DIY Hand Stamped Ring Dish

3 Materials
1 Hour

Making over an entire room and showing big, dramatic before-and-after pictures is great and probably one of our favorite things, but there’s also a whole lot of joy in the little DIYs scattered around the home that make you happy every time you walk by.

I have a feeling these little DIY clay ring dishes will fall under that category.

You can read the full blog post here.

Roll out your clay

Take a half pack of the white clay and start rolling it out by hand on a smooth surface (I used our kitchen counter) into a long snake shape, then do the same with a section of the silver clay. I just eyeballed how much of the silver I used and had a different amount for each ring dish so the marbling would look unique.

Oh, and start preheating the oven to whatever temperature your clay says to cook at.

Swirl them together

Once you’ve got your clay snakes, hold them side-by-side and twist them together, then smoosh them into a ball.

It’s going to look like a mess at this point and probably be hard to combine, but keep rolling it out on your smooth surface until it’s a ball without any cracks and you like the marbling look.

If you’re not liking the marbled look yet, try stretching the clay ball out and reshaping it like you would with pizza dough, or splitting it in two and re-combining it.

Start forming your tray

Once you’ve got the nice, smooth clay ball, use your thumbs to press down the center and start shaping your tray. This is very freehand and will depend on your own style for how big or small you want it, how evenly shaped and how thick the edges are.

I did two that were smaller with a thicker, smooth edge and one that was a bigger overall tray with smaller, pinched edges.

Just make sure that the base part of your tray isn’t too flimsy and thin, or when you go to stamp it, it’ll go through the whole piece.

Start stampin'

By now you’ve got a few ring dishes ready to go. Place them out on some parchment paper or foil on a baking sheet and start stampin’. It was difficult for me to stamp the letters in a straight line but I guess that’s part of the imperfect look of hand stamping.

Make sure you stamp deep enough into the clay, but not so deep that the square base of the stamp gets imprinted. Learned that one the hard way!

If you do mess up, though, it’s easy just to use your finger to smooth it over and start again.

Bake the dishes

Bake the ring dishes for as long as your clay instructions say to, for me it was about 30 minutes.

I accidentally preheated my oven to 375 degrees instead of 275 degrees, so I waited for it to cool a little before putting my dishes in. Evidently I didn’t wait long enough, because one of them came out like a bright yellow color and the other two are a light pink color so the only thing I can think of is that the temperature must’ve been off.

Luckily I actually like the pink color so that was a happy accident.

Moral of the story is, double check your temperature first and then once they’re done, let the trays cool completely before moving onto the gold accents.

Color them in

If you’re going for the same look as me, grab your gold Sharpie and carefully color in the indents of your hand stamped words. This took a couple of runs over each letter to get them fully covered and dark enough.

Then run the Sharpie around the edges of the whole ring dish a few times until it’s a thickness you like and it has that golf leaf kind of look. (You can see in these photos that my fingerprints got baked into it on the edges, whoops! Lesson for next time to make sure everything is super smooth before baking).

And you're done!

This is such an easy DIY, and is surprisingly stress-relieving to mold some clay. I think I might try the ring dish again soon and add some cracked pepper into the clay for a fancy speckled look, or maybe I’ll try taping it off and color blocking the finished product.

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  • Natalie Natalie on Sep 15, 2020

    Could you have used alphabet pasta instead of the stamps if you don't want to buy the stamps?


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