DIY: Adorable Jewelry Dishes
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Jessica Tomes is a wife and mommy to three precious (but rambunctious) little girls. She is currently pregnant with baby number four, and can’t wait to meet HIM this September! She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Christian University. She owns The Plaid Pony, an upscale online boutique featuring curated favorites for infants through tweens — and is so excited to launch The Plaid Pony Home this Fall! She is passionate about writing and marketing impeccably designed clothing and furniture, and this wonderfully beautiful mess we call motherhood. She happily resides in Houston, Texas — eating all the Tex Mex she can get her hands on!
I am always on the lookout for cute, practical craft ideas. I am also (currently) all about organization. I am guessing this may have a little something to do with the munchkin growing inside my ever enormous tummy. So when I found this idea online, I just knew I would have to give it a try. I am notorious for leaving my jewelry all over the house. And then blaming my family members for moving and/or losing my favorite bling. So hopefully these adorable jewelry dishes will help me do a better job of keeping up with my rings, and watches, and earrings. Fingers crossed! I also love that this craft is in no way, shape, or form messy. This pregnant lady can not do messy at this juncture.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Oven-hardening clay (I used Staedtler Fimo Soft Clay. I found it at my local Michael’s craft store. It comes in a variety of fun colors for you to choose from!)
- A rolling pin
- Cookie cutters (optional)
- A pencil for tracing (optional)
- A gold leaf pen (I also found this at Michael’s. Check your favorite local craft store!)
Here’s how you do it:
- Roll out your clay (using the rolling pin) on a flat surface.
- Use a cookie cutter to create your desired jewelry dish shape. Or, you can just freehand any shape you want. It’s totally up to you.
- Using your fingertips, gently press all around the edges to give the jewelry dish the “lift” required to keep your favorite gems in place.
- Bake in the oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I baked my dishes on a cookie sheet covered in foil.
- Allow the dishes to cool for about an hour before decorating.
- Use the gold leaf pen to paint the edges, and add any embellishments you desire. (This is where the pencil comes in handy.)
These handmade jewelry dishes also make wonderful gifts — and your littles may even want to get in on the action! (Yay for non-messy!) Want to give it a try? Share your photos to social media using #craftingwiththebabychicks.