DIY ashtrays

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DIY ashtrays
A homemade ashtray makes a unique gift. (Marjan_Apostolovic/iStock/Getty Images)

Why buy an ashtray when you can make your own? With a little bit of creativity and some common household items, anyone can easily create a unique clay ashtray. By creating your own ashtray, you are in control of the shape, size and colour. You can make it a statement piece or a simple dish to hide away in a corner. A homemade ashtray also makes an excellent and inexpensive gift idea for the cigarette or cigar aficionado.

Things you need

  • 250 ml (1 cup) flour
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) salt
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Non-stick baking tray
  • Oven
  • Paint
  • Clear varnish

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    Prepare the clay

  1. 1

    Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Sift together.

  2. 2

    Pour half of the water into the mixing bowl and mix with the dry ingredients.

  3. 3

    Knead the mixture with your hands, slowly adding the remaining water until a soft, smooth dough forms.

  4. 4

    Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and use your hands to mould it into the ashtray shape you want.

    Finishing touches

  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 135 degrees C (275F).

  2. 2

    Place the clay ashtray in the centre of a non-stick baking tray. If your baking tray is not non-stick, cover it with aluminium foil.

  3. 3

    Place the ashtray in the oven and bake until it's hard and golden brown (approximately one hour).

  4. 4

    Remove the ashtray from the baking tray and allow it to cool.

  5. 5

    Once the ashtray has cooled, paint it. When the paint has dried, spray the ashtray with a clear varnish.

Tips and warnings

  • Save time and buy moulding clay from an arts and crafts shop instead of making your own.
  • Skip the paint and add food colouring to the water before mixing it in with the dry ingredients.
  • Use common household items such as spoons and lollipop sticks to help you achieve your desired shape and design.
  • Store any left over dough in the fridge so you can use it later.
  • If the ashtray is thicker in some areas then others, poke the thicker areas with a fork before baking to allow for even heat distribution.
  • Baking time will vary depending on the size and shape of the ashtray. Watch closely to ensure it does not burn.

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