These DIY Clay Flower Dishes are a sweet little way to store your trinkets and treasures and are extremely easy to make!
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DIY clay dishes are so delightfully easy and perfectly useful! How can I not join in on the craze! I don’t like feeling left out. It must be my only child syndrome.
Clay projects aren’t always as easy as they seem, but in this case, I actually can say that these little clay flower dishes were very simple to create! In fact, I even had my three-year-old son help me! He said, “This is BETTER than playdough!” And that’s saying a lot. It was a great way to get busy hands moving in the right direction, instead of the wrong direction…which usually means “lovingly” poking his baby sister.
There are so many adorable clay dishes out there right now, but I wanted to make mine a little more unique! I decided to use a flower cookie cutter so that the dish would be in the shape of a flower. I cut out the flower shape and placed the air-dry clay in a small dipping bowl to help hold its shape. Once the clay was dry I sanded the edges smooth and painted them using craft paint. I also added a little ring on the bottom of a couple of them to raise them up slightly.
My plan is to put them in my daughter’s room (when it is completed…ha!) to collect little trinkets and what-nots! That’s why I chose the colors that I did. Gotta love those bright pinks and aqua!
It was a very simple straight forward process. Just scroll below for the step-by-step directions for the clay flower dishes!
DETAILS to DIY these clay flower dishes:
2. Cookie Cutter (here is a similar flower cookie cutter)
5. Paint brushes
Roll out the clay so that it is about ¼ of an inch thick all around. Try to make it as evenly thick as possible. It will look nicer and hold up better.
Cut out the shape using a flower cookie cutter and pull away excess clay. Peel flower shape from surface very carefully trying not to smush any of the edges. Yes, smush is a technical term.
As you know, you can use ANY shape out there. I wanted to make a little clay dish, but I wanted it to be a little unique. That’s why I chose the flower shape.
At this point, I also made little clay rings to place on the bottom of the flower dishes to raise them up a little bit. I felt like it gave the dishes a little more dimension. Put these aside to let dry.
You can shape the flower into a dish with your fingers or use a little dipping bowl like I did to help the clay form to the curve of the bowl. I have made other clay dishes forming them with my fingers, and I just didn’t like them as much. They clay ended up looking very bumpy and uneven.
Let the clay air-dry or bake according to the package directions. I used air-drying clay.
Sand the edges of the clay flower dishes. I certainly could have left the edges raw on the dishes, but I felt like they looked a little more finished with a smooth edge.
Paint your dish! I painted the clay flower dishes white first. It seems funny since the clay was already white, but it wasn’t a true white. There are many instances where I love the natural color of the clay, but I wanted it to look brighter for this project.
In order to match my daughter’s room, I picked bright pinks and aqua and chose different funky patterns to add a little spunk to the dishes.
I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-surface Satin Acrylic paint and LOVE it! I purchased it specifically because it comes in such adorable colors! It covered the dishes well with a couple of coats.
Let the paint dry for the recommended amount of time.
Paint Mod Podge around the whole dish.
I painted this everywhere so that the clay was not exposed. This way, you don’t have to worry about the clay getting on you or anything getting on the clay flower dishes!
Attach clay ring to bottom of dish with glue gun.
Like I mentioned above, the ring adds a little height to the clay flower dishes and makes it a little unique. I decided to put the ring on two of the dishes (shown in the first picture of Step 7), and keep the other two flat.
There you have it! Some adorable clay flower dishes added to the world!
Try this project with your kids! It’s an easy one for them to participate in, and the results are too cute! Send me some pictures of your clay flower dishes if you make them!