Who doesn’t need a bedside spot to stash your baubles? Create a quick storage accent for your bedroom with this easy clay jewelry dish project. Adapt our design to fit your color scheme and style.
The pretty fabrics used to make the quilt dictated our vintage-style floral palette in this bedroom update. Using leftover scraps, we added pattern and color throughout the room.
The suitcase stack nightstand offers an ample surface for bedside necessities, including a small bowl for catching the day’s jewelry or hair accessories. Making the bowl requires a few supplies and tools you’re likely to have on hand in your kitchen, plus affordable materials available online or at your local craft store.
Gather Your Materials
- Polymer Clay (we like Sculpey)
- Wax paper or silicone mat
- Rolling pin
- 6” dough cutter
- Texture sheet
- Detail tool
- Small oven safe bowl
- Baking sheet or jelly roll pan
- Craft paint
Pull about two-three ounces from a one-pound block of clay. Condition the clay by kneading it between your fingers.
When the clay is soft and pliable, roll it into a ball and place it on your waxed paper or silicone mat.
Using the rolling pin, flatten the clay into a circle with a quarter-inch thickness.
Press the dough cutter into the clay and remove excess clay.
If you want to forego the dough cutter, grab a cereal bowl and place it upside down on the rolled clay. Cut the clay around the rim of the bowl with an x-acto knife and remove the bowl and excess clay.
Press the texture sheet into one side of the clay circle. Roll the pin lightly over the sheet to ensure it transfers the pattern completely. Remove the sheet and press into the other side of the circle, matching the pattern as closely as possible.
You can create texture with other items, too. Press a lace or paper doily over all or part of your circle of clay. Try a decorative paint embossed roller or randomly dot the surface with an unsharpened pencil.
Use the detail tool to minimize any pattern seams you see in your embossed design. Any utensil with a rounded tip, such as a chopstick, will work for this step.
For the scalloped shape of our bowl, drape the clay face down over a small Pyrex bowl, ensuring that all sides are even.
To get a uniformly rounded shape, place the clay face up inside a small oven-safe glass or ceramic bowl. You may want to lightly coat the bowl interior with spray vegetable oil before adding the clay so that it is easy to remove after baking.
Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
After baking, remove the bowl from the form you used and place it face up on your waxed paper or silicone mat to cool completely. It will feel a bit flexible at this point but will harden as it cools.
Paint the bowl interior with craft paint, making sure paint covers the embossed design well. When dry, turn it over and paint the exterior of the bowl. Allow it to dry and go back over it with one more light coat.
Let the painted bowl dry completely.
See more ideas from our vintage floral-inspired bedroom here.
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