Terrazzo Style Clay Incense Holder 

As the nights get longer and the weather turns, I look for ways to keep the hygge vibe alive inside! Other than lighting candles, I like to burn incense. Certain types of incense—my favorites being Sandalwood and Frankincense—help a girl chill out at the end of the day and add a lovely fragrance to your space. This oven-bake clay incense holder is an easy way to keep even your smallest home accessories looking good as they sit out on your desktop!

To be honest, the terrazzo element was a happy accident, but now I think they completely make this project! Grab a few coordinating colors that work well in most rooms in your home or just go with black and white. Or maybe just make one for each room? These have a lovely minimalist shape that make them easy to stack and store when not in use or to give to a friend as a housewarming present with your favorite type of incense. Check out how easy these are to make below. Supplies:
acrylic roller
clay cutter
2 small packages of colored, oven-bake clay for base color
1 small package of colored, oven-bake clay for color specks
parchment paper
plastic straw
oven-safe cylinder such as mason jar or aluminum can

Break your clay up in smaller pieces and roll them into small balls to soften them. Then combine them all and roll your clay into a 1″ cylinder. Place it onto a piece of parchment paper.

Use your rolling pin to flatten your cylinder enough that it’s about 1″ wide and 1/2″ or more thick. The length is up to you. Break off very small crumbs of clay from your second color and sprinkle them on to the top of your base.

Roll your rolling pin from one end to the other gently once to press everything together, then roll back and forth over your clay until things are a little thicker than 1/4″. Use your clay cutter to cut off the edges in order to get a rectangular shape. Use something tubular like a piece of copper pipe or a plastic straw to press down into the center of the clay. Twist it in a clockwise and counter-clockwise motion to separate the clay and then gently remove it. Place a piece of parchment paper around a large oven sage cylinder, such as a glass jar or aluminum can, so that it completely covers the cylinder. Then gently remove your rectangle from the parchment paper it is on and transfer it to the parchment paper on the glass jar. This is going to give it some shape while it bakes. Place another piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheet and then place two small pieces of clay under your glass jar to stabilize it. Put the jar and clay feet (which will be thrown out later) onto the parchment covered cookie sheet and place in the center of your oven. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions.

Add your favorite scent and enjoy a more beautiful moment of zen. Enjoy! – Rachel

Credits//Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Hey Rachel! My name is Lisa and I run a DIY bog over at LipStainAndLegos.com I love this idea so crazy much! You honestly amaze me with your projects. What do you suggest to keep the ash off of everything as the incense burns? What if I made my clay a little longer so it created a pretty little semi-circle but then also ran a few inches across the counter surface to catch it? Do you think that would make them to hard to stack? Also, I love that you paired them with crystals. My office is slowly turning into a massive shrine and I kinda love it.

  • I really love the look of these, and will probably use the technique in other projects, but once it burns down past the hole, won’t it just fall and burn whatever’s underneath? The shape and the terrazzo style is gorgeous, I just think it may need a tweak to make it more functional for burning.

  • Wow this is a great idea! I am not that into clay, but this idea is amazing since I love incense in my rooms!

  • omg these look soooo cute!! And also so much fun to make! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • These look amazing, I can’t wait to give them a go! I am totally obsessed with the terrazzo trend and incense. You couldn’t have done a more perfect DIY, thanks so much.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    • So glad you love them, too! Now…what else can we make with this terrazzo effect?!!! Ha! Obsessed. -Rachel

  • Great idea love it
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  • I love burning incense and this is such a fun little way to hold the stick. Would be interesting to see how you clean up the ash though, that’s always my problem

  • I have been fascinated by Terrazzo lately, This is a fantastic idea, with great pictures!

  • This not only looks gorgeous, but looks like such a meditative activity. Fun!

  • without any grooves or a well isn’t the ash from the incense gonna get everywhere?

    • My thoughts exactly – very pretty, but you would have to put it on a base of some kind to catch the ash.

  • The DIY is so smart! I could actually make one in the toaster oven I have.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • These look truly charming. Although, I am sure, I would burn myself trying to make some 🙂

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