How to Make a Clay Seahorse

Updated July 20, 2017

Working with clay stimulates both the mind and the hands. Clay creations are especially good for children because they allow for creativity. Clay projects can be created and re-created numerous times before the child determines a final project for drying. There is no limit to the types of crafts you can make with clay. Create an underwater world of your own with this clay seahorse.

Roll a ball of clay into an oblong, tubular shape. The length of the tube will be approximately the length of your seahorse.

Twist the ends of the tube so that the entire piece resembles a backward "S" shape. The middle section should be the thickest portion of clay. The top of the reversed "S" (the seahorse's head) will be shorter and the bottom of the "S" (the tail) will be longer.

Shape the head to have a block appearance with a thin, long nose. Lengthen the tail by stretching the clay.

Use damp finger tips to pinch small sections of clay along the side of the body that connects the back of the head piece and the portion where the tail curls back. Pull the pieces out to form tiny peaks. This will create the texture as seen on a seahorse.

Allow the clay seahorse to air-dry or bake in an oven. This will depend upon the type of clay that you use. Typically, pieces will need to air-dry at least overnight. You will likely need to let one side dry completely then flip the seahorse over and allow another night to dry. Follow instructions on the package for baking. Most clays bake somewhere between 102 to 149 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.

Paint the entire seahorse brown after it has completely dried. Use a round brush to dab the horse with lighter and darker shades of brown. A mixture of yellow and black may also be used.


Keep in mind when making your creation that a seahorse is thickest at its belly section. It has a thin head and tail.


Thinner pieces will break more easily once dried. Be careful when handling and painting the seahorse's nose and tail.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay
  • Water
  • Brown paint in varying shades
  • Yellow paint
  • Black paint
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Candy Moore has written for various websites since 2004, specializing in educational and recreational topics such as crafts, pets and cooking. She holds a master's degree in business from Georgia State University.