Pretty DIY Clay Jewelry Dish

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Embrace the charm of handmade decor with our DIY clay jewelry dish project! Perfect for adding a touch of whimsy and functionality to any space, these adorable dishes are not only delightful to create but also serve as versatile accents for organizing jewelry, keys, or trinkets.

In this beginner-friendly tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of crafting your own clay heart dish, from molding the clay to adding intricate details and finishing touches.

Whether you’re looking for a heartfelt gift idea or simply craving a creative outlet, this DIY project promises to awaken your inner artist and infuse your home with handmade warmth and character. So gather your supplies and let’s get crafting – your heart-shaped treasure awaits!

DIY clay heart jewelry dish

This tutorial is straightforward, but it will take a couple of 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 cute, and I’m using it frequently already.  I decided on the heart shape because, well,  it’s almost Valentine’s Day!

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

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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 whatever size you prefer.  I kept mine relatively small. Remember 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, 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 lifted it off the vase and started painting 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!  I took a gold metallic Sharpie and outlined the rim to finish it up.  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 clay project.  You could also make one for loose change or office supplies, like paperclips.  I can’t wait to make more!

DIY clay jewelry dish

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2 Comments

  1. Hey, Nigel! I just followed the directions written on the clay package. They state 36-48 hrs for the clay harden. I left mine dry for 48 hours just to be on the safe side. I hope that helps and thanks for reading!

  2. Thank you Debra! Yes, kids could definitely make it. In fact, my daughter has been bugging me to do her own. It’s a great kids activity! 🙂

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