Camille Styles

Transformed :: Imprinted Clay Bowls

October 17th, 2013

DIY Clay Bowls by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

Anyone else shocked that the holidays are right around the corner? Claire here, and this year I’m vowing to not find myself in an end-of-the-year frenzy, so I’m getting a head start on my gifting. From hostess presents to party favors, my list seems to get longer each year. These do-it-yourself clay bowls are good for nearly everything… a catch-all by the door, a jewelry holder near the sink, or a vessel for Halloween candy, they can always be put to use! Since this is a small scale project that everyone can enjoy, I invited a few girlfriends over for a fun afternoon of bowl-making, bites and sips. Keep reading to see how to make your own!

DIY Clay Bowls by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

DIY Clay Bowls by Claire Zinnecker | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

  1. Tear off a chunk of the white clay and knead with hands until soft. Roll with rolling pin until 1/4″ flat.
  2. Place a bowl upside down on the flattened clay. Cut with the knife around the edges, leaving a perfect circle.
  3. Stamp/imprint into the clay circle, pressing carefully and firmly.
  4. Remove stamp.
  5. Place imprinted clay circle in the bowl, and mold to the shape of the bottom as pictured. Dip your fingertip into the dampened sponge and smooth any rough edges or cracks in the clay.
  6. Leave in the bowl to harden overnight. Once dry, use a knife to loosen the clay and pop out of bowl. With the paint brush and gold leaf paint, accent parts of your clay bowl with a metallic touch.

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  1. One of the things I loved doing while taking art and sculpture courses was working with clay. This is such a great diy idea that is so creative.

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thank you! Kate Stafford took a ceramics class in school and felt the same way. She loved doing this DIY with me.

  2. These would make such beautiful presents! x

  3. I am so obsessed with these… delicate, handmade and beautiful. I want to have a few in every room of my house!

  4. Delia says:

    Ooh this calls for a weekend project! Love it.

  5. kelsey says:

    this is amazing! i am making these
    kw Ladies in Navy

  6. Megan says:

    I really love this!

  7. Oh Wow! These are awesome!

  8. Ana Perkins says:

    So cute, Claire! These would make the perfect gift.

  9. Meg Sylvia says:

    Claire, these are beautiful!!! Never would have thought how easy these are by looking at them! Definitely want to give this a try.

  10. Carrie says:

    Lovely, delicate and so simple. Such a wonderful idea!

  11. Jeanine says:

    Love!! I will never have too many little bowls… Buying clay now 🙂

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  13. Alexa says:

    This is on my short list for crafts. I’ve started gathering all the supplies! Thanks, Claire, these are beautiful!

  14. Marsha says:

    Could you use various colors of paint? If so, what kind of paint? Thanks!

  15. Love these! So simple and beautiful!

  16. Heather kenley says:

    These are beautiful!! I bought the clay you recommended. How many small plates would a 1 lb block of clay make?

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thanks Heather! Well it depends on the size of bowls you are making but we used almost a whole block and made 13 bowls. Let me know how yours turn out!

  17. SO in love with this!! I was going to buy this jewelry tray but I think I’ll just make a bowl instead! Love it, great DIY!

  18. Vanessa says:

    Pretty! I esp love the snowflake one~

  19. Wow! Such a cool DIY.
    Thank you!

  20. clairezinnecker says:

    I love seeing your completed projects once you do one of these DIYs! Always tag me (@clairezinnecker) in your instagram and twitter photos of the final product!

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  22. Ann says:

    Thanks for the beautiful inspiration! Did the bowls last weekend (with a dove stamp and tiny stamped letters PEACE) , painting this weekend! Made ornaments, too, as gift tags for these gifts. I didn’t smooth the edges enough for my liking, so I’m going to try fine sand paper before I paint them (art teacher friend said that should work, though she’s never worked with air dry clay).

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thanks, Ann! Those sound beautiful! I would imagine sand paper would work well as long as you smooth it gently. Good luck and let me know!

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  26. Dana says:

    I tried making these bowls for a secret santa exchange I do with my friends every year (the gifts must be handmade) but after letting them dry overnight the bowls still feel soft… Have I not let them dry long enough or does this type of clay never really harden?

    • clairezinnecker says:

      It should be dry, unless your bowl is a bit thicker than mine were. You could let it sit for a while more or maybe stick it in the oven for a short amount of time? Hope this helps and let me know!

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    I love that this uses air dry clay, since we don’t have a kiln. My school-aged campers will love this idea, and their parents will be so impressed.

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    When dry does the bowls feel like ceramic? I tried a couple of different clays air dry and oven baked, they all felt like plastic clay. I know the clay has plastic in it but will it feel and sound like bisque/ceramic?? I love it and it is sooooo easy. I just wish it felt like ceramic. I was wondering if I am doing something wrong. Thanks in advance!

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