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Sweet Little Air Dry Clay Bowls

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DIY air dry clay bowls- cute easy project.

Little tiny bowls are indispensable, oui? You need them for: change, bobby pins, rings, dusty potpourri, paperclips, beads, fake nails, earrings, teeny tiny baubles….

So let’s get our hands dirty (just a little!) and make our own simple little bauble bowls.

air dry clay bowls

Materials

  • Air Dry Clay – (This is one of those items I get so excited about having Amazon Prime for, know what I mean?)
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Wax paper
  • Balloons
  • Balloon Air Pump – unless you like that painful feeling in your jaws from blowing air into balloons
  • Glasses or cups
  • Acrylic Paint in 3 colors- I used Sargent brand Sky Blue, Pthalo Turquoise, Dark Cobalt Violet, but there are some lovely color combos in this craft paint set or this one.
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brushes

Grab a wad of clay and roll it out on wax paper flat and thin, about yay thin- really however thin you want it.

Using a sharp knife, cut around the outside of a bowl or any other round object that might be a good size for a bowl. Masking tape, maybe?

rolling out air dry clay

Lift the clay circle up off the wax paper. You’ll want to smooth out the edges of the cut circle, so dip your finger into a small bowl of water and run it around the edges lightly to smooth them.

I decided I wanted to add a small base, so I used one of my cute mini food cutters) on the leftover rolled-out clay. The best way to attach 2 flat clay pieces together is to “score” each piece and attach them with a little water. To score is to lightly scratch a few lines into the clay’s surface on each side of the clay that will be attached together. The bit of water just ensures that there is a seal between the 2 pieces.

Okay. I SUPPOSE you could just glue the pieces together after they dry, but this is the much sexier method.

scoring clay to attach pieces

Lay it over the top of a balloon that is resting in the opening of a glass.

1balloons

bowlbases

Let ’em dry. Oh. By the way, you’ll be seeing more clay projects from me, because I couldn’t decide what to do with these things: leave them white with a simple Mod Podge coat? Paint them? Texture them while they’re still wet? Carve into them? Too many choices, I say. But I do think I’ll make some at some point that are textured like my clay pendants.

air dry clay bowls

I ended up painting the tops with 3 pretty acrylic paint colors (see materials section above), and then sealing them with Mod Podge.

Painting air dry clay bowls with acrylic paint

It’s so exciting to have pretty bowls for my rings now, instead of leaving them all over the house while I do dishes or squish raw ground beef through my fingers.

Air dry clay bowls DIY

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Jeanette Nyberg

I'm Jeanette Nyberg: artist, author, introvert, creativity-pusher, color-lover.

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