Quality-crafted incense really has a way to calm you down. There’s a good reason they are used in most religions during prayer and meditation. There was often incense burning in my house when I was a kid and I remember loving watching the plumes of smoke delicately flying off. I see now why it’s great for meditation! If you love to burn incense, try this japandi-inspired DIY Incense Burner made with natural materials. It’s actually one of the easiest and quickest DIY projects I’ve ever shared, scroll down to find out how to make it!
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For this DIY Incense Burner, you’ll need…
Step 1: Make the base
To start, break off some clay and roll it out. Aim for a thickness of around 1/4 inch (5 or 6mm). You can try using guides to maintain an even thickness by putting 2 thin notebooks on each side of the ball of clay. The rolling pin will roll on top of the notebooks and your clay will even out nicely!
When you’ve reached the right thickness, cut out a 10cm (4″) circle in the clay. If you don’t have a large cookie cutter, just use a glass or a small bowl and cut around it with a knife. Pat the borders lightly to make them smooth since they are likely to be quite sharp. You want them smooth like the rim of a ceramic bowl.
Step 2: Drying & Shaping
Let your clay dry for about a day on top of a bowl. This will give the shape a slight curve. I haven’t included this drying time in the total time for this DIY, because I’m sure you have better things to do than watch clay dry!
Fast forward a day: the bottom plate of your DIY incense burner has dried by now. You will need to sand it lightly, especially around the rim to make it smooth and remove irregularities. Don’t worry too much, a light sanding will do. It’s handmade, so it shouldn’t be perfect!
Step 3: Glue the wooden beads
To finish the incense burner, take 2 large wooden beads. Mine are about 1 inch (2.5cm). Eyeball your beads and if all else fails, just grab the biggest you have. As long as an incense stick can fit in and hold up by itself, it’s fine.
Apply some wood glue to one bead, around the hole, being careful not to drop glue in as this will obstruct the bead when you try to put your incense stick in there! Stack the 2 beads and let them dry for a few minutes. Make sure the beads are aligned, the incense stick will go through both beads so the holes should be perfectly on top of each other.
Finally, to assemble the incense burner, apply a few drops of hot glue to the bottom bead and press it in the center of the clay plate.
You could paint the incense burner but I think it looks great when you let the natural material show. Clay and wood go together like peanut butter and chocolate!