Clay Advent Spiral

 An advent spiral is a wonderful way to count down to Christmas. You may choose to do 24 places and a candle in place for the 25th day, to light for Christmas or perhaps a candle space for each Sunday counting down. You can use any objects you like to place your marks - we chose gemstones.

Please be careful if you have young children,tumbled gemstones are not recommended for under 3yrs  as they are a choking hazard. Always use supervised.

Gather

  • Air dry clay
  • Paint (optional - I used green and gold), brush and sponge
  • Tumbled crystals
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking paper
  • Grimms candle holder or similar
  • Beeswax candle or similar
  • Water
  • Varnish to seal (optional)

 

 

Method

Roll your air dry clay inbetween your hands evenly until you have a long piece of clay.

Next lay down your clay on a sheet of baking paper, carefully around in a spiral.

Lay another sheet of baking paper on top of your clay and gently roll it to flattern a little. Keep it thick enough to be sturdy and allow the grooves. If you have a rolling pin that the clay won't stick to, you won't need the second sheet of baking paper.

Next grab a tumbled crystal and push down gently into the clay while turning the crystal, to create a smooth groove. Repeat this 24 times leaving a gap inbetween each one. In the center push your candle holder in gently and remove.

Dip your finger in a little water and smooth out your spiral where needed.

Put the clay spiral in a warm spot to dry.

Once your spiral is dry you can paint it if you wish with your chosen colours. I painted mine a dark green and used a sponge to lightly add gold painted 'glitter' along the edges and flat surfaces of the top, to give it some Australian Christmas vibes.

If you choose to paint your spiral, I recommend sealing it for protection.