We can all agree that The Great Pottery Throwdown has inspired each and every one of else to start playing with clay. However, the clay creations they make on the show are complex and take years of practice (not to mention an entire pottery wheel!) which is why air dry clay and polymer clay are our new BFFs. Both air dry and polymer clay are super easy to use and relatively cheap. They also don't require any tools or machinery - all you need is your hands, some water and clay and you can create some incredible pieces. We have a tutorial here on Gathered for how to use air dry clay as well as lots of projects but we thought it's time we give polymer clay so love.


Polymer clay is so easy to use, completely safe (making it great for kids), and comes in every colour you can imagine! The sheer number of polymer clay colours out there can be a little overwhelming (check our our introduction to polymer clay for more beginner advice) especially if you're new to the craft which is why we love kits. There's a huge range of polymer clay kits out there all aimed at different ages and abilities. You can get kits as cheap as £7 which includes the very basics or you can get bumper kits which come with all the colours, tools, and accessories you could ever need. We've rounded up the best polymer clay kits on the market so you can choose your favourite and start creating. No matter your budget or skill level, polymer clay crafts are for you. Pick a kit below and you'll be on the Pottery Throwdown before you know it!

The best polymer clay kits for beginners

1. Polymer clay earrings kit

Polymer clay earrings kit

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FIMO is the king of polymer clay and it's a brand recognised for its great quality and fun designs. This polymer clay kit is perfect for beginners because it comes with all the tools, instructions, and guidance you need to make your own earrings. It comes with four beautiful shades of clay in pink, jade, aqua, black and has several different earring backs and jump hoops allowing you to make multiple designs. You can really let your creativity fly with this kit and even make some earrings for your friends and family. We also love that it comes with different cutters which you can use to create perfect circles. Using a clay knife can be tricky especially for newbies but these cutters will guarantee you a neat design every time.

2. Polymer clay Christmas decoration kit

Polymer clay Christmas decoration kit

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The Katrilee Christmas polymer clay kit comes with everything you need to make three adorable ornaments. Everything you need to make lots of ornaments is inside including three cutters. The cutters you'll get will be a surprise but they could be gingerbread, Christmas tree, candy cane, bell, mitten and more! This kit would make a super cute gift all year round.

3. CiaraQ polymer clay kit

CiaraQ polymer clay kit

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This polymer kit from CiaraQ has all the essentials inside. There are 600 grams of polymer clay inside in 24 different colours, a range of mini tools to carve with, and accessories to turn your designs into wearable items. You simply knead to dough until it's soft, mold then pop in the microwave or oven to set hard.

4. Polymer jar decoration kit

Polymer kit for beginners jar

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Decorate your own tasty jar with this sweet polymer clay kit. Ilana Kosenko has made this fun kit alongside a Youtube video that shows you exactly how to work with the clay. Inside the kit, you'll find four clay packs, a silicone mold to make the sweets with, more toppings for decoration, a jar, and other essentials. The kit is ideal for those of you who want to make something a bit different from polymer clay earrings.

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5. LCHM's bumper polymer clay kit

LCHM's bumper polymer clay kit

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If you want to play with every colour of the rainbow then this is the polymer clay kit for you! It includes 46 non-toxic, eco-friendly clays, tools, accessories, and project tutorials. We love the sturdy box it comes in which makes it easy to pack away neatly and will stop your clays from drying out. You could even use this kit to make our polymer clay necklace.

6. Polymer clay earring kit

Polymer Clay Earring Kit,

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Wear your creativity with Katrilee's polymer clay kit. Every kit comes beautifully packaged and has everything you need to start making your own earrings. 2 cutters are included which you can reuse once you've finished the kit on your other projects. You can even choose your clays colour pallette from her selection so you earrings suit your style.

7. YILAIDA's polymer clay kit for beginners

YILAIDA's polymer clay kit for beginners

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This is another bumper polymer clay kit that is great for those wanting to experiment. There's 50 clay packs in 50 different colours, eight tools, an accessory pack which includes everything from earring shooks to beads to decorate with. It also comes with a project booklet which has lots of different ideas. The reviews are great for this polymer clay kit too!

8. FIMO polymer clay decoration kit

vFIMO polymer clay decoration kit

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Make your own Fimo decorations with Made by Sarahx Boutique's polymer clay kit. You can choose which cutter you'd like in the box (1 or 2) and there's a range of fun shapes to choose from including a fairy, dog, crocodile, cupcake and more. The kit is great for newbies and even kids (with adult supervision) as it comes with comprehensive step by step instructions.

9. The polymer clay jewellery kit

The Polymer Clay Jewellery Workshop

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Make Co is selling a fab polymer clay kit that comes with four clay blocks, a rolling pin, cutters, a scalpel, and a mixed bag of 38 gold jewellery pieces. It also has a pattern sheet and photographic how-to instructions which will help you recreate their stunning design. Make Co also has a great community forum where you can get more polymer clay ideas and tips from.

