Sep 9 2015
DIY Air Dry
Clay Platters
Post by melissa fenlon

Make these simple air dry clay platters out of air dry clay. Full tutorial on aliceandlois.comI’ve got a thing for white dishes. I’ve also got a thing for air dry clay. It’s amazing what you can make with air dry clay. I’ve made jewelry dishes, little bunny bowls to name a few. It’s so easy to work with. Recently I made these platters and am so pleased with how they turned out. I stepped up my hor d’oeuvres game with these. They look so pretty with cheese, bread and fruit on them. They also look great leaning up against a kitchen shelf or backsplash, or hang them from their little leather handles.

Read more for the full tutorial.

Make these simple air dry clay platters. Read more for the full tutorial.Supplies: Air Dry Clay / rolling pin / exacto or small kitchen knife / pencil / sponge / bowl of water / varnish / leather shoestring

Make these DIY air dry clay platters. Read more for the full tutorial.

Instructions:

1. Roll out your slab of clay on parchment paper on a hard surface. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick.

2. Draw out your desired shape onto the clay with a pencil or end of a paintbrush.

3. Cut out your shape with a small kitchen knife or exacto knife.

4. Smooth edges with your finger. Dip your finger in water and rub on edges to smooth out.

5. Draw small circle as your handle and cut out with knife. Smooth out again using same technique as above. Let dry (1-2 days). I like to dry mine with a cookie sheet on top so that they stay flat.

6. Once dry, use a wet sponge to smooth out any rough edges.

7. Sponge paint the varnish on it in light strokes. My friend Fran (an air dry clay master) from Fall for DIY suggests doing three light coats of the food-safe varnish.

8. Cut your leather shoestring and pull through the handle and tie a knot.

Tips for using your food safe platter. This varnish makes the platter food safe, however, it is not indestructible. Please do not cut on the platter. I suggest still putting down little pieces of parchment paper under the food. To wash, simply sponge off with soap and water, do not submerge it.

Make these modern DIY air dry clay platters for your next dinner party. Read more for the full tutorial.

Make these modern DIY air dry clay platters for your next dinner party. Read more for the full tutorial.

Make these modern DIY air dry clay platters for your next dinner party. Read more for the full tutorial.

photos by Melissa Fenlon. all rights reserved.

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    6 Comments

  • MichelleOctober 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    These look fantastic! I love the look with some munchies on them. Looks like you can also etch in them for a little bit of subtle pattern.

  • Bunny whiteNovember 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Excellent! Simple, clean, functional, and pretty. I’m glad to know they are food safe, that the varish is easy to get On amazon, and it’s not too expensive.

  • MiyukiJanuary 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    They look great, but how do you keep them flat when drying? I tried this, but just had big issues with warping.

    • melissa fenlonJanuary 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      I dry mine with cookie sheets on top. Once they start to harden, move the platters to a cookie drying rack, then put the cookie sheets on top for the remainder of the drying time.