Introduction: Calla Lily Tea Canister

A spring time project to make your very own Lilies, which can then be added to decorate a canister with.

Materials needed:

Modena Soft air dry clay

Alternatively you could use Hearty Clay

A small cup of water

Wooden skewer or needle tool

Wax paper

Square tin canister (recycled)

White spray paint (I bought this at the dollar store)

E6000 glue

Disposable gloves

Green and yellow acrylic paint


Paint brush

Rolling pin (optional)

Clear acrylic spray

Step 1: Spray Your Tea Canister

In a well ventilated area, spray the tin canister with white spray paint.
This may take several coats. Let dry. Put a piece of wax paper down.

Step 2: Prepare the Clay

To prepare the clay, pinch off five pieces of clay the size of grapes. Set three of these aside.

With plastic gloves on, put a few drops of yellow acrylic paint onto one of the pieces of clay with a Q-tip. Knead the paint into the clay.

Roll the yellow clay into a thin coil. Cut three pieces 1 ½ “ long and roll the end of each into a spear like shape.

Take the needle tool or the end of a paint brush to make textures on the stamen. Set aside and change or wash gloves.

Step 3: Make the Leaves

Take another piece of clay and knead in the green acrylic paint. Roll out a coil and cut in three pieces.

Flatten and shape these into three leaves by making the ends narrower. Set this aside.

Step 4: Make the Petals

Roll the remaining three pieces of clay into three balls. Take the ball of clay and flatten it in the palm of your hand and begin shaping it into a petal.
Slightly moisten the yellow stamen and place it in the center of the white petal and roll it up.

Step 5: Join the 3 Lilies

Make three of these lilies and arrange them in a trio. You may need to pinch off the stem of the lily as you thin it out. Use a little water to adhere them together.

Step 6: Add the Leaves

Add three green leaves to your lily.
Set aside and let dry.

Step 7: Adhere the Lily to the Canister

Using E6000 glue, glue the lily onto the side of the tin canister. Make sure to lay the canister on its side to make sure the lily doesn’t slide off.

Let dry.

Spray the lily with clear acrylic spray to seal the clay. Try to spray only the lily. Let dry.

Fill your tea canister with tea bags to use to relax and watch the flowers bloom.

Designed by Karen Lowrey for ACTIVA Products