Amazing Marbleized Clay Pots


Create a multicolored, decorative clay vase or dish. Fill it with dried flowers, seashells, or other beautiful items. This is a unique, handmade gift to treasure.


1. Find information about different colors of natural clay. You will learn that minerals (or stones) give clay its color. You may have seen porcelain (white clay, often used for fine china) and terra-cotta (red or rust-colored, such as plant pots).

2. Sometimes two or more clay colors are mixed a little to create a marbleized look. Here’s one way to easily create this cool effect! Thoroughly blend Crayola Tempera Paint into a ball of Crayola Air-Dry Clay. Then LIGHTLY mix in a little more plain clay, just until you see streaks. It’s marbleized!

3. On a paper plate, roll a finger-size coil of your marbleized clay. With the rest of it, use your fingers to create a pinch pot vase or bowl. Try to form an interesting shape! Place the pot upside down on a ball of crumpled newspaper. Dampen the bottom of your pot with your finger. Attach your coil to make a base. Air-dry the pot for at least 2 days.

4. What natural objects would look beautiful inside your bowl or vase? Arrange seed pods, paper flowers, stones, or feathers inside, for example. What a wonderful, unique gift!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.


  • Research the environmental and geological factors that contribute to different regional clay colors. What colors of clay are found in your area? If possible, create a display of them with samples, locations, their names, and minerals responsible for the color of each.
  • Explore historical pottery. Relate the clay used in these works to the area and culture in which it was created.
  • Assessment: Observe whether students achieved a marbleized effect by following directions. Did they successfully create a unique clay pot?

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crayola supplies
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • Air-Dry Clay
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • Party Express paper plates
  • paper towels



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour


  • Children find out about the mineral composition and its effect on the color of different clays.

  • Children simulate the varied colors of organic clays to create a marbleized dish suitable for display or as a gift.


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