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Organise your jewellery with this easy DIY clay jewellery dish. Suitable for storing rings, earrings, necklaces, and other little trinkets.
On Sunday I decided to clean out my incredibly cluttered dressing table. In the process, I found a bunch of jewellery stashed all over the place. This included an earring in the tabletop drawer (just one – the other is mysteriously missing), a few rings shoved among old nail polish bottles (okay…), and several pairs of earrings stashed in a jar filled with cotton buds (what the hell, self).
Yeah. My jewellery was scattered everywhere.
To avoid this happening again, I decided that my dressing table could really benefit from a jewellery dish. So I did what any responsible adult would do: I immediately abandoned cleaning in favour of making something cool.
Using some polymer clay scraps and a few leaves from my backyard, I made this simple DIY jewellery dish.
It isn’t anything flashy, but it does the job of organising my jewellery quite nicely.
Below I’ve written a quick tutorial that explains how I made this dish, just in case you’d like to make your own.
Easy DIY clay jewellery dish
- Polymer clay. I used about 90 grams (approx 1 1/2 of these small Sculpey packets). You can also use air dry clay.
- A rolling pin, a round jar lid, a large paintbrush, and a small paintbrush.
- Two fresh leaves. Look for leaves that have very pronounced features on the back – this helps create the best imprint.
- White and gold acrylic paint (I used this gold metallic paint).
- A rag and a cotton bud.
I began by rolling my polymer clay into a ball, then used a rolling pin to flatten the clay until it was approximately 1/4” thick.
Next, I used the lid from a jar to cut the circle shape out of the polymer clay.
With the circle shape cut out, I pressed two leaves into the clay, patting them down with my fingers a few times to ensure a good imprint.
With the imprint in place, I used my finger to push the sides of the circle up to create a little barrier so that jewellery wouldn’t just slide off.
If I did this project again, I’d probably skip this step and instead shape my clay around the underside of a bowl to create a proper bowl shape. But meh, you live and learn.
Next, I baked my jewellery dish in the oven at 130°C/275°F for 15 minutes. If you plan on making your own jewellery dish, make sure you read the instructions on your polymer clay, as baking times/temperatures do vary between brands.
Once the jewellery dish was cool, I applied a coat of white acrylic paint over the entire thing and left it to dry.
Once the paint was dry, I realised that my leaf imprints weren’t as pronounced as I wanted. To fix this, I decided to use a little gold paint to bring out the details of the leaf.
I used a tiny paintbrush to apply gold paint to the crevices of the imprint. While the paint job doesn’t have to be perfect, I’d still recommend you use the smallest brush you can, as it makes the clean up in the next step a lot easier. If you don’t have any tiny brushes, you can get a set for a few dollars here.
I left the paint for about five minutes, then gently wiped the jewellery dish with a damp rag. This removed the paint on the top of the dish but left the paint in the crevices.
To finish, I sealed my jewellery dish with some spray sealant I had sitting in the garage.