Faux Rainbow Marble Bowl With DIY Air Dry Clay



Introduction: Faux Rainbow Marble Bowl With DIY Air Dry Clay

I've always loved pottery, since my childhood. Once, I've watched the pottery wheel seeming like a magical instrument. On these days, since we all have limited access to supplies, I searched ways to do pottery with fewer supplies and a more amateurish one. I've seen the paper mache, DIY air dry clay, cold porcelain and lots more recipes.

You will prepare your own clay and make a bowl with this instructable, it is a simple recipe and requires no cooking, but remember this clay is not food safe.


  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of school glue/PVA glue
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mineral oil
  • Body lotion
  • 1 big, 1 medium bowls
  • Parchment paper
  • Roller
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (I used soft pastel, but acrylic paint, food coloring, watercolour can be used)
  • Snap-off knife
  • More cornstarch and glue on hand

Step 1: Mix the Ingredients

Mix cornstarch, glue, vinegar, mineral oil and body lotion together in a large mixing bowl till smooth. Start with the ingredient amounts listed, chances are your clay can be a sticky mess or too dry at this point. Do not panic. Mix it firmly for a while. If it is too sticky, slowly add cornstarch bit by bit and mix. If it is too dry like it's crumbling, it can still be survived, add more glue and mineral oil. You'll know when it is ready, it becomes smooth and stretchy as a dough.

Then place parchment paper with a little cornstarch on it. Start kneading the clay. Make sure there is no crumbling, knead for a while.

Step 2: Prepare the Coloured Clays

Split the dough to 9, leave 2 for white and merge them, then separate the other 7 according to the colors of the rainbow. For every piece, take the soft pastel and powder it. Knead the dough until it becomes firmly colored.

*This step can take a while, be sure the dough is not dry by covering it.*

Step 3: Merging and Rolling

Roll each color as a cylinder, then align them. Merge each color into one cylinder and roll it. Be spontaneous, knead it as you like, but be sure that not kneading too much, we just need a marble effect, not a mixing of colors.

When you finish merging, lay the dough on parchment paper. Take the roller and roll-out the clay dough. The final thickness can be 0.7-0.5 cm not too thin, not too thick.

Step 4: Making the Bowl

Take the small bowl and use it as a reference for the bowl you'll make. Place on the rolled clay. Cut it using the snap-off knife. Take the piece and place it on the bowl. Leave it like that to shape the bowl.

Wait for 3 days the bowl being completely dry. Then take the sandpaper and smooth the edges of the bowl you've made.

The rainbow bowl is ready for you to use!! You can use it to store your jewellery.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Fun! I love the way the marbling came out :)


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks :))