Create a Perfect Candle Cuff From Clay

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I love adding a little something extra to the decor in my home! If you are looking to create a bit more interest for your own pieces then this is the perfect tutorial for you! Learn how to make the most gorgeous clay cuffs to add to anything from a candle to a vase. Choose a color scheme and design that fits with your aesthetic and get creating! This easy, step-by-step guide will teach you all the tips and tricks you need for making these amazing clay cuffs. You won’t regret adding this decor detail to your space!

Tools and Materials:

  • Air drying clay
  • Corn starch
  • Knife
  • Stamps
  • Twine/Ribbon
  • Paint
  • Cloth
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Roll out the clay

The first thing I did was add some cornstarch to my surface. 

Play with the clay

Before I rolled out my clay, I played with it a little to get it feeling a bit softer. 

Roll it out

I then grabbed my rolling pin and started rolling the clay out until it was fairly thin. This clay is amazing because it’s still pretty flexible when it dries. 

Cut the clay
Cut clay shapes

Next, I printed out two templates that I would use to cut out the shape of my cuffs. You can use anything you have at home as a template for the shapes you want to make. I then cut around my templates using a clay cutter, but any knife would work just as well! 

Stamp the clay
Stamp the clay

With my clay cut out, it was time to stamp it and create gorgeous designs. The first stamp I used was from a set called Bohemia and it had this amazing floral pattern. The imprints must be deep enough to be seen even after painting. I used a different floral design stamp for my second piece of clay and was ready to move on to the next step. 

Cut slits
Cut side slits

In this next step, I used my putty knife to make slits in the sides of my clay. I would be threading through twine later so I made sure they would be big enough for the twine to fit through. 

Candle table decor

I decided to add a little more to my oval piece of clay. I used another stamp to create a gorgeous crackled effect on the clay. You can play around with the design you make on your clay. The important part is that you love it and it fits with your aesthetic!

How to decorate a candle
Shape the clay

The first cuff would be for a vase I had at home. A great tip for making sure your vase won’t roll around while you’re working with it is to place it on two rolled up towels. I then gently set my clay piece over the vase. 

Tape it on

To hold the curved shape of the clay in place while it dried, I used some painter’s tape to stick it down. I set my vase to the side and got ready to start the same process on my candle. I used a faux candle but a wax candle would work as well! I left the clay to sit and dry for 24 hours. 

Paint a base coat
Paint the cuffs

Once my clay pieces were dry, I couldn’t wait to start this next step. I really wanted to make the details on the clay pop and using paint was the perfect way to do it. I peeled the clay pieces off of the vase and candle and was ready to start painting. I started with my oval piece and painted it a light color called French eggshell. I used Fusion mineral paint but any paint will work from acrylic to chalk paint. 

Paint a dark color

For the second piece I used a stunning charcoal color. I made sure to paint over all the cracks and crevices so that my pieces would have the perfect finish! 

Dry the base coat

I used my blow dryer to speed up the drying process. I couldn't wait to see the end result! 

Paint on a wash

I was ready to paint on my wash! I loved the light blue I used for my base but I wanted to use a darker color for my wash. I watered down a little bit of the paint and spread it over the clay. 

Wipe it down

I sprayed my cloth with a little bit of water and started wiping the piece down. You can wipe as much or as little as you want, depending on the desired look. I love seeing how the details really start to pop! I repeated the same on my second piece, only this time I used white paint for my wash against the dark charcoal base coat. 

Add twine
Add twine to the cuff

Once my pieces had dried, I cut some loops of twine which I would use to thread through the clay. Make sure that the pieces are long enough to wrap around your objects. 

Thread the twine

Next, I threaded the loop of my twine through the front of the clay piece. 

Make a knot

I then fed the loose ends through the loop and tightened it around my cuff. I repeated the same on the other side of the clay cuff. 

Tie it around the object

I popped out my handy towels and rested the vase on them so that it would not roll. I placed the cuff around the vase and used the twine pieces to tie it on. I made a little bow but you can tie it on however you like! I tied the second cuff around my candle and was so pleased with the results! 

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I love how this decor detail can add so much to your home! What would you make these cuffs for? Let me know in the comments below! 

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