Simple DIY Ring Dish

Welcome to your weekly DIY! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week and that it is feeling thoroughly spring-y where you are.

Since ring dishes seem to be all the rage lately, I found a simple way to DIY your own. Check out A Beautiful Mess for the inspiration for this project.

DIY Ring Dish

Materials: Oven-bake clay in various colors, x-acto knife, glaze, and gold paint pen (not pictured: rolling pin and oven-safe bowl)

Materials: Oven-bake clay in various colors, x-acto knife, glaze, and gold paint pen (not pictured: rolling pin and oven-safe bowl)

  1. Start by rolling each color into a snake shape approximately 5-6" in length. Picking your colors is a personal choice, but I went with a significant amount of white and grey, two bright colors and a bit of black for contrast. 
  2. Twist the colors around each other and roll into a new snake. Repeat one or two more times to fully marble the colors. Too many times will start to muddy the colors so take care with how much you handle the clay at this stage.
  3. Ball up the clay and roll out. I used a clear craft roller ($9 at Joann's) but you could use a rolling pin, water glass...whatever. Go for approximate 1/8-1/4" thick (mine should have been thicker) and use the x-acto knife to cut it slightly larger around than the (oven-safe!) bowl you're using as a mold.
  4. Once it is the right size (and you kinda have only one chance at this one) peel up the marble pancake and lay inside the bowl. I will say that though I put it inside, next time I might turn the bowl upside down and do it the other way to avoid the rippled edges.
  5. Place the bowl on a cookie sheet and bake per the package instructions. Let cool 20 minutes, turn the bowl over and tap until your little ring dish comes right out! Don't be alarmed! After baking, the dish will definitely not feel like ceramic but more like hard rubber; it's still pretty sturdy as along as you don't plan on throwing it at a wall.
  6. Once the bowl is completely cool, use the metallic paint pen to color the edges of the bowl. You may opt to paint the dish with a glaze to increase the shine (per package instructions). 

Once the glaze is dry, you have a fabulously unique ring dish! Here it is in it's natural habitat on my dresser:

The best part about this project? The necessities to make several dishes only cost $20! You can never have too many and they make swell gifts. 


There you have it! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with and store in your sweet ring dishes. Show off your creations with #bettybetatester, and keep up with all my goings-on via instagram, pinterest and twitter.