These little leaf clay bowls turned out great!
This is such a fantastic little activity to do with your kiddies – or on your own, much easier than it looks and they really do make the most special gifts!!!
We used air dry clay as it is easy to work with, does not need to be fired and can be painted in bright colors! It is also much stronger than salt dough and does not go soggy in a humid climate!
Air Dry Clay Leaf Bowl Materials:
Air dry Clay – we used this Air Dry Clay as I think it is the best to work with!
Paint we used Acrylic Paint
Optional Sealer – to make it shiny and to last longer Clear Acrylic Sealer Aerosol Spray, Gloss or Clear Acrylic Sealer – Matte. I used a slightly glossy spray as I wanted the bowl to shine – but Matte would also look great!
Rolling Pin, I used a wooden one like this…
A big Leaf
How to make an air dry clay bowl?
First you need to roll out your clay into a sheet about half a cm / 5mm thick…
Then you place your clean dry leaf – vein side down – over the clay and give it a good roll – don’t be scared to push a little – this imprints the clay with the leaf shape and the veins. When choosing your leaf, look for one with good veins – this really does make the difference!
Emma shows us here – with some play dough. She was making a zillion play dough bowls to my 1 clay…
Once the leaf print has been rolled onto your clay, cut around the outside with a sharp knife or cutter…
I improvised a little with the stem – I thickened it…
At this point you need to find another bowl and place your leaf inside it to dry. This will give it the bowl shape. To make a bowl like mine, the drying bowl needs to be quite big – so the leaf drys sort of fanned out…
I let it dry for a few days and then carefully lifted it out. It needed a day out of the bowl to dry the underside.
Once the leaf has dried, if there are some rough edges you can gently sand them off.
Ready to paint!
I used acrylic paint, once the paint was dry I sprayed it with sealer (that is specific to acrylic paint.)
This finishes the bowl off nicely and gives it a bit of a shine!
I turned mine into an Autumn/Fall Leaf. You can paint your leaf any which way you like!
The perfect craft activity and gift in one!
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