Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Or a good kids’ craft? Discover how to make a clay bowl by hand. Gift to friends or family, or keep one for yourself.
My idea with these was to create a set of nesting bowls, and then gold leaf them. I wanted them to have a vintage look to them. I found this gold paint in my craft stash, and I just decided to use that instead of gold leaf. Let’s get started!
Things You’ll Need
- Air Dry Clay (I use this brand and love it)
- Wax paper
- Gold Paint
- Set of small and medium rounded bowls or cups to form the nesting bowls. (I used a small glass vase and a stemless wine glass).
This clay project takes no time at all. The hardest part is knowing when to stop. My perfectionist nature wanted every little crack smoothed out. At some point, I had to call it quits.
And, after all, we are going for a somewhat vintage look here. Right? I wanted my bowls to have a slightly collected feel like I snagged them from a thrift store or something.
How to Make a Clay Bowl by Hand
how to make nesting bowls out of clay.
Total time: 2 days
Roll out your clay
- I learned that putting your air dry clay on wax paper helps it not stick to the surface. So I sandwiched the clay with wax paper and rolled it out a bit. You can use a jar to roll it out. It also helps to put water or lotion on your hands!
form bowl shape
Take your rolled clay and form a loosely shaped bowl. Use your lotioned hands to smooth it out and fix any cracks. You can use your hand to help shape the bowls too. Set the clay on top of your rounded objects, gently forming it over the shape. I want a piece-y look to my edges. So I made little rips in the clay at the edges.
Repeat with the second bowl
Create another bowl, but this time, you want it to be larger or smaller than the first one so you can nest the bowls together. You can test your two nesting bowls to ensure
- they fit right together. Then just let them air dry for 48 hrs (check your specific clay instructions).
Paint your Bowls (optional)
After 48 hours, you are ready to paint! This is optional, but my brand of air-dry clay dries to a grayish color. I wanted white. So I spray-painted them white. Then I let the bowls fully dry before moving on.
After the paint was dry, I took my gold paint and painted the insides and rims. I let that dry for 24 hours.
Now you have a set of gold nesting bowls! Put a pretty ribbon around them and gift them to someone. I used mine to hold a faux succulent at one point on our mantel. I will say this gold paint is lovely. It dries to a beautiful, shiny gold color.
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