Pretty DIY Clay Jewelry Dish

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Make this pretty heart shaped DIY Clay Jewelry Dish just in time for Valentine’s Day!

DIY clay heart jewelry dish

Hi!  It has been a crazy rainy week here but I’m ok with that.  I actually don’t mind the rain too much as long as I don’t have to go anywhere.  Rainy days inside mean I can do craft projects (well, as long as my two year old allows).  I was able to get ahead of a few DIY projects this week and I can’t wait to share them with you.  First up, is this DIY clay heart jewelry dish.

I needed a little dish to put my earrings in so they don’t end up all over the place and lost.  I have a tendency to take my earrings off at night and just lay them wherever in my room or bathroom.  Since I wear a lot of little stud earrings, I really wanted something to harness them all together. 

This tutorial is really easy, but it will take a couple days because you have to give your clay time to cure, or dry.  I gave it 48 hours before I painted it.  I think it turned out really cute and I’m using it frequently already.  I decided on the heart shape because well,  it’s almost valentines day!

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At the end of this tutorial, you will have a cute little jewelry trinket dish for your rings and/or earrings.

Materials Needed

Materials needed for clay craft

DIY Clay Jewelry Dish Tutorial

I recommend putting some lotion on your hands first – it makes the clay easier to work with and not as sticky (to you.)  Grab a wad of clay and roll it out flat.  You can use a mason jar or a rolling pin to roll it out. 

Cut a free form heart out of the clay in a whatever size you prefer.  I kept mine rather small.  It was only for small jewelry items.  Keep in mind that you want it large enough to fit over your form dish or vase as it dries ( to make the rounded shape).

Cut your heart out of clay

I used my fingers to smooth out any cracks or marks I didn’t like.  Then, I used my stamp to imprint just the edges of the heart.  I didn’t make any stamps in the center.

Use stamps to create a cool imprint in your clay

Once you are happy with your heart (ha), you can carefully lift it on top of your dish or vase.  I lightly shaped the heart over my little vase to get the edges rounded the way I wanted.  Be careful not to press too hard or you might ruin your stamp imprints. 

I left it like this for 48 hours.  The packaging for my clay says it fully cures in 36 to 48 hours.  I would double check your clay specs.

Allow your clay dish to dry for 48 hours

After 48 hours, I just lifted it off the vase and started painting with watercolors.

Paint your dish with watercolors
Paint your dish with watercolors

I made my edges a bit darker than the middle area.  Or at least, that’s what I was trying to do!  To finish it up, I took a gold metallic sharpie and outlined the rim.  You could also use gold leaf to do this.

Outline your dish using a sharpie marker or more paint

All done!  And now I have a cute little jewelry dish.  I also have tons of leftover clay for another project.  You could also make one of these for loose change or office supplies, like paperclips etc.  I can’t wait to make more!

DIY clay jewelry dish

If you guys liked this tutorial, check out my DIY page for more fun crafts!

Thanks for visiting today,

Xo, Karen