DIY Stamped Clay Bowls

Gathering Beauty
by Gathering Beauty
6 Materials
2-3 Days
Wow your friends with these customized stamped clay bowls. They make the perfect place to store your keys or jewelry.
Take your air dry clay and knead until soft. Roll your clay out to about 5mm thick.

Ink up your stamp and press firmly onto the clay. Repeat until you have covered the clay with your stamped design.

Try not to press too hard as you want to be able to lift the clay away from the table easily and not stretch out the design. If you have problems with the clay sticking to your work surface you can roll the clay out onto some greaseproof paper first.
Take your bowl and place it upside down on your clay. Use your knife to cut around the edge of the bowl.

Peel away the remaining clay to leave the circle of clay behind that will form your bowl.

Lift your clay circle carefully and place it inside your bowl. Using your thumbs press the clay down gently into the bowl.

Repeat until you have as many bowls as required and leave to dry overnight. By the next day the printed side of the clay should be hard enough for you to remove it from the bowl. You may find the clay is still damp where it's been touching the glass bowl. Place your bowls upside down on a baking cooler rack to allow both sides to dry fully.

I found the drying time for this air dry clay differed greatly depending on the weather. In warm weather the clay dried quickly but in cold, wet weather it took up to 72 hours to dry.

When your bowls are dry, sand away any rough edges.
You can find the full tutorial over on Gathering Beauty.
Suggested materials:
  • Air dry clay
  • Stamps of your choice
  • Ink
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  • Reba Reba on Apr 24, 2017
    Where do you buy the clay, and what kind is it

  • Sherra Sherra on Jun 02, 2017
    Do you need to glaze them?

  • Beryl McMaster Beryl McMaster on Jan 13, 2020

    I want to make air dry "pocket's" it's when you roll out the clay and fold it over by about a third, will it stick to itself or do I need to do something else with it so that it won't fall apart.

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  • Kay Kay on Jan 25, 2018
    Hi Attaway, you can do this with Fimo, pollymyer, scolpy clay, but this type of clay needs to be baked in an oven. I have worked with both types of clay and find air dried to be the easiest to work with. I made a star center out of pollymyer, for a necklace, and it broke, even though it had been baked in the oven. For this I had to roll it out thinner, whereas, with air dried clay, I coud have left it a little thicker. If you make these bowls, using Filmo ext, You may find it to be @ bit expensive, as you could, need to use more clay depending on the size. This type of clay cost a bit more than air dried to. Hope this makes sence! ps. The only added benifet I find with Filmo type clay is, it dosen't need to be painted. Kay Adelaide Australia 😎

  • Sunny Sunny on Jan 13, 2020

    Absolutely love these!!! A MUST save!!