Clay Leaf Dish

Clay Leaf Dish

Clay Leaf Dish

Bring your love of nature indoors! Create these clay leaf dishes to be used as a coffee table centerpiece or as a jewelry dish. Use real leaves and tropical leaf paper templates to create an assortment of dish styles. 


  • Air Dry Clay
  • Fresh Leaves
  • Rolling Pin
  • Dental Floss
  • Craft Knife or Other Cutting Tool
  • Bowl
  • Waxed Paper
  • Watercolors 
  • Small Glass of Water
  • Brush
  • Glossy Modge Podge

Step 1: Gather green leaves from your favorite trees. Place the leaves under a couple of heavy books to flatten them. 

Step 2: Wrap a piece of dental floss around your fingers and use it to cut into a block of airdry clay. Cut off a piece of clay about the size of a baseball. 

Step 3: Roll a half-inch thick slab of clay onto a piece of waxed paper. Lay your leaf onto the clay with the veins facing down. Roll the rolling pin over the leaf to imprint the veins onto the clay surface. 

Step 4: Using the craft knife, trace the edge of the leaf and cut away the excess clay.

Step 5: Cup the clay leaf in your hand and form a bowl shape by curling the edges upwards. Or, place it onto the curve of a bowl to shape it. 

Step 6: Let the clay dry completely.

Step 7: Paint the dried clay leaf with craft paint or watercolors. After the paint is dry, spray the clay leaf with a clear varnish or Modge Podge.

Ideas to take your clay leaf dish to the next level:

  • Pop out the dish’s edges by painting them with metallic acrylic paint.
  • Fill your leaf dish with fall goodies like mini pumpkins, acorns, chestnuts, pinecones, and a battery-operated candle to become a stunning table centerpiece.

Please note that this leaf dish is not food safe and cannot be submerged in water.

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