Clay knots have become a popular home decor item over the past year. They add an element of texture and dimension and display well in a variety of household locations. Use a clay knot to level-up your open shelving, entryway table, or fireplace mantle decor. There are some affordable options out there but clay knots typically range in cost from $20 at a minimum to upwards of $70.

This is the easiest, most affordable method I’ve found for making a clay knot that looks high-end. The process is quick and fun and requires minimal materials. Let’s get started….

Materials needed:

How to make the knot:

1. Preheat oven to the temperature specified on the package of clay.

2. Pull clay apart to create two even pieces

3. Roll clay to make two long “snakes.” Try not to roll them too thin – ideally you want each section to be just over an inch thick.

4. Form each section into a “u” shape and place them on a table with the open end of the “u” facing one another.

5. Slide the two ends of one section underneath the loop of the “u,” and repeat with the two ends of the other section. The two sections should then be intertwined like a pretzel.

6. Adjust as desired. Delicately smooth any bumps, etc. with the pads of your fingers.

7. Trim ends using putty knife.

8. Bake in oven as directed on package.

9. Once clay knot cools down, you can spray paint or leave it as is, style and enjoy!

I hope you have fun with this easy DIY project and please feel free to comment or email me with any questions!

All my best,


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  1. How are you changing a floral covered upholstered chair to a white chair with what appears to be paint? Please help!

    1. Hi Phyllis! I’m pretty sure we touched base about this via Instagram – but just in case – I used Behr chalk paint mixed with water and painted the chair using a large chalk paint brush. The painted chairs have lasted through the winter and beyond and still look great!

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