DIY Air Dry Clay Leaf Bowls

I love working with clay. It's all squishy and cold, plus you can make stuff out of it! So, when I saw these clay leaf bowls I couldn't wait to make my own. I wanted to get a pop of color, too. Since glaze colors for air dry clay are pretty limited I decided to work with some acrylics I have at home.

First thing I did was go right down to my local nursery Luis', and picked up some leaves. I got a few varieties, but the one I liked best was this Loquat leaf. 

Here's what I used:


  • Roll out clay with a to be about 1/4" thick.

  • Place your leaf in the center of the clay face up making sure the surface of the leaf is covered with clay.

  • Trim the edges with knife, scissors or your fingers.
  • Once your leaf is in place take a small amount of water and smooth the clay with your hands to remove any fingerprints or imperfections.
  • Allow to air dry for 2-3 days.
  • Make sure clay is dry and gently peel off the leaf.
  • For the paint mix 2:1 water to acrylic paint. Make sure the paint is diluted to the consistency of watercolors.
  • Paint your mold gently. I only used one coat. Since the paint is mixed with water it could potentially damage you pattern so it's better to blot the paint than to drag your brush.
  • Allow to air dry for 15-20 minutes.