10. FIMO kids polymer clay kit

FIMO Kids polymer clay kit

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Have some fun with clay and involve your kids in the creative process using this kit from FIMO. There's plenty of different FIMO kids kits including a pet kit, a unicorn kit, monster kit, and more. It comes with child-friendly instructions, four blocks of clay, and a game backdrop for them to play with their creations after.

11. Polymer clay earring starter kit

DIY Polymer Clay Earring Starter Kit

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The BASIC Cleo Designs polymer clay kit is ideal for beginners wanting to start their clay journey. The kit comes with a step-by-step guide, gold earring findings, two clay colours, and a mixture of tools. All the packaging for the kit is recyclable and easily fits through a letterbox making it perfect for gift giving.

12. COCOBOO polymer clay kit

COCOBOO polymer clay kit

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We love this polymer clay kit from COCOBOO! As well as the 24 coloured clay blocks you'll also receive tools and accessories with a tutorial book for you to flick through. There's lots of cute clay ideas inside including how to make a mini octopus and cactus.

13. Polymer clay trinket bowl kit

Polymer Clay Trinket Bowl Kit

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If Katrilee's jewellery polymer clay kit isn't for you then why not try their trinket bowl version? Craft your own mini bowls to store all your new jewellery in with this kit. The kit has everything you need inside as well as instructions on how to create the iconic marbled effect.

14. Cat polymer clay kit

Cat polymer clay kit

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FIMO are selling a range of sweet polymer clay kits all based around different animals. The resealable bag (perfect for crafting on the go) contains a beige and orange clay block, a set of eye transfers, and a guide for beginners. If you love this kit why not collect all the animals? There's a sloth, turtle, koala, and panda.

15. Aztec polymer clay kit

Aztec polymer clay kit

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Give your jewellery an Aztec edge with this polymer clay kit from Strange Boxez. There's two clay blocks, six cutters, gold mica powder, paint pens and plenty of jewellery making supplies. You'll be able to make several peices using this kit so you can give your creations to your loved ones for Christmas.

16. Polymer clay planter kit

Polymer clay planter kit

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How fun are these funky plant pots! Sun Sprinkles Shop has several polymer clay kits for sale but we couldn't resist this colourful kit. The kit comes with a ceramic planter, assorted clay, glue, glaze, paintbrush, blade and some instructions. Your plants will love sitting in these colourful planters.

17. Finny Lou Co polymer clay kit

Finny Lou Co polymer clay kit

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This mini polymer clay kit would make a lovely gift or stocking filler. The bundle has everything you need to make five sets of earrings and you can choose the three colours of clay you'd like included. You'll also be able to use all the tools for future projects.

18. Mini polymer clay earrings kit

mini polymer clay earrings kit

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This miniature kit packs a punch! It has a range of full-sized tools including an acrylic rolling pin, three different clays and cutters as well as little extras like a backing card to show off your earrings and gold foil. It comes beautifully packed and the cutters make the prettiest earrings.

19. Cut and Curve polymer clay kit

Cut and Curve polymer clay kit

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This rather funky polymer clay kit is from Cut and Curve. It comes with a bunch of groovy cutters and clay colours so you can make your own groovy earrings. There's also a full instructions booklet which includes everything from times and temps for cooking and earring design ideas.

20. Dolly Llama polymer clay kit

Dolly Llama polymer clay kit

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For a mini beginner project, this polymer clay kit is perfect. This basic kit comes with everything you need including instructions so you can make your llama with ease. Suitable for kids and adults, the kit comes in a neat box making it ideal to gift to your loved ones.

21. Polymer clay strawberry earring kit

Polymer clay strawberry earring kit

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This mini tin comes with everything you need to make some polymer clay earrings. The cute strawberry design follows through to the earrings with a strawberry cutter, green and red clay and earrings finders. We can't wait to see you wearing your own strawberry earrings.

22. Polymer clay jewellery kit

Polymer clay jewellery kit

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This all-encompassing kit is great for those of you who are starting from scratch. It has all the essentials as well as extras like ring pliers and a roller. You can use the kit to make anything you like but there's enough earring backs to make six earrings. There's also an instruction card include which has a link to a video tutorial.

23. Polymer clay necklace kit

Polymer clay necklace kit

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Make your own statement necklace with Makers Gonna Make's polymer clay kit. There's eight different colour options to choose from but you can make your design however you like. Tools, clay, cord and instructions are all included in the box and it comes with free delivery.

We hope you've enjoyed our polymer clay kit round-up. We have plenty of clay projects here on Gathered including How to make a ring holder out of clay and air dry clay vases tutorials. Remember to also head over to our beginner's guide to pottery if you want to hit the potter's wheel!


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Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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