An udu is a musical instrument, specifically a drum that originated in Nigeria. This is usually made of clay and played during ceremonies. It has a hole, which the women play by hitting the hole to produce a sound. You can also use it as a flower pot. If you want to make an udu clay flower pot, you will need Mexican clay, glass baking dish, balloon or beach ball, glass baking dish, opaque tempura paint, paintbrush and a small dish. Make sure that the Mexican clay you will purchase will dry using an oven or by air-drying. You can buy this on your local craft store.
To make your own udu clay flower pot, follow the steps below:
- Soften up the clay by kneading it.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out your clay to flatten. You can also use a bottle of wine for rolling or any object as long as it’s round and has a smooth side. The clay should be flattened about ¼ inch thick. You will be able to stretch this easily when you stick this to the balloon and it will not easily break when it’s already dry.
- Blow up your balloon. Choose a small balloon so that it will be easier for you to make your flower pot. Once you’re used to it, you can then use bigger balloons.
- Brush the surface of the flattened clay with thin coat of water and mold it to the balloon making sure that the side coated with water sticks to the balloon. Cover the balloon with clay but leave a circle around the nozzle that will serve as the opening of your pot. This is where you will attach the neck of your pot.
- Get a small piece of clay and mix it with 1 tablespoon of water. This will serve as your paste.
- Roll a small piece of clay making it look like a thin snake. Form it into a circle using a glass. Carefully remove the circle clay from the glass and brush its top using the paste you made. Get the balloon with molded clay and place it on top of the circle clay. Make sure that place it in a way that the opening is on top and the balloon is balanced. The circle will serve as the base of your post so that it can stand.
- Make a thicker circle a little bit wider than your opening. This will serve as the neck of your pot. Shape the upper part of the neck in a way that the lip is flipping outwards. Paste it to the opening of the clay molded in the balloon.
- Cut two holes on both sides of the clay molded in the balloon. Do this carefully to prevent the balloon from popping.
- Leave the pot to dry overnight. Once the clay is hard the next day, you can pop the balloon and remove it from the pot. Paint the pot using opaque tempura paint and then let it dry.
You can now put flowers on your udu clay pot. You can use it as a decoration inside or outside the house.