Black Clay Salt & Pepper Cellar

by VeryLiv
2 Materials
1 Day

Ever scrambled around the whole kitchen to find the salt shaker? We’ve all been there. Ok, so maybe I could do with a bit of kitchen reorganization 🤔 but what I need in my life right now is a Salt & Pepper Cellar!

Find the detailed step-by-step here!

This Salt & Pepper Cellar is crafted from natural air-dry clay which is non-toxic. If you feel like it, you could also give the cellar holes a coating of food-safe varnish.

Start by rolling out a large piece of black clay. Using a cookie cutter, create 3 circular holes in the clay. Next, create a rectangle around the 3 holes and cut away the excess clay with a sharp knife.

Next, roll out another ball of clay into a 1/4″ (5mm) thick shape. Place the piece of clay with the holes cut out on top of this new shape and cut away the clay on all 4 sides.

These 2 pieces together form the base of the salt and pepper cellar.

Roll out another piece into a 1/4″ (5mm) thick shape. Place the cellar base on top to act as a guide and cut away the excess clay to create the cellar lid.

Shape 3 disks that are slightly smaller than the cookie cutter you used earlier. Score the underside of the disks and press them into the cellar lid.

Once the clay pieces have dried thoroughly (which can take a few days due to the thickness of the base), use a sanding block to smooth the cellar. Equalize the pieces until you’re happy with the way they fit together.

And voila! Add your favorite salt and pepper or whatever your spices of choice are into the cellar holes and off you go pinching your way to great food 💚

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  • Arline Kay Arline Kay on Sep 04, 2021

    How do you keep out little buggies or gnats or dust out of the cellars?

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  • Lynn Mellon Lynn Mellon on Sep 04, 2021

    How do the first two pieces stay together? Do the two pieces just dry together without pressing them together? Never worked with clay before. Love this!

  • CJ CJ on Sep 04, 2021

    Charise, a salt and pepper cellar is for seasoning foods while cooking. This is easier to get a pinch of seasoning or scoop with a measuring spoon, as needed for what one is cooking. I wouldn't want guests using it either!

    Cute idea, thanks sharing VeryLiv!