Snake Clay Coil Tealight

Create an eyecatching, out-of-the-ordinary tealight holder that will definitely turn heards! Using the clay coiling method, I can show you how to easily create this awesome, twirling snake to safely hold your tealights!

Snake Clay Coil Tealight

Skill Level

Medium - Hard

Time to Make

4 hours, drying time of 1-2 days

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Roll the clay into a 1cm thick slab, using a sharp tool draw 6cm circumference circle. Once you have your circle base, roll out a 1cm thick and roughly 4cm height rectangular slab to wrap around the circumference of your circle. Using a clay tool, blend the inside of the slab with the base to mesh both pieces of clay together.
  2. Next, roll a long 1cm thick sausage to fit the circumference of your pot.
  3. Using the cross hatching method, adhere the first part of the snake body to the pot.
  4. Repeat this process until you’ve created a full snake body around the pot, then mould a snakes head using a separate piece of clay and connect this to the top part of the snakes body. Place a lump of clay underneath the snakes head to keep it upright until it dries.
  5. Allow the clay to part-dry for 2-3 hours. Once it’s hardened a little, take a small ‘C’ shaped tool to create scales. Then allow the bowl to dry for 1-2 days – it will turn white when fully dried.
  6. Paint the snake any colour you like! I went for pink snake with a blue tea light holder. I also added small blue jewels for the eyes. Finish your project with our brush-on varnish for glossy finish.
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Top Tip

When coiling, its important to keep the clay at a medium wetness to avoid cracking

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