DIY Marbled Trinket Dish
Is your dresser becoming a mess? Are you spending that extra ten minutes in the morning searching for your missing earring? Tidy up the clutter with a few trinket dishes. The dainty bowls catch all the lose jewelry, hair ties, and bobby pins we tend to lose throughout the day. These DIY dishes make for cute and clever birthday presents, house-warming gifts or a pop of color to your counter space. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a unique and vibrant trinket dish for your dresser, vanity, desk, or side tables.
- White, black, and bright-colored oven bake clay (a few ounces of colored clay and 8oz of white clay will make you 3 dishes)
- A plastic clay knife
- Small bowl or baking cup that is oven safe
- Gold liquid craft paint and a small paintbrush
- Rolling pin
- A large round jar or can to trace around
- Glaze to seal dish (optional)
Step 1: Roll each color of clay into logs about 5” long. We made two larger white logs, small logs of any other complimentary color, and an extra small log of black or dark clay.
Step 2: Combine the smaller logs into a larger roll, and then begin twisting.
Step 3: Next, roll the large twist into a long snake. This should be about twice the original length (10” – 12”). To combine the colors, twist the ends in opposite ways a few times. After the snake roll is twice the original length, fold it in half and twist the ends together. Repeat this process two or three times.
Step 4: After creating your candy-cane looking roll, smash the clay into a ball. The key here is seeing most of your colors on the surface. If you are unhappy with the colors at the surface, pull the ball apart and re-smash together until satisfied.
Step 5: Use a rolling pin to roll out your ball of clay. The colors should blend and you will be able to see a marbled pattern once you roll over it. Roll to ¼” thick, and to create a better marble effect, try rolling in different directions.
Step 6: Next, use a round rim or cookie cutter about 5” wide as a guide to cutting out your dish. Use the knife to cut around the rim.
Step 7: Place the circle into an oven-safe bowl or dish. Make sure the ramekin is a little smaller than your circle so the bottom of the circle will dip in the center, which will give it more of a dish shape. Bake the bowl with respect to the time/temperature listed on the clay package. Remove from oven and let the clay cool. After it has cooled, gently turn the larger bowl upside down and tap the dish out.
Step 8: After the dish has cooled, line the dish with a gold or metallic paint. Let dry. For a glossier look, add a clear seal over the whole dish.