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How to Make a Clay Pinch Pot Keepsake

by Andrea Martelle
May 8, 2024
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Learn how to make a sweet pinch pot keepsake using air dry clay. Once dried and painted, these make a lovely Mother’s Day gift!

I don’t know about you, but it can be hard to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the special moms and grandmas in your life. You want to give something meaningful that expresses your gratitude for all she does, but you also want the gift to be useful, and not another tchotchke that will clutter up the shelves.

And if you have kids, it’s even better if the gift can be handmade, so they can be part of the process!

Well, luckily for you, we’ve got the perfect combination of meaningful, useful, and handmade! A sweet pinch pot dish, just the right size for holding rings or keys. And every time mom or grandma uses it, she’ll be reminded of how much she means to you!

We made these dishes for our Nana and Grandma. My kids enjoyed pinching the clay to form each little pot and then painting them just the perfect colors.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

How to Make a Clay Pinch Pot Keepsake



  1. Roll the clay

    Start with a small ball of air dry clay, about the size of a golf ball. Roll it in your hands until it is smooth and round.

    ball of clay in hands

  2. Make a hole

    Use your thumb to press a hole into the center of the clay ball. Then, using your thumb and fingers, work your way around the edge of the hole, pinching the sides to form a pot.

    shaping pinch pot

  3. Keep going

    Keep working your thumb and fingers around the pot until it is the size and shape you like. If possible, try to make the sides the same thickness. You can make a cup shape or more of a dish shape. We made some of both!

    hands shaping pinch pot

  4. Smooth the clay

    Dip your fingers into water and smooth the clay until you have no cracks or bumps.

    smoothing pinch pot

  5. Let dry

    Leave your pinch pots on the tray for a couple of days so they can dry completely.

    pinch pots on tray

  6. Decorate!

    Once your pots are dry, you can paint them using acrylic or tempera paint. We found we had to do a couple of coats of the BioColor paint for it to be opaque. You can also decorate your pots with paint markers!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Aren’t these pinch pot dishes so sweet? We can’t wait to gift them on Mother’s Day! And if you’re wondering what else you can do with air dry clay, check out some of our favorite clay projects!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

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