As the nights get longer and the weather turns, I look for ways to keep the hygge vibe alive inside! Other than lighting candles, I like to burn incense. Certain types of incense—my favorites being Sandalwood and Frankincense—help a girl chill out at the end of the day and add a lovely fragrance to your space. This oven-bake clay incense holder is an easy way to keep even your smallest home accessories looking good as they sit out on your desktop!
To be honest, the terrazzo element was a happy accident, but now I think they completely make this project! Grab a few coordinating colors that work well in most rooms in your home or just go with black and white. Or maybe just make one for each room? These have a lovely minimalist shape that make them easy to stack and store when not in use or to give to a friend as a housewarming present with your favorite type of incense. Check out how easy these are to make below. Supplies:
2 small packages of colored, oven-bake clay for base color
1 small package of colored, oven-bake clay for color specks
oven-safe cylinder such as mason jar or aluminum can
Break your clay up in smaller pieces and roll them into small balls to soften them. Then combine them all and roll your clay into a 1″ cylinder. Place it onto a piece of parchment paper.
Use your rolling pin to flatten your cylinder enough that it’s about 1″ wide and 1/2″ or more thick. The length is up to you. Break off very small crumbs of clay from your second color and sprinkle them on to the top of your base.
Roll your rolling pin from one end to the other gently once to press everything together, then roll back and forth over your clay until things are a little thicker than 1/4″. Use your clay cutter to cut off the edges in order to get a rectangular shape. Use something tubular like a piece of copper pipe or a plastic straw to press down into the center of the clay. Twist it in a clockwise and counter-clockwise motion to separate the clay and then gently remove it. Place a piece of parchment paper around a large oven sage cylinder, such as a glass jar or aluminum can, so that it completely covers the cylinder. Then gently remove your rectangle from the parchment paper it is on and transfer it to the parchment paper on the glass jar. This is going to give it some shape while it bakes. Place another piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheet and then place two small pieces of clay under your glass jar to stabilize it. Put the jar and clay feet (which will be thrown out later) onto the parchment covered cookie sheet and place in the center of your oven. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions.
Add your favorite scent and enjoy a more beautiful moment of zen. Enjoy! – Rachel
Credits//Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.