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Folded Air Dry Clay Owl


I’ve tried more air dry clay projects than I can even remember, and this owl that has definitely had the best rate of success with all age students.

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No tiny parts that can fall off, and the folding ends up making it even stronger. Add a hole or a hook on back for an easy display.


  • Air dry clay, terra cotta
  • Old Yogurt lids
  • Plastic wrap
  • Old marker caps
  • Small sticks to make eye centers



  1. Make a ball out of a small amount of clay, about the size of a small apple. Work some water into it to make it soft if it is dry.
  2. Take a piece of plastic wrap that is larger than the lid, place in on the bottom side of the lid.
  3. Press the ball of clay into the lid. Keep pressing until you have one round circle that is about the thickness of the lid. Adjust the amount of clay if you have too much or too little.
  4. Remove the circle from the lid, and peel off the plastic.
  5. Gently fold the two sides in evenly to make the wings.
  6. Gently fold down the top to make the head.
  7. Pinch ears at the top.
  8. Use a small amount of extra clay to make the nose.
  9. Use old marker caps to press and create eye rings. Use other sticks to make texture on the belly area,
  10. Let dry for at least 24 hours before hanging to display.


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