Diy clay leaf bowls

Hi, my name is Jocie (pronounced Jah-see) and I’m from One Project Closer.

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Clay Leaf Bowls are one of my all-time favorite projects because it’s simple, inexpensive, fun to do with the kids, and really beautiful! Oh, and there really is no way to mess it up (because sometimes I do that). But every imperfection just makes it a little more personal and unique.

DIY Clay Leaf Bowls from One Project Closer

Materials Needed:

  • Leaves
  • Air-dry or Oven-bake clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Gold spray paint

First, me and my girls picked bunches and bunches of leaves fresh off the trees (not the dead, brittle ones on the ground). Then, I pulled out my oven-baked clay – love this stuff!

We worked the clay until it was warm and soft, then rolled out the clay, thin and even. This picture is of my daughter last year at age 3. When it was cold, she couldn’t do much with it but it was fun watching her try. lol.

Then, I placed the leaf in the center of the clay and used the rolling pin to press it into the clay. I pressed harder than I thought I needed too and then lifted it off the clay, starting with the stem.

I thought about keeping the excess around the leaf print to have it look more like a bowl, but I ended up cutting around the leaf with a sharp knife. Obviously, the kids didn’t help with this part.

Once cut, I lifted the clay leaf and placed it in one of my stoneware bowls, since they are oven-safe and cooked as directed on the box.

Once removed from the oven and completely cool, I gave the girls some acrylic paint and Q-tips and let them get to work!  Tip: Yellow and gold paint did not look as good on the final product, so we stayed clear of those colors.

Then, after the acrylic had dried, I lightly spray painted the bowls with gold metallic spray paint. The trick was to hold the spray paint at a distance and spray very lightly. You can always add more, but if you spray too much, you won’t be able to see any of the fabulous colors!

Done and beautiful!

DIY Clay Leaf Bowls from One Project Closer

DIY Clay Leaf Bowls from One Project Closer

DIY Clay Leaf Bowls from One Project Closer

I used this same technique making ornaments last Christmas and those turned out awesome too. I imagine Debbie could also put a fab spin on this with some Rit Dye!

What do you think? Where would you put an autumn leaf?

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  1. Jill says

    First of all, your daughter’s hair is to die for!! I love it. How did you make the bowl curved instead of flat? Do you bake it inside the other bowl?

  2. Judith says

    Hello Debbie and Jocie,
    Love your leaf bowls. Wish I had the patience to try them…. Thank you, Debbie for having Jocie share her Clay leaf bowls. Sooo pretty, just like her daughter……

  3. james@craftsman style home builder in midlothian says

    How cute…!! I like it your sweet daughter has done a fantastic job. She looks completely dedicated for this work..!!

  4. says

    I really love these. I wish we had larger leaves around here to use. I need to keep my eyes open to see if I can find some or ask the the husband to bring home some from his slightly northern travels.

  5. James davis says

    Really, love your idea of making Clay Leaf Bowl. It is nice that kids also feel excited doing that. Thanks for sharing this different idea.


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