How to Use Paper Clay
I discovered a new product for paper crafting! Paper Clay is very easy to use and I can’t wait to share my paper clay DIY pot.
I love making crafts with clay but until now I wasn’t even aware of paper clay. I have to say this was really fun to work with!
My previous crafts were with air dry clay, which is very similar to paper clay. I made Personalized DIY Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Gift Tags, Clay Valentine Conversation Hearts, and Valentine Crafts. I am so happy to have discovered paper clay.
What is Paper Clay?
Paper Clay is made from all-natural ingredients, is non-toxic and biodegradable. Basically, it is made from clay that is mixed with shredded paper or other fibers.
I must say that I absolutely love how this came out. It was very easy to make and I love that I was able to use some lavender from my garden to leave an “impression” in the paper clay!
There are so many different uses for a bowl like this. I love that it looks great in my craft room and also on the back patio. The uses are endless!
I can’t wait to make another one. While I am not exactly sure what I am going to make, I know that I will be using paper clay.
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How to Make a Paper Clay Pot
I must admit that I started this project having no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to make a pot but I thought I was going to make a decorative edge with the patterned serrated knife. But my plans changed halfway through and I love how it turned out.
Here’s what you need to make this paper clay pot.
- Creative Paper Clay Modeling Material – two 8 oz. packages
- A jar or bowl to use as your mold. Be sure the mold is larger at the bottom than the top. I used a large mason jar
- Rolling pin
- Acrylic paint (I used a light brown color) and a small brush
- Matte Mod Podge and paintbrush
I wanted to mention that you can also make your own paper clay (just google it for a recipe). I decided that was a little too much work and bought the paperclay instead.
Here is a step by step explanation of how to make a paperclay pot.
- one – roll the paper clay flat to about 1/4 inch
- two – cut the clay about 1″ larger than the bottom of the bowl and lightly form it around the edges
- three – roll out more clay for the sides of the bowl
- four – lay the clay around the side of the pot
- five – roll more clay so that it completely covers the bowl
- six – turn the bowl upside down and gently press the two pieces together, leaving the clay loose and not tight
- seven – cut the edge so that it is straight across the top (measuring with a ruler is suggested)
- eight – gently remove the bowl from the paper clay mold.
- nine – when removing the bowl, you may need to use a knife to cut it away to from the sides
- ten – smooth the edges inside and out on the clay bowl
- eleven – using fresh plants, such as lavender, press them into the clay
- twelve – once the plant has left an indentation, remove
- thirteen – let the pot dry at least one day (a hairdryer will help it dry faster)
- fourteen – using a small brush, lightly highlight all of the indentations made from the plants
- fifteen – once the paint is dry, seal the inside and out with Mod Podge
- sixteen – use the paper clay pot however you want, just be sure to not use any liquids inside the pot
Frequently Asked Questions
Paper clay is clay that is mixed with shredded paper or other fibers and is a strong but lightweight clay. It can be fired in a kiln to set. Air-dry clay does not need to be fired (you cook it in the oven) and it dries very well.
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I love this little pot you made. I look forward to trying it sometime. I really like that you pressed the lavender into it. Great job.
I’ve been using paper clay for years, very pliable and easy to work with. I recently used it to fix/mold a bottom piece of a lamp that my one cat knocked over and broke off. I molded it, let it dry for several days, then painted/stained it to match. You would never know it was broke to begin with. I’ve also used it for several projects for my son for school as well.
Love this pot especially the lavender touch. I’ve never tried paper clay but will now !
With pots or containers that can’t have water in them I often use a glass jar to hold water for flowers or plants
Thank you for sharing this beautiful project
Thank you so much Erin for reaching out. I am so happy that you enjoyed this post! Yes, for this pot, I definitely used a liner of glass. Happy Friday to you!
Love paper clay. Have used it for so many fun things! Your pot is beautiful.
I love this! Are you going to show how to make your spice rack? I would love to do that project too! Thanks!
Love the paper clay pot! Purchased my paper clay & going to give it a try this weekend. Also just wanted to tell you that I’ve jumped right in making pretty much everything you’ve presented and LOVE everything. So many things folks lived getting, especially at the holidays. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Beautiful! have you ever seen the things that IOD Designs do with paper clay. They have these amazing molds that use the paper clay and you can glue the designs to wood and glass and make wonderful things.
That sounds amazing Carole!