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This Gorgeous Clay Incense and Match Holder Are So Easy to Make


Finding it hard to relax at home? Try burning incense the next time you’re feeling stressed. Incense has historically been used for spiritual and religious practices. Nowadays, more people opt for incense for its aromatherapy purposes or just as a way to make their homes smell amazing. Instead of buying a generic store-bought incense holder, create a personalized DIY clay incense holder by following these simple steps.



  • Two colours of oven-bake clay
  • Ruler or paint stir stick
  • Exacto knife
  • Matchstick
  • Aluminum foil
  • Matches
  • Incense stick

Wavy purple incense holder with an incense stick
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Clay Incense Holder Instructions:

Step One: Roll out your solid colour clay. Use a glass candle or an empty glass bottle to do so — just avoid using a rolling pin that touches food.

Step Two: Trim the flattened clay out so that it’s about 1.5 inches wide x 6 inches to 8 inches in length.

Step Three: Roll up three pieces of aluminum foil and place them under the clay to create the waves.

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Step Four: Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 275°F.

Step Five: Add your incense stick, light and enjoy.

A purple and white match stick holder filled with matches
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Clay Matchstick Holder Instructions:

Step One: Mix white clay with your accent colour clay. The ratio of white clay to coloured clay should be about 2:1

Step Two: Twist the two colours together to create a marbled look.

Step Three: Roll out the clay until it is about a quarter-inch thick.

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Step Four: Cut five equal pieces about 3-inches long.

A person holding a match in front of a purple clay block
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Step Five: Connect them together to make rings.

Step Six: Stack them on top of each other — if they’re not sticking, make indents using the Exacto knife to help them stick together.


Step Seven: Flatten out a small piece of clay to create the bottom of the holder and attach.

Step Eight: Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 275°F.

Step Nine: Fill with matches.

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Photos and video courtesy of The Craft Aisle. 

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