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How To Make A Beautiful Air Dry Clay Candle Holder

Easy To Make Marble Air Dry Clay Candle Holder

I have a confession to make I love playing with clay and dough. When the kids were young that was one of my favourite activities to get the plasticine and play dough out. The other day I spotted some air dry clay in a craft shop and thought it would be fun making something with it.

Even though I was tempted I didn’t go down the monsters and dinosaur route that I did with the kids. But created something a bit more grown-up. I made some lovely marbled air dry clay candle holders.

These candle holders were really simple to make and once the clay had dried instead of painting them I marbled them. My air dry clay candle holders look a bit like sophisticated silver Christmas trees.

Which means they look great as a centerpiece on my dining room table.

I chose silver as I thought that went well with the copper pipe fixings but you can make them in any colour you want as long as you can buy that colour in nail polish. You could even make them in more than one colour.

This DIY clay candle holder would look great with any Scandinavian themed Christmas decorations.

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas dining table, or an extra decoration for your mantle with an easy to make marble air dry candle holder. #candleholder #airdryclay #claycandleholder #marble

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas dining table or an extra decoration for your mantle with an easy to make marble air dry candle holder. #candleholder #airdryclay #claycandleholder #marble

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What you need to make an air dry candle holder

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How to make an air dry candle holder

    1. Firstly with the cardboard packaging and tape make a cone shape the size you would like your candle holder. Mine was about 15cm (6″) tall.
    1. Next place a copper pipe end feed on the top of each cardboard cone.

Cardboard candle holder moulds.

    1. Take the air dry clay out of the packaging and using a rolling pin roll it out to about a thickness of 5mm.

Rolling out the air dry clay.

    1. Carefully lift the clay off the board and wrap it around the cardboard cone. Trim off any excess clay. Leave them until the clay has dried hard. I leave mine for at least 24 hours in a warm dry space.

air dry clay on mould

    1. Once dry the clay will need sealing before marbling. To do this, first I covered the copper pipe with masking tape to protect it. I then made a mixture of 50% clear nail polish and 50% waterproof mod podge and brushed it all over the clay candle holder. I then left it to dry.

Sealing the clay candle holders.

  1. Finally the air dry candle holder is ready to marble. I used the same method as I used with my upcycle tins with faux marble. This basically involves splashing nail polish on the surface of warm water and then rolling the clay candle holder over the top.

Marbling air dry candle holders.

Now all you need to do is add candles. I’m really pleased with how the air dry candle holder turned out. I think that 3 together look really good and they will definitely be on the centre of my dining table this Christmas.

Mind you, I also think they look really good on the mantle so I might have to make some more. Perhaps with green nail polish this time so they look even more like Christmas trees.

marble air dry clay candle holder for your table.

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas dining table, or an extra decoration for your mantle with an easy to make marble air dry candle holder. #candleholder #airdryclay #claycandleholder #marble


Mo

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Hi!

Do you actually light these or just use as decoration - I understand that air dry clay can be flammable?

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Yes you are right some air dry clays are flammable. If you are lighting the candles it’s best to use a non flammable clay. Also, you should never leave lit candles unattended anyway.

Florence @ Vintage Southern Picks

Friday 29th of December 2017

Hi Claire, So you're saying you just pour a bit of nail polish in the water & roll the cone in it? That sounds easy. Yours turned out so pretty, and I'm sure you could modify this for other uses besides Christmas. Great idea. I always loved Play Doh too, but I think I liked eating it the best...LOL

Claire Armstrong

Friday 29th of December 2017

Thank you, Florence. Yes marbling is that easy, just make sure the water is warm and you don't use a quick drying nail polish.

Cecilia

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Love these, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 27th of December 2017

Thank you for hosting!

Julie

Tuesday 19th of December 2017

These are lovely. I made a air dry clay cone last year, much smaller than yours and I use it to keep my rings overnight. It's turned out to be really useful. I love this nail varnish marbling technique, it's so much fun it does make you want to marble all the things doesn't it!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 19th of December 2017

Thanks Julie. The marbling is a really quick and effective way to decorate, great results for very little effort.

Ivory

Saturday 16th of December 2017

On my, you are so creative. I would have never thought of doing something like this. I guess I have absolutely no creativity in me at all. ??

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 16th of December 2017

Thank you, Ivory. I'm sure your creative it just takes a bit of practice, the more creative things you do the more ideas you have.