Cute DIY Dishes

what-a-dishDesigner: Lisa Storms

Because who doesn’t need a pretty little dish to hold small items?


  • White oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic roller
  • Wooden rods
  • Die-cut circle or heart shape
  • Toothpick
  • Items for texturizing the clay: pencil eraser, rubber stamp, paper doilies
  • Ink pad in desired colors
  • Small round paper bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine-tip artist’s paintbrush (optional)
  • Decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)

what-a-dish-11. Following manufacturer’s instructions, condition the clay. Place clay on a smooth, hard surface. Using acrylic roller, roll out clay to 14” thick. To do this, position a wooden rod on each side of the clay. Place the roller across the clay and wooden rods; roll the clay to a consistent thickness (pictured above).

what-a-dish-22. For a circle or heart-shape dish, lay die-cut circle or heart shape on the flattened clay. Trace around the shape with a toothpick to cut it out (pictured above). Note: The jagged edges will be sanded later.

what-a-dish-33. Using texturizing items of your choice, stamp or emboss the clay with a pencil eraser or rubber stamp. Press eraser or rubber stamp into ink pad before pressing the design into the clay (pictured above).

what-a-dish-44. For lacelike embossing, place a stack of six paper doilies on the clay and roll over the doilies with the acrylic roller until an impression is made (pictured above). Carefully remove the doilies from the clay surface.

5. Place a small paper bowl right side down on a baking sheet. Place clay right side down on top of bowl, gently pressing the edges of the clay to round them against the curvature of the bowl.

6. Following the clay manufacturer’s instructions, bake the clay. Allow the clay to cool thoroughly.

7. Sand the dish with fine-grit sandpaper; wipe off the sanding dust.

8. Using a foam paintbrush, paint the dish with acrylic paint if desired. If needed, use a fine-tip paintbrush to paint in grooves, ridges, or stamped areas; remove excess paint with paper towel. Let the paint dry.

9. Paint the dish with decoupage medium; let dry.


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