Craft a Clay Incense House Burner
Keep your house smelling oh-so-fresh all season long by crafting an incense-burning house out of oven-bake clay.
Disclaimer: This project cannot be used with a candle or open flame. Incense must be blown out before placing inside the house and should never be left unattended.
Clay Incense House Burner
The Crafty Lumberjacks made this charming incense cabin with oven-bake clay. The cabin's chimney is a small, inexpensive copper pipe. Just stick a lit incense cone inside the door of the cabin and watch the smoke plume from the chimney.
- oven-bake clay
- smoker house template
- butter knife or skewer
- square dowel
- round dowel
- small copper pipe
Print + Cut Out Template
Begin by downloading and printing out our incense house template. Carefully cut out with scissors.
Roll Out Clay
On a flat surface, roll out the clay until you have an even layer. To help achieve an even thickness, roll out the clay in between two square dowels.
Cut Out Walls
Place the template on top of the rolled-out clay and lightly score around the edges using a butter knife. Use a ruler to completely cut out each wall. Repeat until all sides, the roof and base are cut out.
DIY Clay Incense House Burner: Create Details
Create details on the front of the house, such as a door and windows, by pressing down a square dowel to lightly make an imprint. To create a rounded top door frame, press the copper pipe in the center of the front of the house, about half an inch from the bottom, and use a ruler or knife to cut out two parallel sides to finish the door.
Create details on the front of the house, such as a door and windows, by lightly pressing down a square dowel to make an imprint. To create a rounded top door frame, press the copper pipe in the center of the front of the house, about half an inch from the bottom, and use a ruler or knife to cut out two parallel sides to finish the door. For the chimney, press the copper pipe into one side as seen in the photo above. Keep the pipe in the clay, but remove any clay left in the pipe.
Begin by lightly pressing a round dowel in the center of the base to create an imprint to hold the incense log. Starting with the front and side wall, construct the four walls and the roof, leaving the base separate (Image 1). Score the connecting edges using a toothpick, needle or skewer (Image 2). This helps prevent cracking and encourages better fusion during baking. Use a small amount of watered-down clay to help smooth edges and seams (Image 3).
Bake + Sand
Before baking, make sure to remove the chimney from the roof. Then, bake the house and the base according to the directions on the packaging. Once the house is completely baked and cool to the touch, use 220-grit sandpaper to lightly smooth down any rough edges or seams. Add the pipe back in once completed.
Test + Display
Light an incense log and blow it out. Place it on the base, cover the base with the house and watch the chimney smoke!