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How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

This year, I am really leaning toward simple and minimal Christmas decor. I purposely went through our boxes and boxes of decorations and intentionally brought out a few select pieces we loved and had a purpose for. Our home has glimpses of Christmas in every room, without the overhaul. Likewise, when it comes to Christmas ornaments I want something that's neat and fresh. It's not always easy to find, which is why these modern mountain clay ornaments are the perfect solution! They take no time at all and are certainly fun to make.

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Make This: DIY Palo Santo Holder

by M.E. Gray

Palo santo holder

As winter approaches, so does more required time indoors. All that time inside makes my home feel stuffy, cramped, and stale. In essence, my house feels like it's full of bad energy. I recently discovered palo santo, and I'm really enjoying the way it seems to cleanse the spaces around me, and even purify my own energies. Keep reading to find out more about this holy wood, and how to make a minimal palo santo holder.          
 

What is Palo Santo? 

If you're unfamiliar with palo santo (which, until recently, I was too!), it's a type of wood originating from Central and South America. Burning this wood is believed to promote healing because of its anti-bacterial properties. It's commonly burned in a ritual setting in order to purge bad energies, however, it also smells amazing. The scent is woody but fresh, and it's a great alternative if you don't care for the richer smells of incense. 

Where Can I Buy Palo Santo?

I picked up my pack of palo santo from a local plant shop, and I have also seen it for sale at some natural food stores and cooperatives. You can also buy palo santo on Amazon, at CB2, and  off of Etsy.

How to Make a Palo Santo Holder

Okay, you have your palo santo, now where to burn it? You want to set it in a non-flammable vessel like a dish or shallow bowl, as it will produce hot ash. Or, you can go one step further and make a simple palo santo holder like this one:

Materials

Materials

 

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Step 1 | Palo santo holder

Roll a ball of air-dry clay to about 1/4 inch thickness. Ultimately, you'll want a rectangular shape, three or four times the size of a piece of palo santo. 

How to make a palo santo holder from air-dry clay

Once you've rolled your clay into an even slab, cut out a rectangular shape using a craft knife or kitchen knife. Don't worry if the edges are jagged - we'll clean them up later.

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Step 2 | Palo santo holder

Cut a small piece of wire, about 4-5 inches long. Twist the bottom of the wire in a circle to create a stand, with the end of the wire sticking straight up.

Step 2 | How to make a palo santo stand

Press the circular end of the wire into the slab of clay, towards one end of the slab. Press it in until the base almost reaches the bottom, but doesn't show through. Next, use a little clay to cover the base of the wire. Smooth out with your fingers. 

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Step 3 | Palo santo holder

Clean up the clay with water. Use a dab of water on your fingertips to smooth over any rough edges. Then, bend the edges of the slab upward into a U-shape. 

Leave the clay in a dry or sunny spot to dry for 24 hours, or overnight.

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Step 4 | Palo santo holder

Once the clay is completely dry, you can do any final smoothing with a bit of fine-grit sandpaper. Be gentle as you sand, and don't apply any uneven pressure to the palo santo holder - you don't want it to crack!

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Step 5 | Palo santo holder

Use a bit of gold paint to decorate the edges of the palo santo holder. Let the paint dry completely, and your palo santo holder is ready!

Use the wire to wrap around the end of a stick of palo santo, and burn away.

DIY Holy Wood Holder made from air-dry clay


How Do I Burn Palo Santo? 

To light and burn a stick of palo santo, you'll need a constant flame, like a candle or a lighter. Hold a flame under one end of the palo santo stick, and allow it to catch on fire. Let it burn for 30 seconds to a minute, then extinguish it by blowing it out. It should continue to produce smoke long after the flame has gone out. 

Palo santo holder

Palo santo burner

DIY palo santo holder from air-dry clay and wire
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I am really enjoying the scent of this wood. Sometimes candles and incense can be overly aromatic for my tastes, but palo santo produces a clean, light smell unlike any other. And it's going to be a great way to purify my stuffy home in the dead of winter. 

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Make This: DIY Incense Holder, Plus the Lowdown on Aromatherapy

DIY clay incense holder

One of my favorite 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 DIY incense holder, and head to the bottom of the post for more information about the benefits of incense!       

