DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

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DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

As you all know by now I really enjoy crocheting.  It’s what I do to relax.  A while ago, I tried my hand at amigurumi (the Japanese craft of crocheting small stuffed animals).  It took me a little less than an hour to decide that amigurumi wasn’t for me and then it took me a bit longer to realize why… it hurts my hands.

The little hooks that you use to crochet in this style are so tiny that you really have to get a good grip on them and I found my hands would cramp up. Let me tell you, there’s nothing to stop your crochet momentum like hand pain.

Crocheters often have to deal with hand pain, especially in the midst of big projects that require more intense periods of work. The same repetitive motion can be hard on your fingers, wrists, and hands, often leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, holding small crochet hooks tighly can force your hand into uncomfortable positions that contribute to hand pain.

A few weeks ago, I randomly came across a photo of someone holding a hook covered in what I presumed was polymer clay and I had my “ah-ha” moment – that’s what I need to do for my hooks too.

I went to the store and bought a variety of Fimo packages in different colors along with a straight blade for cutting the clay. I rolled and twisted and rolled some more until I had some marbled designs that I was happy with, popped them in the oven and 15 minutes later I had beautiful and practical crochet hooks.

If you’re hands hurt from crocheting, I highly suggest this easy modification that will make a world of difference for your hands. Also, don’t forget to listen to your body, take breaks and move around – prevention is key to overcoming long term pain.


  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) *if you just want the functionality without the hassle of mixing colors, you can make things easier by just using one color.
  • Straight blade or sharp knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Crochet hooks


  1. Choose 3-5 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs (I made them about 2″ long).
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the width of a pen and about 4″ long. If you find your piece of clay has gotten too long as you rolled it out just cut off any excess clay so that you have it the correct length.
  5. Gently take the end of your crochet hook and with a back and forth twisting motion push the hook into the clay. Be patient, it goes in pretty easily as long as it isn’t forced quickly. Keep going until you’re almost at the end of the clay log.
  6. Now roll the clay with the hook in it on the smooth surface and taper the end closest to the hook.  Feel free to trim a little from the end if it gets too close to the end.
  7. On the side furthest from the hook, gently tap against your hard surface until it’s flattened.
  8. Ad a small circular piece of white clay to the end. This is where you’ll write the hook size with a permanent market or use a stamp to mark the size.
  9. Place  the crochet hook and handle on a cookie sheet that has a layer of parchment paper on it.  Cook in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes (add a few minutes if it’s thicker than 1/4″).
  10. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

Also, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to take your crocheting to the next level check out some of my easy crochet patterns: Easy Striped Baby Hat Crochet Pattern, Moss Stitch Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern, the Boyfriend Scarf Crochet Pattern and Simple Shells Light Warp Crochet Pattern

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.


57 Comments on DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

  1. Tawnya
    October 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM (7 years ago)

    This is such a great idea. My hand hurts from my hooks as well and I had been using those foam things you put on pencils, but they were not big enough. I will have to give this a try. Thanks!

    • Jamey
      October 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM (7 years ago)

      Give it a try Tawnya, it really helped my hands. Good luck!
      ~ Jamey

  2. Emily
    October 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM (7 years ago)

    Such a great idea, thank you! I will have to try this.

  3. Ria Smits
    October 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM (7 years ago)

    Great idea (don’t know if I get it wright??? i’m dutch so english writing is a bit difficult) but I like it very much and give it a try.Thanks for sharing, greatings Ria

  4. Amy
    October 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM (7 years ago)

    I just literally sat and went through your whole blog this morning lol, all the way to your intro post. Love it, I’m a new subscriber and follower. Thanks for sharing all the goodies.

    • Jamey
      October 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM (7 years ago)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to do that Amy and I’m really glad you enjoy my blog. Thanks for the comment.
      ~ Jamey

  5. Karyn Hyland
    November 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM (7 years ago)

    This is exactly what I have had in my brain but couldn’t work out how to do it.I suffer from cramped hands as well,I love to crochet and this will make it all the more easier.I have bought hooks with a thicker shaft but where it starts on the hook isn’t smooth enough and hurts the thumb.
    This was sent to me from a very good friend who knew I was after something like this.
    Thank you thankyou thankyou.

    • Jamey
      November 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM (7 years ago)


      I’m so happy you’re going to try this so that you can back into crocheting again. You’re welcome, welcome, welcome!
      ~ Jamey

      • Rhonda
        August 12, 2017 at 3:31 PM (4 years ago)

        I’m going to try it too

  6. Cindy
    November 11, 2013 at 3:57 AM (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have also been using the grips which go on pencils and it has helped but isn’t always the most comfortable. This is an idea I will definitely try!

  7. RULAT
    November 11, 2013 at 6:02 AM (7 years ago)


  8. Jessica
    November 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM (7 years ago)

    Too bad all my hooks are acrylic! I need to invest in some metal hooks because this is such a cute idea!

