Air Dry Clay Project- Easy Fall Tutorial

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Have you ever been curious about how to use air-dry clay? Well, wonder no more; here is an easy air dry clay project perfect for fall.

If you have never worked with clay, this is an easy project to get acquainted with using air-dry clay and moulds.

I made the dimensional leaves on the pumpkin from IOD clay, an artisan-grade clay, and I pressed the clay into an IOD mould.

The IOD mould is what gave the leaf its dimension and detail.

IOD stands for Iron Orchid Designs, owned by two very creative sisters.

They offer moulds, clay, stamps, transfers, and all the tools needed to complete the desired look. You will have to check them out at, especially if you love crafting.

The Pumpkin Design

I wanted an all-white pumpkin representing fall’s soft color palette.

With this in mind, I chose creams, whites, and browns when choosing my supplies.

But… the pumpkin can be any style just by changing the paint color, ribbon, and florals to get the look you are after.


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  • Paper Mache Pumpkin
  • IOD Air Dry Clay
  • IOD Mould
  • Tight Bond – Quick and Thick
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Fall Florals
  • Corn Starch – Optional



Paint the pumpkin the desired color using a paintbrush.

I started with a paper mache pumpkin and painted it with two coats of white chalk paint.

Unpainted Paper Mache Pumpkin
Two Coats of White Chalk Paint


Make the clay leaves using the IOD mold.

IOD Mold and Clay
Use Cornstarch to Coat Mold
Apply a Thin Layer to the Leaf Design

Applying a thin coat of cornstarch to the leaf mould will help release the clay from the mould.


Glue the leaves onto the pumpkin using Tight Bond – Quick and Thick. I glued the leaves while they were still wet.

Also, even though the clay was just about the same color as the pumpkin, I painted the leaves with white chalk paint and the surrounding area to gave it a unified look.

Up Close Photo of Clay Leaves
Grouped Clay Leaves


Decorate with florals and ribbon.

I used hot glue to adhere the florals and bow to the pumpkin.

The bow will hide the mechanics of the florals, but make sure to decorate the pumpkin, so it looks good from all angles.

White Maple Leaves and Berries
Adding Texture with Curly Willow
Add a Bow


Questions and Answers

What Makes IOD Clay Special?

IOD clay is considered an artisan quality clay, not a craft clay; therefore, there is minimal shrinkage and cracking.

It is also softer than most clays, making it easier on the hands to mold.What Happens If The Clay Cracks?

If there is cracking, there are two ways of fixing it. The first is to do nothing and embrace the irregularity. It can add character and dimension to the piece. The second would be to gently back-fill, adding a small dab of clay on top of the crack and gently smooth, taking care not to distort the details of the mould.What Should I Use to Glue The Clay Onto My Projects?

Tight Bond – Quick and Thick is the recommended glue choice.

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Here Are Suggested Supplies That Can Be Used For This Project

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The IOD products are sold exclusively at your local IOD retailer or online. To see where the closest retail store is to you, visit their website at .

I have added a few alternatives, which can be found from Amazon or from your local craft store.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

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Karen Velinsky
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