Modelling Clay Emojis

Written by: Aya El Moallem – Grade 10

This is a fun and easy DIY. This DIY is how to make emojis out of modeling clay. This is an inexpensive activity to make and you should have most of the materials at home. Follow these simple steps and learn how to make emojis that you can use as a decoration or even use them as gifts.


You will need:

  • Air dry modeling clay (you can get some at the Dollarama)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (thin brushes work better for greater detail)
  • A bamboo stick
  • A rolling pin
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Butter knife
  • Something to work on (canvas board)
  • Gloss paint finish (optional)


  1. Pick the emoji that you want to create, use it as a reference. You can print it out, but you don’t need to.
  2. Slightly wet your work area.
  3. Take your clay and knead it out. If it is dry, add a little bit of water, but be careful not to add too much water.
  4. Once your clay is nicely kneaded, take your rolling pin and roll it out to a thickness of half an inch.
  5. Now use the butter knife and cut out a circle of your preferred size. You can use something to trace if you need it.
  6. Put your circle aside and take the rest of the clay and start making the details of your emoji. Ex. Sunglasses, eyes, heart, etc.
  7. Once all the details are finished take the bamboo stick and begin lightly scratching the back of the details. Then lightly scratch the area on the circle where you want to add the additional piece. When you scratch those areas, the additional pieces will hold on to the circle better because they can interlock.
  8. Using a slightly wet sponge or your finger with a little bit of water, start to attach the pieces to your circle. You can attach the details by smoothing and merging the edges together with the circle.
  9. Once your pieces are securely attached to your emoji, use a sponge with minimal water to smooth your emoji out. Make sure you smooth out the sides and back as well.
  10. Once the emoji is smooth, take the bamboo stick and start lightly marking the rest of the facial features, like the mouth, eyebrows, tears, etc.
  11. If it needs to be smoothed out, feel free to do so.
  12. When you think you’re done, put your finished piece aside and let it harden. This can can take anywhere from 1-2 days. You know it has hardened when the colour changes from gray to a whitish colour.
  13. Once it’s all dry, paint your emoji to your liking. Using thin brushes will help you accomplish a better looking emoji. You can add a second coat if you desire.
  14. This is optional, you can use a gloss finish if you want the emoji to look shiny!

Now you are finished! You can make as many as you want and admire them all day!


This is the clay that I used.



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