We can think of a thousand and one uses for these chic DIY bowls! They're a great place to drop your keys or pocket change, to stash your jewlery, or brighten up a bookshelf. They're also perfect to give away for a thoughtful, handmade gift.

Plus, they're so simple and fun to make, don't be surprised if you can't stop!

These decorative DIY bowls are made with air-dry clay, which is a great medium for beginners. No firing or baking necessary, simply allow your items to dry overnight. The end result is an extremely lightweight bowl with a paper-mache like feel.

We've added copper leaf  to our bowls for extra sparkle. You can also use ink or paint, or leave them plain too. Give it a try! Be sure to tag us on instagram at @irisusa if you do; we'd  love to see your creations.

Here's everything you need:

  • Air Dry Clay
  • Set of Small Bowls
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife
  • Stamps or other items to make impressions (optional)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Small, stiff paintbrushes
  • Adhesive Sizing
  • Copper Leaf
  • Sealer


1.  Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable. Place it on the parchment paper, (which keeps it from sticking to your table) then roll it out to a thickness of about 5 mm. Use books or cutting boards on either side of the clay as you roll it out to keep the thickness consistent.

2. Place your bowls upside down on the clay and use the knife to gently cut around the edge of each bowl. 

If you are stamping a design into your clay, do it now, before you place your clay back in the bowls. 

3. Place the clay circles inside their bowls and gently press into shape. Remember to go slow so you don't tear the clay, and so the sides remain even.

4. Once they are dry, carefully remove them from the glass bowls. They should slip out easily. The amount of time it will take for the bowls to dry depends on your climate. Ours took a little over 24 hours, but it could take up to 48. 

Gently smooth any rough edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

5. Apply adhesive sizing to all the areas you want to have copper leaf. The picture below shows sizing being applied to our largest bowl, which we covered completely.

Once the sizing has become tacky to the touch, use a dry brush to apply the copper leaf.

Add a coat of sealer to protect your lovely new bowls, and you're finished!

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