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How to Make Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

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Diffuse your favorite essential oil wherever you go with a homemade essential oil diffuser necklace. 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.

How to Make Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

Supplies to make Clay Necklaces

The supplies to make clay necklaces are pretty inexpensive.  You’ll need clay (either air dry or oven bake see our suggestions below), 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

DIY clay essential oil necklaces are generally made with one of two different types of clay – either air dry clay or an oven bake clay.  We tried both and there are pros and cons to each. You can choose the one that will work best for you.

Essential Oil Necklace made with Air Dry Clay

Crayola Air Dry Clay

The quickest and easiest way to make a clay necklace is to use air dry clay.  The Air Dry clay was very sticky and wet and was somewhat 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.

The air dry clay is also was very messy and stained everything red (most of it washed out but not all).  Scroll down to see how a video on how we made the necklaces. Once you have the disks cut out and decorated, they just sit out for a few days to dry out.

Essential Oil Necklace made with Oven Bake Clay

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.  Stamp the clay BEFORE it dries. 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.  Again, see the video below for a little tutorial on how to make them.

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!

The Best Clay for Your Essential Oil Necklace

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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  • Teralyn
    September 19, 2020

    Love love love this idea!!!

  • Marlena Thomas
    February 28, 2018

    Have you experimented with Paperclay? If so, what were your findings regarding scent retaining?

    • Camille
      February 28, 2018

      No I haven’t tried that!

  • Dawn Evanoff
    February 28, 2017

    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

  • Christine
    February 15, 2017

    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!

    • Camille
      February 16, 2017

      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.

  • Frugal Hausfrau
    May 5, 2016

    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,


    • Camille
      May 6, 2016

      Oooooh! GREAT idea!

      • Nicki
        October 13, 2019

        Sounds odd but would mixing both air dry with bake clay to get the best of both but let them air dry? Would that work?

  • Theresa
    May 5, 2016

    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.

  • Stephanie
    May 3, 2016

    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

  • Gabrielle
    April 30, 2016

    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!

    • Camille
      April 30, 2016

      Thanks, Gabrielle! I love it too! Have fun with the clay!

  • Teresa
    April 30, 2016

    I think my granddaughter would really enjoy making these! Thanks for sharing your idea!

  • Nicole
    April 27, 2016

    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!!

  • Emma
    April 24, 2016

    I was interested to learn about which necklace “held on” to the essential oil scent better. And I just love those decorative stamps!

  • Julie
    April 12, 2016

    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!

    • Camille
      April 12, 2016

      It was close! LOL She LOVES to do video so I couldn’t resist letting her make one.

  • Chiro
    December 24, 2015

    i love these ideas, but I have a question, may seem silly, but when/where do you add the oil and how much?

    • Camille
      January 4, 2016

      We added the oils after they dried/baked. Just a drop or two. Allow it to absorb in.

  • Aimee
    October 12, 2015

    Thanks for sharing both ways! This is a great tutorial, and I love how easy it seems to make these pretty necklaces. <3

    • Camille
      October 15, 2015

      We’re still making them! My kids love sitting and creating them.

  • Janeen
    April 19, 2015

    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.

    • Camille
      April 19, 2015

      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.

  • Krista
    April 17, 2015

    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!

    • Camille
      April 19, 2015

      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.

  • Julie Bagamary
    April 16, 2015

    Thanks for the tutorial and pros and cons. Worth a try.