These DIY daffodil clay pots were so fun to make and even better they double up as candle holders. Mini suggested making these as he loved making our heart shaped ring dishes. We love using clay, it is such a tactile material and perfect for all ages.
DIY Daffodil Clay Pots or Candle Holders
These Daffodil clay pots would be fantastic to give as a homemade gift or to make with a group of children. Mini loves hands on art and craft projects and really enjoys the sensory experience that working with clay gives. Clay also really appeals to Maxi (who is now 11). I love that the daffodil clay pots are a great tangible piece of art that they can gift.
- Clay – We used Fimo Air Light (Affiliate US Link/UK Link) and LOVE it – you can microwave it! But we also use standard air-drying clay too (US Link/UK Link)
- Rolling pin (UK Link/US Link)
- Silicone mat (UK Link/US Link)
- Acrylic Paint – we used yellow and red
- Flower cookie cutter – optional (UK Link/US Link)
- Clay tools (UK Link/US Link)
How to make DIY Daffodil Clay Pots or Candle Holders
Roll out your clay to about 4mm. We find that using a silicone mat and an icing rolling pin makes for a smoother clay and also makes the clay easier to remove.
Cut out your flower shape. Maxi used a flower cookie cutter we had, but Mini freehanded his! If you are doing this with a large group of children I would suggest that you print off a template for them to use so that they get the size right.
The only thing to bear in mind is that the center of the flow is large enough for the pinch pot.
For the pot, we cut out a circle using a roll of tape as a guide. This clay was thicker at around 5mm, to allow for manipulation. Alternatively, you could make a traditional pinch pot.
We kept checking that our bowl was large enough for a tea light to fit into. We scored the bottom of the bowl and also the area of the flower where we wanted to connect the bowl before pushing them together.
We then shaped our petals to give the flowers more movement before allowing the clay to dry.
As we were using Fimo Air Light (US Link/UK Link) we just popped it in the microwave with a cup of cold water on medium for 10 minutes. If you are using standard air-drying clay then this process will take 24-48 hours depending on your weather and humidity.
Then the boys painted their flowers with acrylic paints. Yellow for the petals.
Then they added some red to the yellow paint to make orange for the bowls or centers of the flowers. Once the paint has dried you can apply a varnish or some Modgepodge, but you do not have to seal them.
The DIY Daffodil Clay Pots look fantastic as ring dishes or with tea lights in.