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Leaf Clay Dish

Fall is the perfect time to do crafts with leaves and nature. This leaf clay dish is one older kids can make. It would make a beautiful gift they can personalize for a birthday or Christmas. It’s a gorgeous piece that can be used as a ring dish or simply to hold items like keys and coins. You can even turn it into a leaf bowl by using different leaves!

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Leaf Clay Dishes

If you love crafts with nature, be sure to see our post on painting with pinecones and how to make leaf potato stamps.

Supplies Needed to Make a Leaf Clay Dish

Supplies for Clay Leaf Dish

 

  • Air Dry Clay
  • Leaves – we used the leaves from a hydrangea plant. Use hydrangea leaves or preferably one similar as a maple leaf does not fold up as nicely to form a dish
    • Note: If you would like to make a leaf bowl instead, a maple leaf would work perfectly for this
  • Acrylic paint – we used rose gold, gold and bronze
  • Sealer – mod podge gloss
  • Knife

Aren’t these clay dishes just so pretty? We are seriously in love with not only the final look, but the paint colors! We made painted these leaf dishes a bit more formal than kids would probably want to make, but older kids may like these colors. You can use any color you’d like! These would also look great in a bright red, orange or yellow too for Fall.

Leaf Clay Ideas for Kids

How to Make a DIY Clay Dish

1. First gather your leaves. We used hydrangea leaves which is recommended for their shape. We did try a maple leaf and due to the shape of the leaf, it did not roll up well (feel free to try different leaf shapes as it is easy to roll out and start over if you do not like the way it looks).

Note – if you want to make a leaf bowl then using a maple leaf would be fine.

2. Cut out a piece of your air dry clay. Roll it out and then stamp your leaf onto it. Press firmly and make sure to press on all parts of the leaf to get a complete imprint.

Press Leaf for Clay Dishes

3. Take off your leaf and cut around the outline of the leaf with a knife (have adults do this part).

Clay Leaf Dish Craft

4. Now remove the excess air dry clay from around your imprint.

Cut out Leaf from Clay

5. Gently start to roll up sections of your clay. There is no specific pattern required, just leave a bit of space in between the rolls. Leave the tip of the leaf intact. If any portions of the clay are not smooth, dip a sponge in a bit of water and use it to smooth out portions of the clay.

Note: If you’d like to make a leaf bowl instead, place your leaf inside a small bowl to shape the clay into a bowl shape.

Leaf Printed Clay Dishes

6.  Allow the clay to air dry and harden. Preferably on a cookie drying rack so that the bottom gets exposed to air as well. After 24 hours, check if the top of the clay is hardened. If it is, flip it over to allow the bottom to air dry. If not, let it dry for another 24 hours and then flip it the next day if needed.

Air Dry Clay Leaf Clay Dishes

7. Once your clay dishes are dry and hardened, you can now paint them! We did 2 coats but if you really want to ensure coverage for gold, it may require 3 coats. Darker colors would be fine with 2 coats, while lighter colors like gold and yellow may need 3.

Painted Leaf Clay Dishes

8. Seal them with mod podge gloss or a more heavy duty sealer if desired.

Note: If you would like to use these leaf clay dishes as soap dishes, you will need to use a heavy duty waterproof sealer.

Leaf Clay Dish Clay Ideas

Now you can enjoy these beautiful keepsakes for years to come!

Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started! 

More Fall Crafts for Kids

Get a free leaf template to create these beautiful leaf silhouettes – this is an easy craft for kids of all ages!

Yarn Art Silhouette Craft

For more fun fall crafts, check out our fall potato stamping quick and easy tutorial for making potato stamps!

How to Make a Potato Stamp - Potato Stamping

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Leaf Clay Dishes Craft for Kids

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16 comments on “Leaf Clay Dish”

  1. How many leaf prints would one package of that clay make? I have 15 adults that will be doing this craft and wondering how many packages of clay I would need for 15 leaf molds. Thanks!!

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      That really depends on the size of your package and the leaf sizes you choose. If you need to make a lot, get the largest air dry clay package you can. You might be able to do 4-5 per package.

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      No brand specifically but we link to the type of clay we used above.

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      It needs to be a sealer that is waterproof. If you head to Michaels they should have a few options there. 🙂

  2. Is the dish with mod podge safe for candy? I wanted to make s candy dish with my niece.

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Yes definitely! Just make sure to wash and read the instructions of the mod podge before using with food.

      1. Have you tried this with salt dough?? I think I’m gonna give that a go before buying any clay

      2. These are beautiful and very easy to . I have placed them “standing” next to picture frames, in a lantern and nestled in a basket with mini faux pumpkins. They could also be  a great a ring dish by the sink or to hold items such as spare change, paper clips, hair accessories. Thank you, Kim for a wonderful idea!

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