Take your favorite essential oils with this super easy craft - clay necklaces! This simple craft is inexpensive and perfect for kids

Diffuse your favorite essential oil wherever you go with clay necklaces. We tried two different types of clay and found the perfect one to make your essential oil clay necklaces.

clay necklaces for essential oils

I have been using essential oils for about 3 years now. I mostly use them topically and internally and just recently started diffusing the oils.  One of the things I love, love the most about Young Living's essential oil starter kits is that they come with a diffuser.  But unfortunately, you can't take the diffuser with you.  I'd heard of diffuser jewelry and did some peeking around Etsy to see what was available.  I notice several different kinds of aromatherapy jewelry including clay necklaces.

Supplies to make Clay Necklaces

It looked like the clay necklaces were fairly easy to make so I hopped on Amazon and ordered what I needed. The supplies to make clay necklaces are pretty inexpensive.  You'll need clay (either air dry or oven bake), hemp cord, and decorative stamps, if you want them.  We used the plastic top to a 1 gallon water bottle to cut our clay disks out.

Air Dry Clay

I noticed most people making clay necklaces out of two different types of clay: air dry or oven bake. There seems to be pros and cons to each so I decided to try them both. We started with the Crayola Air Dry clay.

Crayola Air Dry Clay

The Air Dry clay was very sticky and wet. I was surprised at how difficult it was to work with.  My daughter and I had a hard time getting the clay up off the place mats we were using to roll out the clay discs. It also was very messy and stained everything red (most of it washed out but not all).  Once you have the disks cut out and decorated, they just sit out for a few days to dry out.

Clay Necklaces with Sculpey Clay

Next we tried Sculpey clay, which is an oven bake clay.  The Sculpey was much easier to work with. It was way less sticky.  In fact, it starts out a little stiff so we had to work it in our hands a bit to get it soft enough to roll out. The Sculpey clay bakes at 275 degrees and our clay necklaces only took 15 minutes so they are actually faster to make than the air dry clay.

rubber stamps for clay necklaces

I bought these round wooden floral stamps to decorate our clay necklaces. They worked great! I think that any rubber stamp would work.  We used a straw to push out a small hole for the hemp cord to wear them with.

Aromatherapy Clay Necklaces

 

One of the things I loved most about this little craft is that it was easy enough for my daughter to do on her own. In fact, she insisted we make a video showing how to make the clay necklaces. Check it out!

I had read that the Air Dry clay necklaces do a better job of absorbing the essential oils and I found that to be true. But they also crumble very easily. We lost a few within a day. The clay necklaces made with the Sculpey clay didn't really absorb the oils. I had to rub the oil in, but I could still smell it on the disk. The clay necklaces made with the Sculpey seem to be more durable as well. We haven't lost one yet.  We will probably be sticking to the Sculpey clay (and trying out some more colors) for making more clay necklaces for essential oils.

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24 comments on “How to Make Clay Necklaces for Essential Oils

  1. Dawn Evanoff on said:
    I used the sculpey soufflé and found the oils do not soak in well at all , which is what led me to search the Internet and locate your site here. I tried sanding a little to see if I can improve the acceptance of oils. Did you sand at all? I was wondering if the different scupper clays differ at all with accepting oils. I will keep searching
  2. Christine on said:
    I know this is an old post, but I use Das Modeling Clay. It's air dry and works great. I've dropped my pendant designs several times (issues with my hands) and they've never broken or cracked. Just an idea for those still coming across your article! Thank you!
    • Thanks for sharing! I noticed that Crayola has discontinued the terra cotta color of the air dry clay and it was on my to do list to find another alternative. Great to know that the Das works.
  3. What a fun idea this is!! I might want to hang one from my car mirror!! Sorry I didn't get a chance to comment right after you posted to Throwback Thursday last week, Mollie
  4. I love Sculpey clay. I have never tried their air dry clay yet. Such a fun DIY / craft project. Thanks for sharing with us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.
  5. Great tutorial and such a good idea! What a wonderful way to take your essential oils with you on the go! Thanks for sharing at the Ladies Collective Linkup this week! Stephanie @ Mommyzoid
  6. I absolutely LOVE you website design! Adorable. And i love this tutorial, I am going to have to give it a try. I actually got clay on clearance the other day and have no plans for it yet, so this is perfect! Thanks for posting!
  7. I think my granddaughter would really enjoy making these! Thanks for sharing your idea!
  8. We love using oils in our house for so many things. I have always wanted to make our own clay necklaces to bring oils out of the house with us, but wasn't sure what clay would be best, thanks for sharing your experience with us now I know what is the best to use. Sharing with my followers. Thanks for sharing over on Inspire Me Monday. I hope you have a wonderful week!!
  9. I was interested to learn about which necklace "held on" to the essential oil scent better. And I just love those decorative stamps!
  10. Julie on said:
    Hahaha! She is so adorable! Her concept of time on making the hole for the cord was too funny. 1 minute or so, or 20 seconds, but I spin the straw to make it 10 seconds! :) This is a great project I cant wait to try!
  11. i love these ideas, but I have a question, may seem silly, but when/where do you add the oil and how much?
  12. Thanks for sharing both ways! This is a great tutorial, and I love how easy it seems to make these pretty necklaces. <3
  13. These are a great idea! I don't think I'd use a necklace most of the time, but I can think of some specific times when it would be helpful to have the necklace. We already have some sculptey in the school closet, so woohoo. The stamp idea is genious, I was wondering how you got that pretty design.
    • Yeah, I don't think I'd wear this on a regular basis, but some days, I just want to take my oils with me. Sculpey is too fun! I can't believe I haven't tried it before now.
  14. I'm so glad you did both and listed the pros and cons, I've seen this done both ways and wondered, thanks for sharing your results. I suppose the best would be actual terracotta but since most of us don't have a kiln laying around this is a great alternative!
    • Yes, if you've got a kiln, I'd think that would work best. We are a few weeks out and the air dry are not holding up well. The Sculpey are so far holding their own.
  15. Thanks for the tutorial and pros and cons. Worth a try.