This is a simple and beautiful nature craft to make for someone special in your life. This pinch pot makes an adorable gift or fun decoration for around your house. They can be used as a pretty jewelry or coin dish! The process is really fun and kids of all ages can give it a try.
We’ve been feeling pretty cooped up lately. The weather has been pretty lousy and we aren’t going anywhere besides a local nature park for hikes. I’m turning to nature crafting to get us through this rough time. It puts a smile on our faces and makes us feel happy to create something beautiful!
Today we made these pretty clay pinch pots with nature and they turned out so beautiful! We’re making them for the people that we miss the most during this crazy time.
Ready to make a few? Here’s what you’ll need..
- Flowers- Try bouquet flowers if they are currently out of season. Or you can buy pressed flowers here! There are many different pressed flower combinations so check out the different options!
- Air dried clay
- Mod Podge– We used matte for this project, but also love the glossy finish!
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Here’s How We Made Them:
You can see how to press flowers here. Remember, you can also use leaves, individual pine needles, or any other piece of nature that will lay flat in clay.
Form your pinch pot.
Start the clay in the shape of a ball, stick your thumbs down the middle and slowly move the clay out to form a pot. We formed more of a dish shaped, but I encourage you to get creative and make whatever shape you would like!
Make sure to smooth out any cracks or large bumps in the clay so they dry nicely. Little cracks can turn into larger cracks during the drying process.
Depending upon the ages of your children, you might need to help them with this step. My four year needed help, but my six year old got the hang of this pretty quickly!
Add the pieces of nature. Have fun with the designs! There is no right or wrong here, just make sure you gently press the pieces of nature into the clay so they lay flat and stay in the clay when the pots are drying. Leo’s little pot makes me smile and I am putting this one in a keepsake bin to remember this special time at home with my boys.
Seal with Mod Podge.
Cover the pinch pot and flowers with Mod Podge. This will keep the pieces of nature sealed in the clay so they won’t budge. It also gives these a nice polished look. The Mod Podge will take a couple of hours to dry, so be patient. I promise the white gluey seal will dry clear:)
Let the pots dry.
Set them off to the side and let them dry for a couple of days. These are fragile, so be careful with them once they are dried!
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.