Clay Leaf Bowl - Air Dry Clay Art Project

Making air dry clay bowls is such a fun art project for toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids! They will have so much fun making and decorating their own clay leaf bowl and they are so easy to do. With these clay dishes, you can adventure outside and then come back for such a fun project! Follow the easy step-by-step directions below to get started making your own clay dishes.

Clay leaf bowl

Looking for more clay crafts? Be sure to check out this heart clay bowl, this butterfly ring dish, or this keepsake handprint dish.

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Clay dishes make for AWESOME art projects for kids. They get to explore art in various medium and clay bowls make such a cute practical gift! (Or of course, they can display their new clay leaf bowl around the house!) With this clay bowl project, they can bring nature into the mix. How fun is that?!

Scroll down below to get started making your own clay leaf bowl!

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Clay leaf bowl


Clay bowl supplies:


  • Modeling clay
  • Cookie cutter or knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Small bowl
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Gold paint

How to make an air dry clay leaf bowl:


STEP 1: Gather your supplies


Before you get started, gather up all your supplies. Invite your children to pick out leaves and twigs from outside. They will love going out on a nature walk to collect interesting leaves whilst getting excited for this fun clay leaf bowl project!


STEP 2: Prep your air dry clay



Once you have your supplies, prep your clay by rolling it out 1 centimetre thick (or 1/2 an inch). 

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Then, cut it into a round shape using a small bowl, cookie cutter, or knife.

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STEP 3: Decorate your leaf bowl



Now it's time to decorate! Help your child cover the leaf in gold paint and press into the clay as shown below. Have them use a small twig to make marks in the clay, too. 

Optionally, they can choose other art mediums to add more designs to their leaf bowl.

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STEP 4: Finish off your clay leaf bowl


Once they're done decorating, have them place the clay into a small bowl to create a bowl shape. Add some gold paint around the edges. Leave it to dry for 24 hours and then come back to remove the bowl. Now you just need to decide what to use your new clay bowl for!

If you want more ideas check out these clay leaf bowls from Red Ted Art where she cuts around the leaf shape so the full bowl is the shape of the leaf! 

leaf print clay bowl

We hope you enjoy making your clay leaf bowl! Clay dishes are such a fun project, even more so when you bring in elements from outside! Toddlers, preschoolers and older kids are sure to enjoy making this air dry clay bowl project and it makes such a cute homemade gift idea. 

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