Elevate a mantel or nook in your home with this air-dry clay vase project.

Updated April 13, 2021
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This idea for using air-dry clay to make a warm terra-cotta-colored vase adds an undeniable organic design and natural charm to your home. Fill it with fresh blooms or let it sit pretty all on its own. This idea comes from our contributor Anusha Rajeswaran of Fish and Bull.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Knead a handful of clay into a small tennis ball sized sphere. On wax paper, roll out clay into a disc about 1/4-inch thick. Roll in different directions to ensure that it is even thickness.

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Step 2

Using a craft knife, carve the clay into a rectangular piece roughly the circumference of the glass bottle and bend it gently around the bottle. (Tip: Clay will stick to glass if pressed against the surface, so use a light hand in working with clay on the bottle mold.) Add strips of clay to form the bottom portion of the vase, using your finger to smooth the joints. Add another strip to create a top lip. Use your finger to gently smooth the surface, join the creases, and use a small amount water to wet the clay along the seams. Use dampened sponge to smooth uneven surfaces.

Step 3

From the bottom opening, gently wriggle the glass bottle out of the clay vase. Patch up any flaws with more clay. Create a bottom for the vase by sitting it on top of a clay slab. Cut around the vase using the craft knife and smooth the seams together. (Optional: Use clay carving tools to carve patterns and designs into its surface.) Allow vase to dry completely for about 48 to 72 hours before using.

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