Easy Incense Holders




Introduction: Easy Incense Holders

About: I like to make things.

Incense gets a bad rap for being too hippie but I love it – especially this sage version. Up until this weekend, I was burning my incense in an old Altoids case so it was about time for an upgrade.

I made these holders from air-dry clay which I then painted and varnished. It takes a few days for the clay to dry, but it's an overall fast and fun process. Plus, it's pretty awesome to make something out of clay without having to use a kiln or even an oven!

Supplies: paper clay, arcylic paint, varnish, paint brushes

Step 1: Mold Clay Into Desired Shape

Break off a small chunk of your air-dry clay - I used a knife but you can just use your fingers too. Roll the piece into a 1-inch ball and mold it into your desired shape. Pierce a hole at the top with an incense stick so that the stick can stand without tipping over.

Step 2: Drying Time!

Let your holders dry for 1-3 days depending on their thickness. I turned mine over on the second day so that the bottoms dried quicker.

Step 3: Paint Your Holders

Once dry, paint your holders, then let them dry (about 15 minutes if your layer of paint isn't too thick) and cover with 1-2 coats of varnish using a large synthetic brush.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Place your holder onto a dish (or even a seashell), light your incense and enjoy!

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    5 years ago

    cool I love the idea and have you thought of making a horizontal plate style???


    Reply 5 years ago

    That would be a great style as well! Definitely share something here if you go for it :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hello Anna.

    Reading your instructable was a pleasure (although I'm just a reader and my excitation quickly dies). I like the ideas which look simple, but prove to be useful -- and I found yours of this kind.

    However, I found some expression in your description disturbing. I had to use a dictionary to learn the meaning. I didn't know what 'bad rap' stood for, so I learnt that it means 'any unjustified condemnation' (correct me if I'm wrong). I'm writing to you, because I simply haven't heard of this 'bad rap' and I like so much having an incense stick lit. It changes the world around me in a split of a second. Just after a while I feel like being in a completely different place (I usually don't know what this place is, but I like it a lot :) ).

    I don't know sage incense at all, but I recommend cinnamon and clove sticks. The latter is amazing (perhaps you know that). Usually I light my incense in the evening (or at night, just before falling asleep), placing the holder just next to my bed. I also burn it when I meditate, and sometimes simply sitting at my desk.

    Thank you Anna again for your instructable. I wish you many pleasant moments being blanketed in smoke :)



    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Sebastian - Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I also love those moments of serenity that incense brings :) I will definitely check out the cinnamon and clove sticks you mentioned. And if you do get a chance to make this project, please do share the photos!


    7 years ago

    I love these cute little incense holders! My house plants Thank You, as I have been using Them to hold mine,lol.
    P.S. My fave is Nag Champa


    Reply 7 years ago

    Haha Nag Champa is awesome too! Hope you have fun making these :)