When it comes to home crafts, I’m a sucker for handmade storage solutions. There’s just something so awesome about a project that is both decorative and functional. Several years ago, I discovered the solution to the chaos on my vanity: trinket and jewelry dishes. Even the smallest one can make such a huge difference. Ever since then, I can’t stop making them. For my latest project, I used acrylic “stud” beads (some of my favorite Darice products) to mimic zodiac constellations in a DIY jewelry dish. I love the combination of metallic paint and studs. Here’s how to make them!
- Parchment Paper.
- Small Bowl.
- Air-dry Clay (Terra Cotta or White).
- Wooden Rolling Pin.
- Darice 1-inch Foam Brush.
- Darice Short & Round Brush Set.
- Darice Acrylic Small Half Cone Beads*.
- Blue and Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint.
- Decoupage (Optional).
- Strong Craft Glue.
* Darice offers small half cone beads in many different finishes. For this project, I used bronze. Alternatives include gunmetal, gold, rose gold, and silver. You can also find these beads in a spike cone version, too.
Using the wooden rolling pin, flatten the ball into a circle measuring about 4 1/4 inches wide. Make sure the thickness of the clay is somewhat even. Air-dry clay is extremely forgiving. If the circle isn’t perfect, you can just roll it back up into a ball and try again.
Step 2. Using the small bowl, you’ll form the clay into your DIY jewelry dish. You can do this by slightly bending the rim of the clay to form a shallow dish. The bowl will provide support for this step. Leave the clay to dry for 2-3 days.
Step 6. Use the studs to form a zodiac constellation of your choice. My zodiac sign is Cancer, so I went with the Cancer constellation for my DIY jewelry dish. Glue the studs in place. (Some constellations are quite complex; feel free to simplify for the purpose of this project. It doesn’t have to be 100% accurate!)
Step 7. Optional: Using a small amount of decoupage, you can add a small label indicating the zodiac constellation you just created. Of course, you don’t have to use white paper and a black pen like this example. A gold gel pen on black or blue paper would look great.
Another fun idea for holding all of your jewelry and trinkets, are these DIY doily lace bowls.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.