Air-dry Clay Diyas

It is just 2 weeks for Diwali and you must have begun the preparations. Every year I add something new either decorations or diyas and this year I was thinking to use the existing ones in new way but wasn’t convinced.

Well, Diwali is an important festival and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to experiment something unique and different and if it is a hit to share it with you all.

We all love to have a new set of diyas every year and in my earlier posts I have shared couple of alternatives. However, today I am going to share an easy way to make traditional looking clay diyas at home. It doesn’t involve a potter’s wheel or kiln.

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All you need is –

Air Dry clay ( I used Crayola from local craft store)

Rolling pin,  knife/butterknife and water

Glass bowl ( Dollar tree has these small glass bowls 4 for $1)

Step 1 : Start by dividing clay into equal sized balls ( depending on number of diyas you want to make). It helps in having equal size diyas.

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Step 2: Roll out clay on smooth surface to thickness of 1/4 inch.

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Step 3: Use the same bowl and lay it top side down on to clay. Cut around the edges with a knife. You may skip this step if you can roll a circle(like shown above).

Step 4: Place the glass bowl top side down and lift off the clay circle and place it on the bowl. Push the clay towards the bowl and on one edge pinch the clay like shown below.

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Step 5: If the edges don’t look clean, use your finger and little water to smooth it out .

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Step 6: Let the clay dry overnight ( preferably 12-14 hours). Once dry pop out from the glass bowl.

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Step 7 : Use acrylic paints of your choice and the diyas are ready 🙂

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You can use either white clay and paint or terra-cotta clay for traditional look.

Cheers!

Published by Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

2 thoughts on “Air-dry Clay Diyas

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this project! I’m hoping to make these with my class of twenty students and I have no idea how much of the clay to buy. Do you have an idea of how many diyas I might get from 2lbs of the clay?

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    1. Hmm – I am so sorry, I haven’t done more than 4 😬- the clay required for each Diya is around size of American lemons 🍋- may be instead of taking clay block, you can make them into balls and take , that way you have the right amount for your class!!

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