Coil pots are a simple, traditional craft that I remember making at school. Recently I bought a large packet of air-drying clay and we made a decorative clay leaf mobile from it but there was still plenty left over, so I decided to show Miss K (age 4) how to make a coil pot. They are really very easy, and she was able to make one all by herself. Here is how we made them.
You will need:
• Air drying clay
• Rolling pin and something round to cut out the base shape from
• Acrylic paint and brushes
• Sealer (we used a decoupage paper sealer)
Roll out a piece of clay to about 7mm in thickness. Punch a circle out with a wide-rimmed glass or something similar. Then you need to roll out a long clay coil, and wind it around and around the top of the base. Keep making coils, and winding them around until your pot is a high as you’d like. Once you’re happy with the height, smooth out the coils and make sure they are all pressed down firmly into a nice little pot shape. You can use a blunt kitchen knife to help with this part if you like.
The finished pot should look something like this. Leave it on a shelf to dry for a week or more, until it has completely dried out.
Then it’s time to paint the pots. General kids water-based acrylic paints are fine for this job. We painted ours rainbow colours, but decided they needed a little something more, so once the rainbow colours had dried we added some patterns.
We left the pots to dry in the sun and then painted them with a water based sealer. By this stage Miss K was a bit over it, so I did the sealing part by myself.
The finished pots are bright and cheerful, and would make a sweet kid-made gift for somebody special.
For lots more easy crafts visit my Easy Crafts board on Pinterest, or pin this idea for later.