Air Dry Clay Pen Holder

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Create a darling air dry clay pen holder in any shape or size with Sculpey Air-Dry.

These darling pen holders can be made in any size or shape, depending on what pens or markers they are going to be used for. It is so much fun to work with the clay and then feels like a magical painting surface once dried. This is a great craft activity for back-to-school or any time of the year that you want to add a POP of fun to your desk or work space.

Materials and Supplies


The clay will be ready to use right out of the package. The key to being successful with the Sculpey Air-Dry is to use it immediately and store any extra in an air tight container. For this project, I used about 1/4 of a 2.2 pound package.

Step One

Roll the clay into a ball.

Step Two

Roll the clay out until about 3/4 inch thick. This will be the base for the pen holder.

Step Three

Create holes in the base using a tool that will fit the size of the marker or pen it is going to be used to store. If the pen is thin, the hole might need to be a little deeper which means that the base should be thicker. For this, the pens were thinner than the starter holes so I pushed one in the center of all the holes that I started to make sure they would be held securely.

Step Four

Roll a piece of clay out to a 1/4 inch thickness then use that slab to cut small shapes with cutters. I cut stars.

Step Five

Allow PLENTY of time for the clay to completely dry. The thicker piece will take longer, possibly more than 24 hours depending on humidity. If this project is being done with children, do the clay on one day and plan for the painting on another several days later.

Step Six

Paint the pieces of clay using acrylic paints and a paintbrush. Get as creative with the painting as desired. For this piece, I painted the base a pretty blue.

Painting the stars in lots of gorgeous colors is a way to create a bright and cheerful piece that is sure to be a beautiful desk or homework space accent.

Step Seven

Once the paint is dry (and a glaze top coat if desired), use a STRONG glue to add the cut out clay pieces to the base. Be sure not to cover any of the holes.

Let the glue dry before using your new masterpiece.

About Sculpey Air-Dry

Sculpey Air-Dry is a modeling clay that is pliable and only requires exposure to air to dry. The clay naturally air dries in about 24 hours which makes it perfect for classrooms, camps or anytime you want to create without using an oven! With an easy-to-smooth texture and lightweight formula, it is simple to work with and provides a fantastic surface for painting.

If you like this air-dry clay idea, you might also love making air-dry clay MONSTERS. Get all of the details for this here on the blog.

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Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later!  Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

DIY Air Dry Clay Pen Holder for Markers Crayons or Pens. Great Back to School Craft Project for Kids of All Ages. Makes great desk decor. Sculpey Air-Dry dries clean and hard so perfect for painting. #airdryclay #penholder #diy #craft #claycraft

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2 thoughts on “Air Dry Clay Pen Holder”

  1. How cute and colorful, lots of fun making it too! Thanks so much for linking up at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 20. Pinned.

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