WARNING: UFO SIGHTING – Oh, wait no, it’s just this new DIY Incense Cone Burner. Guys, if I were an alien, I’d want to build my spaceship out of terracotta. I’m in love with clay again, you see 💚
I got some amazing Tiare flower incense cones the other day. And then I realized I’ve not burned cones in years and don’t even have a cone burner anymore! Making one instantly jumped up the top of my DIY to-do list.
This DIY Incense Cone Burner is crafted from natural air-dry clay and was super easy to make. You could make a smaller version – I shaped it large enough to burn incense cones and other things like palo santo or sage. Honestly, every time I step outside or watch the news these days I feel like burning sage…
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Step 1: Create the incense burner base and lid
First, roll out a lump of air-dry clay until about 1/4″ thick (5mm). Next, use an upturned bowl or a small plate to cut a disk into the clay with a sharp knife.
Place the clay disk on a round bowl to dry. Repeat the steps to create a second disk and leave it to dry on another bowl.
Step 2: Attach the legs to the base
Roll out a small lump of clay and shape 3 small legs for the burner base. To give the legs a tapered look, roll your piece of clay with more pressure on one end.
Next, cut a bamboo skewer into short pieces and insert them into your legs. This will reinforce the legs so that they’re tiny but mighty!
Score the top of the legs and add a few drops of water before you press them into the bottom of the bowl. Use a clay tool or a bamboo skewer to score the joint between the legs and the bowl. This will help ensure proper adhesion of the legs.
Tip: if you’re unsure where to place the legs, draw a triangle with 3″ (8cm) sides on a piece of paper. Cut it out and place it centered on the bottom of the clay bowl. Press your legs in at each point of your paper triangle.
Step 3: Create holes in the lid
Finally, use the cap of a whiteboard marker to create a large hole in the second clay bowl. Create 8 smaller holes around the central hole. These will be the burner chimney holes to let the incense smoke escape.
Leave your clay to dry. Once it has hardened a little, gently remove the clay shapes from the bowl and let them dry fully for about a day.
Step 4: Sand & paint the burner
Once the clay has dried, use sandpaper to smooth the edges of the DIY Incense Cone Burner. Sand down until you’re happy with the way the pieces fit together.
Finally, give the outside of the burner a few coats of paint. I was all set on a Celadon paint and then changed my mind. I’m having a serious terracotta moment 😬
And voila! Place your incense cone on the burner, light it and proceed to walk through the whole house solemnly. Surely I’m not the only one who does that every time they light incense?