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Make This: Easy Wall-Mounted Air Plant Holder

by M.E. Gray

Make This!: Wall-mounted air plant holder

One of the things I love about air plants - also known as tillandsia - is that they can be displayed in virtually unlimited ways. With soil out of the picture, an air plant can live in any container, on any ledge, in any opening, on any surface; they are one of the most versatile plants in terms of home decor. Which, for someone like me who loves crafting things, is the gift that keeps on giving. Looking to fill a bit of wall space, this wall-mounted air plant holder does the trick. Keep reading to see how easy it was to make!           

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Make A Statement: DIY Clay Pendant Tassel Necklace

by Faith Provencher
DIY Clay Pendant Tassel Necklace
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Every now and then we like to share a necklace tutorial over here at Curbly... and today is one of those days! This is no ordinary necklace tutorial though - this clay pendant tassel necklace is a bold, in-your-face statement piece that will surely garner compliments over and over again. And it's really quite easy to make! So let's get started.    

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Make a Clay Mountain Photo Holder to Display your Favorite Photos

by Holly Wade

Make a Clay Mountain Photo Holder to Display your Favorite Photos

Air dry clay is such a fun, versatile craft supply. You can use it to make just about anything and paint it whatever colors you want once it's dry. Plus, since you don't have to bake it, I think it's great for dorm DIY projects! It's dorm decor season, and this simple clay mountain photo holder is the perfect way to display your favorite photos in your dorm or in your home. 

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DIY This: Planetary Mobile for a Minimal Nursery

by M.E. Gray

Minimal Nursery decor: Make this planetary mobile

As nursery trends change, the traditional pinks and blues are slowly being pushed out in favor of current, updated looks. Parents are experimenting more and more with bolder hues, playful patterns, or simply less of it all. It's easy to see why the minimal nursery look is gaining in popularity. There are fewer elements to worry about, there aren't any color-related gender-indicators (which makes styling ahead of time a breeze), and the color palette is almost non-existent. If you're looking to decorate a minimal nursery or want to give a gift to a no-fuss parent-to-be, you can craft this sweet planetary mobile quickly and easily.            

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Upgrade Furniture with Bold DIY Faceted Handles

by Holly Wade

DIY Clay Faceted Drawer Handles

I don't know about you, but I can't afford expensive furniture. I've grown accustomed to cheaper options like IKEA and Target, where I've found pieces that I absolutely love with one problem - the hardware is very plain. After my latest furniture purchase of a new media unit with two cabinet doors, I decided to upgrade the hardware myself and make DIY faceted handles out of clay. 

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How To: DIY Hanging Clay Planter

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Hanging Clay Planter

Plants are everywhere these day it seems- don't you think? Just browse Pinterest and before long, you will see the influx of images where plants are the star of the show. Bringing plants into the home, big or small, are a sure way to add warmth and interest into any space. And this simple DIY Hanging Clay Planter is a fun option for displaying small plants! 

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Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home

by Lexy Ward
Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home

Clay! Who doesn't love it? The air-dry stuff is so easy to work with and dries a beautiful white. It's just begging to be manipulated into something great! Here are 15 of my favorite projects for the home and they're all made with clay! Those marbled dishes? They're calling to me!      

 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Urban Comfort

Leaf bowls via Urban Comfort 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Paper & Stitch

Hanging pots via Paper & Stitch (the editor is Curbly writer Brittni!

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Fellow Fellow for Say Yes

Can't forget these clay houses for plants via Say Yes 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Curbly

Gold-dipped bowls via Curbly 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Gathering Beauty

Faceted tealights via Gathering Beauty 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

Gold knobs via Delineate Your Dwelling 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Damask Love

Stamped succulent pots via Damask Love 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: A Beautiful Mess

Hanging planters via A Beautiful Mess 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: The Lovely Drawer

Painted coasters via The Lovely Drawer 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Studio DIY

Emoji trinket dishes via Studio DIY 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

Colorful clay animal heads via Delineate Your Dwelling 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Sugar & Cloth

DIY cat trinket dish via Sugar & Cloth 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: A Beautiful Mess

Marbled clay dish via A Beautiful Mess 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Makery

Clay-wrapped pots via Makery 

Crazy For Clay: 15 Awesome DIY Projects For The Home
photo: Design*Sponge

Clay platter via Design*Sponge 

What do you think? Did any of these make your "must-make" list?

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