Make It: Clay Paint Splatter Incense Holder

DIY clay incense holder

One of my favourite things about the autumn months is coming home at night and snuggling by the heater under warm blankets with candles or incense burning in the background. The heavenly scents help me to unwind after a long day at work, and incense holders are so easy to make that there's no excuse not to have a stick or two burning away while you cozy up and get stuck into that good book. Click through to learn how to make your own! 



  • White air dry clay
  • Small soy sauce bowl
  • Scalpel
  • Rolling pin or jar
  • Skewer
  • E6000 or super glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • High gloss varnish 
Clay incense holder - materials

Step 1

Roll your clay out until it's around 5mm (0.2 inches) thick.

Clay incense holder - rolling clay

Step 2

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Place a small bowl face down on the clay and using a scalpel, cut around it to create a clay circle. Then place the circle into your bowl, pressing down lightly to mould it into a bowl shape.

Clay incense holder - cutting out clay circle
Clay incense holder - shaping bowl

Step 3

Use a scalpel to neaten the edges of your clay bowl and then dip your fingers in a bit of water and smooth out the surface so it's free of cracks and ditches.

Clay incense holder - neatening edges
Clay incense holder - smoothing surface

Step 4

Leave your bowl to air dry according to the clay manufacturer's instructions. While you're waiting for that to happen, roll some of your leftover clay into a small ball. 

Use a skewer to poke a hole in the top of the ball. Get one of your incense sticks and make sure it fits in the hole you created. Then leave the clay ball to air dry.

Clay incense holder - rolling small ball
Clay incense holder - skewering

Step 5

Once your clay bowl and ball have both air dried, use strong craft glue (like E6000) or super glue to affix the ball to the bowl. 

Clay incense holder - gluing ball to bowl
Clay incense holder - gluing ball to bowl

Step 6

Dip a paintbrush in black acrylic paint and start splattering your incense holder by flinging downwards with your brush over the clay. I didn't want my splatter drops to be too big, so I didn't put too much paint on my brush and I tried to splatter from up high so the drops were smaller. This gets messy so its best to do this outdoors or somewhere where you don't mind getting paint everywhere!

DIY clay incense holder - paint splattering

Step 7

Once the paint has dried, give your incense holder a couple of coats of varnish to protect the paint work and give it a gloss shine.

DIY clay incense holder_varnishing
DIY clay incense holder
DIY clay incense holder
DIY clay incense holder

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