my DIY page.
Five Days to Freedom: Tips for Choosing Less Stuff and More Adventure in your Daily Life
Five lessons with practical tips and exercises to help you feel more in control of your life!