I own a lot of jewelry and some of my favorite pieces are delicate rings. I love wearing a stack of tiny bands every day (on average I wear between 4 and 9, depending on what clothes I’m wearing and what I’m doing that day) but I hate putting them away each night. Usually they end up thrown into piles on my dresser, which isn’t very conducive to keeping it tidy or being able to find the rings I want to wear the next morning. When I saw this easy tutorial for DIY jewelry trays, I knew it would help solve my problem.
-Round and scalloped cookie cutters (or whatever shape you want, mine were about 3 1/2 in. in diameter)
-Stamps (is anyone else bothered by the fact that my alphabet stamps are all capitalized except the y?)
-Oven-bake clay (I used about 8 oz. of Original Sculpey in white, but they have different colors)
Break off a piece of the clay and roll it in your hands until it softens up. Roll it into a ball, anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Use a rolling pin to roll the clay into a disk about 1/8 to 1/4 inch in thickness. My rolling pin left some grain marks in the clay which I didn’t mind, but you can use a glass bottle for a smoother surface.
Very important step: peel the clay from your surface before you cut out the tray or stamp it, otherwise you will mess up the shape. Set it back down lightly. Use the cookie cutter to cut out a circle. Remove the extra clay (you can use it for your next tray).
Stamp a design in the center of the tray. The clay is still pliable at this point, so you can smooth out any marks from the stamps or leave them if you like the look. If you’re not happy with how the tray turned out, simply roll the clay back into a ball and start again.
Place the trays on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake them according to the directions on your clay package. I baked mine for about 15 minutes at 275°. Be careful when you remove them from the oven- I was hit with a very strong chemical smell. Make sure the area is well-ventilated. When you first remove the trays from the oven, they will still be a little soft. The trays will harden more as they cool.
And that’s it! Pretty simple and I love the way these DIY jewelry trays turned out. There are so many different ways to decorate these as well. You can use different colored clay or different shaped cookie cutters, you can paint them afterward… the options are endless. I’m thinking about making small bowls next time and covering the bottoms with gold leaf.
I am so happy with these little ring dishes and they are an easy way for me to keep my jewelry organized. I have all of my stacking rings on them right now but I think they’d also be really good at holding small earrings (and maybe I’d actually wear earrings if I saw them out every day).
Would you try making these DIY jewelry trays? Or do you have a better way to stay organized?