A while back at Easter, I used my DIY Air Drying Clay Cones in an Easter Branch Display Decor Idea, which I shared here on the blog and promised that the tutorial would follow. So here it is …
This DIY clay craft is so simple to make and I think the end result is fabulous. They make fabulous home decor accents and are perfect to give away as gifts.
This project involves an imprinting technique that is very easy to do.
Because this technique is so easy and looks so effective I often use it in various other clay craft projects such as these Air Dry Clay Heart Decorations
I love working with air-drying clay as it’s really easy to use and so versatile.
It’s also pretty cheap so these projects don’t have to cost a fortune.
The clay is available in various colours such as white, stone look, and terracotta. I chose plain white for this particular project.
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Initially, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was going to make but just started playing around.
I tried out various household items to make impressions and see what different textures I could come up with.
Then I had a flash of inspiration and went to find out some small round plastic mats that had I bought a while ago.
I had intended to use these little mats to make some ‘traktaties’ (favours) but had never got around to it.
My idea just sort of evolved from there.
How To Make Decorative Clay Display Cones
Here’s how I made them;
Air Drying Clay Project Materials
- White Air Drying Modeling Clay
- Mini Silver Metal Paper Fasteners
- Plastic mat (to keep the table clean and give a smooth surface)
- Rolling pin
- Plastic Doilies or any other flat disc with a raised pattern (mine was 15cm/6″)
- Small sharp scissors
- Scrap paper or plastic (for support whilst the piece is drying)
Instructions To Make Decorative Air Drying Clay Cones
Rolling And Imprinting The Clay
Take a piece of clay and roll it into a ball
I used a piece that was approximately 5 cm in diameter (you may need a larger piece if your patterned disc is larger).
Flatten the ball with the heel of your hand, then roll it out until the piece of clay is a little larger than your Plastic Doily.
Put your patterned disc face down on top of the clay and with even pressure use the rolling pin to press the pattern into the clay.
I rolled mine out fairly thin to a thickness of approximately 2mm.
Trimming The Clay Disc
With the patterned disc still on top of the clay carefully trim off the excess clay.
Still, with the disc on top of the clay give it another gentle roll with the rolling pin.
The aim here is not to make it any thinner but to ensure an even thickness.
Again trim any excess bits.
Now carefully peel your mat/disc away from the clay.
Making The Cone Shape
Ensuring the patterned side of the clay is on the outside gently roll it into a cone.
Use a small dab of water to help it adhere to the outer edge.
To the overlapping edge of the clay.
Do not open the split pins at the back (I tried this but just ended up pulling the cone out of shape)
I used the split pins to help secure the edge and for decorative purposes.
How To The Clay Cone In To A Hanging Ornament
If you want to hang your cones you can now use a bamboo skewer to make 2 holes in the back of the cone.
Make sure your holes are big enough for the string or ribbon you are planning to use.
How To Support Air Dry Clay When Drying
Now tuck some scraps of paper or plastic inside your cones to prevent the shape from collapsing whilst drying.
Mine were dry the following day but I left mine a few days more to harden further.
Finished Air Drying Clay Cone Craft Project
These are so versatile I’m sure I will be changing them up and bringing them out every season.
Plus I also have some really cute ideas as to how I can use them as a sort of gift container (I’ll add photos when I have made them).
Where To Next? Check Out Some Of My Other Clay Craft Projects
If you are interested in seeing some of my other DIY projects on the site that uses air-drying clay then you should check out these gorgeous Air Dry Clay Earrings.
And my Decorative Handmade Soap Hangers which Dutch people like to hang in their downstairs WC. Obviously, they are made from soap but I have also added a clay element. I think these actually look like they are shop-bought and make really beautiful gifts to give away.
I really want to do more projects using air-drying clay and have loads of ideas running around in my head. So if you want to keep up to date with any new ideas and projects that I add then make sure you sign up for the A Happy Home In Holland – Email Subscribers List
Have you used clay to make any projects? I’d love to hear what you have come up with!
Just leave a comment below and tell us all about your projects and ideas.