  9. LaDonna
    November 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM (7 years ago)

    Thank you!! My projects can be done, and my hands don’t ache and look like a claw!

  10. Tania
    December 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM (7 years ago)

    Great idea. This way I can have unique hooks and shape them to what’s comfortable to me!

  11. Vicki Fowlkes
    December 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM (7 years ago)

    Thanks so much I am dying to try these and they are not only practical they are beautiful!

  12. Fran
    February 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM (7 years ago)

    I had thought about this, and played with a little of the clay (sculpey primo) but it seemed like it would be heavy and would be quite tiring to use. Is this true? are different brands of clay different weights? does the clay lighten up when it is baked? Thanks so much.

    • D Lester
      October 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM (3 years ago)

      Sculpy and Fimo are the same thing. When baked it is light as air and you will not notice the difference.

    • Rebecca
      May 13, 2020 at 9:46 PM (11 months ago)

      I just did this on Mother’s Day and they are super light. My only issue is that I get problems with friction while using it. Any suggestions?

  13. SANDRA
    February 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM (7 years ago)

    thank you so much for sharing your finds and experiences!

  14. carol
    February 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM (7 years ago)

    I just made an entire set of these hooks. They don’t seem any heavier to me. Instead of putting the white on the top I gently pressed a rubber stamp from my scrapbooking stuff into the clay before I cooked it. Worked great! Now I can get back to my crochet project because they have cooled off.

  15. Cate
    March 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM (7 years ago)

    These are so pretty and unique! Definitely have to try this for myself.

  16. Ann B
    March 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM (7 years ago)

    For Fran. Yes, there are some clays that are lighter weight. See Etsy’s Polymer Clay Barn. I believe somewhere on there she mentions the clay she uses. I have a set of hooks she covered and they are very lightweight.

  17. penny
    March 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM (7 years ago)

    thanks looks great

  18. gloria camilo
    June 9, 2014 at 4:05 AM (7 years ago)

    Gostei muito da dica ,muito valiosa alivia mesmo as dores nas mãos ,fica mais confortável crochetar ,e também mais bonitas ,obrigada !!

  19. Mana
    June 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM (7 years ago)

    Can I use plastic hooks or will they melt?

    • Jamey
      June 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM (7 years ago)

      Hi Mana,

      I’m not sure but I’m guessing they would melt. You could always test with a hook you don’t use and see what happens.
      ~ Jamey

  20. Joy
    July 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM (7 years ago)

    I did this with my grandsons ages7 and 9. We had a creative blast doing this. Not only do the handles keep my hands from aching, they remind me of the fun we had. I would encourage everyone to try this.

  21. Name
    August 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM (7 years ago)

    How much of each color clay do yo use per hook. This is a very easy way to personalize my hooks.

    • Jamey
      March 11, 2015 at 8:45 AM (6 years ago)

      I used 4 colors for my clay hooks but I’d say do what ever your heart please. I’m a huge fan of experimentation.
      ~ Jamey

      • Anonymous
        April 8, 2015 at 7:01 AM (6 years ago)

        Me too, I saw yesterday some hooks done with the clay’, they had dots and little flowers on them, so cute!

  22. Liz
    August 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM (7 years ago)

    This seems like a more practical alternative to buying the expensive bamboo handled hooks or using the removable contraption that you have to switch from hook to hook. Thanks for sharing

  23. June
    October 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM (7 years ago)

    Thanks you so much for this idea. I have been using pencil grips to help with the gripping because of arthritis.

  24. Billie Jo
    January 2, 2015 at 5:07 AM (6 years ago)

    I really appreciate this idea. My daughter loves clay and art so she made mine ( at 11 years old). She did a great job and it really helps. Thank you!

  25. Raecy
    January 17, 2015 at 5:11 PM (6 years ago)

    I am so thankful to run across this “crochet” hack on Pinterest! Just made the most adorable handles ever! My mom will be so jealous!

  26. Webajeb
    February 18, 2015 at 9:36 PM (6 years ago)

    Totally gonna make some of these! I already ran out and bought the clay!

  27. Maria Phelann
    February 24, 2015 at 6:05 AM (6 years ago)

    Hello Jamey To buy direct from the USA together with shipping costs works out very expensive, to be able to make them (or try) should work out so much cheaper Thank you so much for giving such detailed instructions and photos . I will let you know how I get on. Maria

  28. Kyra Peachey
    February 24, 2015 at 10:37 AM (6 years ago)

    Loved this! I made 2 of them last night! I used the excess marbled clay to make buttons!

