DIY leaf trinket dish
*Updated Sept 2020. I took some inspiration from nature and decided to use the falling leaves in my garden for a DIY project. Using some air drying clay, I made my very own leaf trinket dishes. I got my inspiration from a trinket dish I got in Heatons last year. I loved it but I couldn’t find anymore in the shop so I decided to make my own leaf trinket dish instead. This is a really fun Autumn afternoon DIY. The only time-consuming part of this DIY is allowing time for the clay to dry. You can get really creative and use different size leaves and different coloured paints to make a trinket dish to suit your own personal style. I also have a Youtube video showing you how I made these and I will link it here for you to enjoy.
What you will need
For this DIY you will need some clay. I used air drying clay but you can use oven-bake clay or whichever clay you can get in your local craft store or online. I had some clay left over from my Pumpkin painting DIY from last year. You then just need some leaves from the garden, a rolling pin to roll your clay, a knife, a bowl and some spray paint. I used Rust-oleum spray paint in the shade bright copper.
How to make your trinket dishes
Open up your clay and cut a handful-sized chunk. Using a rolling pin roll out your clay until it is smooth and flat. I actually didn’t have a rolling pin so I had to improvise and use an old round tube. Pick a leaf and roll this onto your clay. Give it a good roll as you want to get all of the details from the leaf into the clay. Gently remove the leaf from the clay and using a knife you can cut out your leaf. I wrapped a small bowl in some cling film and I placed my lead inside the bowl to dry. This gave it a nice curved bowl shape. I then allowed the clay leaf a full 25 hours to fully air dry.
Once my leaf trinket dishes were fully dry, I then applied one coat of bright copper spray paint. I went for a pop of colour for my leaves as I wanted them to match in with my decor but you can get creative and pick a colour to suit your style. I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage of the spray paint on the clay. I only needed one coat as normally I would apply two coats of paint to a project. I allowed the spray paint to fully dry and then I had fun styling them in my home.
I had fun experimenting with clay in this DIY. Let me know if you have used clay in your projects or if you plan on giving this DIY a try. You can tag me over on Instagram and share with me your DIYs as I love seeing what you guys are getting up to. Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video below and subscribe to my channel if you enjoyed it.
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