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Air-dry Clay Bud Vases

We show you how to make your own waterproof Bud Vases with air-dry clay. It's so easy and air-dry clay doesn't need to be fired in a kiln.

You are limited when using air-dry clay, because it isn't waterproof. This project shows how you can easily make a waterproof bud vase - with a clever little trick!


Air-dry clay (Das or Jovi)

Egg, large, clean and blown

Dremel MultiTool and large engraving bit


Alcolin AquaMend epoxy putty

Cutting board


Rolling pin

Bowl of water

Sharpie pen

Craft knife

Rust-Oleum polyurethane spray - or ModPodge

Buy all the tools and supplies for this project at Builders Warehouse.


1. Before you start, shake the egg well.

2. Use a Dremel MultiTool and engraving bit to make a hole in the top and bottom of your egg.

3. Wiggle a toothpick inside so that the contents run out easily. Rinse out the egg under running water until clean and let dry.

4. Because we want a waterproof vase, you need to cover the bottom hole.

5. Knead a small amount of AquaMend and apply this over the hole. It will set hard in about 30 minutes.

6. Cover the cutting board with clingwrap to prevent the clay from sticking and roll out a piece of clay with a rolling pin. It should be big enough to cover the entire egg.

7. Wrap the clay around your egg, removing excess clay as you work. Make sure there is no air trapped at the bottom, but leave the top open.

GOOD TO KNOW: Keep your hands wet as you mould the clay around the egg and smooth the joins.

8. Use a craft knife to cut away excess clay at the top.

9. Once dry, lightly sand the clay for a smooth finish.

10. Use the Dremel engraving bit to gently remove the top of the shell. 

11. Sand around the opening, being careful not to damage the egg shell on the inside.


12. Draw your design onto the surface with a Sharpie pen. 

GOOD TO KNOW: Hold the vase at the top and bottom to prevent smudging the design.

13. To protect the outside, lightly spray with Rust-Oleum polyurethane spray. If you applied to much it could make the design run, so only apply light coats and let each coat dry before applying the second or third coat.



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