    • Maria Arroyo
      February 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM (5 years ago)

      you can also use extra to make stich markers…

  29. Tricia Curry
    March 28, 2015 at 9:35 AM (6 years ago)

    I just did this last night and your directions were the best, simple and straight to the point! Thank you so much, i love them! My husband and six year old and 3 year old even got into it and help me out and made some too! But before I baked, I use, a crochet sewing needle and etched the hook size at the end of the hook that worked out great too

  30. Kathy
    April 6, 2015 at 8:47 PM (6 years ago)

    what a novel idea, i am just learning how to crochet so i think i will make some of these

  31. Venita
    September 6, 2015 at 2:33 PM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for your straightforward instructions. I was looking for just this and have added some very lovely handles to my smallest hooks. I did the same as Tricia and etched the hook size in the end of each hook, which worked well too.

    • Jamey
      September 30, 2015 at 10:18 AM (6 years ago)

      Glad it worked well for you. Great idea to etch the hook sizes in the end.

      ~ Jamey

  32. Tanya Merkel
    November 5, 2015 at 8:29 PM (5 years ago)

    Hi! I am a new follower of yours on Pinterest! I too have just started to make amigurumi and also I crochet embroider floss into earrings. My hands get so sore and I even get blisters on the pads of my palm. I bookmarked this idea a while back and decided to get the polymer clay today. I just started to crochet with my finished handles and it feels SO much better!! Thank you very much for your help!

  33. Ness
    May 2, 2016 at 5:19 AM (5 years ago)

    Hi, I love these handles and can’t wait to adapt my crochet hooks, just one question do you think I can do this on bamboo hooks? I think it would be okay but thought I should check first. Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas

  34. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 at 12:20 PM (5 years ago)

    THANKYOU so much for this, I have been procrastinating for some time on weather making handles out of polymer clay would help my hands and how to do it, ??? Wether to leave the crochet hook in the clay while I cooked it Was my main concern. you have answered all my questions.

  35. Diane
    August 27, 2016 at 8:12 AM (5 years ago)

    I would like to make one little suggestion for those who find a slight flatness to the side that sits on the paper. Pile some cornstarch on your sheet so it takes the shape of the item you are baking. Or you can simply sand it and then coat it with a sealant.

    Happy Hooking!

  36. Desiree
    November 13, 2016 at 8:58 PM (4 years ago)

    My daughter and I just made a couple of these tonight. What a great idea. One question, did anyone else have an issue with a flat spot where it was laid on the cookie sheet? Any idea how to prevent that? It’s not a huge deal to me for mine … just thinking of making a few for a gift so I want them to be perfect. 🙂

  37. Karli Newton
    February 2, 2017 at 8:17 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi!! I really want to try this, but am curious if you think it would need up wooden hooks. I just received then after ordering online and they are pretty thin. This would help so much!! Thanks in advance!!

  38. Tara
    March 8, 2017 at 5:51 PM (4 years ago)

    Great idea. Do you think think would work with bamboo hooks?

  39. Anonymous
    March 18, 2017 at 10:01 AM (4 years ago)

    Do you bake these in a regular oven or do you need a special oven?

  40. Joan
    May 19, 2017 at 7:45 AM (4 years ago)

    I do not have parchment paper can I use foil?

  41. MaryAñn
    September 23, 2017 at 8:35 AM (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the toutiral on polymer clay for crochet hooks. I purchased a set of the Liga lighted hooks very expensive, I love the handle on then but have not found any for the small hooks. It’s a great idea and I will be trying it soon!!

  42. Mary
    November 27, 2017 at 7:37 PM (3 years ago)

    I use the very small Steele hooks for crcrocheting earrings. Will the clay work on them?

  43. Amanda
    February 12, 2018 at 7:24 AM (3 years ago)

    So I wasn’t sure if I was going to like my hooks this way and whether it or would be comfy like using rainbow loom (the rubber bands) to make a cushion, but they break down over time and so I have to continued make new ones. I liked making the polymer clay, but didn’t like the way some of the hooks turned out and wanted to know if there was a way to removed the baked clay to make new ones? Or if they break down over time? Thanks for your help.

  44. Brittany
    April 6, 2018 at 1:13 PM (3 years ago)

    Do you need glue?

  45. Nadine Z
    June 7, 2018 at 10:38 AM (3 years ago)

    I’m always late to jump on the bandwagon! I bought all the materials to do this about 3 years ago and then hand surgery got in the way. I’m just now back on track and able to use my right hand like a normal person. The one and only thing I can suggest for those that get hand fatigue is to make the shape of the hook a bit thicker in the center and tapered on each end – similar in style to a Furls Odyssey or Streamline hook. And, make sure you give yourself enough room at the hook end for those stitches that require you to slide the yarn down the hook a bit. If the clay is up too high, that’s no longer possible. These are the reasons I bought all the materials to make my own…I didn’t like any of the options available. Plus, when I calculated the cost, I knew I could make them at home for much less. Thanks for the great info!!

  46. Elaine
    June 21, 2019 at 2:42 PM (2 years ago)

    Is there a way to remove polymer clay off the crochet hook? I made some handles that is way too big for me.


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