The Magic of Making: DIY Polymer Clay Keychains

Written By: Madeline Day

Polymer clay usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when the word “DIY” is mentioned. After all, clay is more closely associated with Play-Doh and nostalgic childhood memories. However, polymer clay is different from the crumbly and dry textured Play-Doh — it’s a moldable plastic made out of polymer polyvinyl chloride and can be used to make jewelry, charms, key chains, and more. Modeling with polymer clay not only cultivates a “Do It Yourself” mentality and spurs creativity, but it also remains a relatively safe and simple activity for those wanting to try something new. 

For this occasion, in particular, we’re making pi(e) keychains. It’s suitable for anyone ages eight and above. This DIY should take less than an hour and is the perfect way to spend the morning or afternoon. 

How to:

  1. Take a 1’’ x 0.5’’ chunk of tan-colored clay and a 0.5’’ x 0.5’’ piece purple clay and start shaping them into rough triangular shapes. The tan-colored clay will be the pie crust, and the base of the charm while the purple clay will be the filling. The pie filling here should be three times as thick as the crust.