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Cosy Crafts – Clay Leaf Candle Holder

Next up on my autumnal cosy craft series is a super cute and easy to make clay leaf, which you could use to hold candles, coins, trinkets or a maybe a collection of acorns or conkers. The best thing about it, as always, is that no one will have one the same, and you can claim bragging rights that you made it with your own fair hands.

What you will need:

 White air drying clay
 Rolling pin (or glass jar)
 Baking paper/something to protect your work surface
 Selection of leaves
 Cling film
 PVA Glue
 Acrylic paint (optional)


  1. Firstly take a sizeable ball of clay from the packet and place on some baking paper or plastic of some kind so it doesn’t stick to your work surface.


2. Use a rolling pin or glass jar to roll out your clay to the thickness of a £1 coin.


3. Ensure your clay is rolled out large enough for your chosen leaf.


4. Place your leaf onto the clay and firmly roll over the top a few times, this is so that the imprint of the leaf will be in the clay!


5. Use a knife to cut around the shape of the leaf.



6. Gently remove the leaf from the clay.


7. Find a bowl the right size and place a layer of cling film on the bottom. You want the bowl to be large enough so that when you place your leaf inside it, the base of the leaf is mainly flat with just the edges of the leaf curling upwards in the bowl.



8. Place your leaf somewhere to dry, mine took 2-3 days but would be faster if you place it somewhere warm like near a radiator. The clay will turn fully white when it’s dry.


9. Remove from the bowl and you now have the choice:

  • If you want it to be coloured then paint it now using some acrylic paint, then once dry seal it all in with a layer of PVA glue
  • If you just want it to be white like mine, slap a layer of PVA glue over the top to protect it.


10. Wait for the glue to dry, pop some candles on and enjoy your creation!


Hope you enjoyed this cosy craft! Until next time 

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