Christmas is just around the corner, and what a year has it been! You are probably thinking of what to get your loved one for Christmas. If you are a DIY enthusiast, you can make this adorable DIY jewelry holder from clay for your jewelry-loving friend!
I love how it turned out so much and will be making a few more for my friends who have tons of jewelry and never know how to organize it. This is a great solution for keeping all the chains detangled.
It also looks so bohemian chic that could fit with any bohemian decor. I made a while back bohemian moon phases wall decor from clay. I think I might be a little bit obsessed with the crescent moons! They look so adorable!
The process of making it is super easy, and I'll share with you my tips and tricks on how to make your clay jewelry holder outstanding. It took me about an hour, including the baking time, to make it, so you could easily make this last minute for a gift or yourself 🙂
Few words about what clay to use for this project.
I've got antique bronze clay from Sculpey.
As much as I love the color and effect of metal, I think the air-drying clay might be a better choice.
Let me explain. When I shaped the clay and put it in the oven, because of heat, the hooks started slowly unfolding. Perhaps, I should've wrapped it around something to keep the shape intact, but I didn't find anything of that size that would be over-proof.
Now, while I'm writing this, I think perhaps I could've wrapped it around a spoon or something—food for thought.
Anyway, if you use an air-drying clay, it gives you more flexibility to adjust, and I assume the hooks wouldn't move that much.
And you could always paint it over with gold leaf paint to get the effect of metal!
Time: 1 hour (including baking)
Instructions to make this jewelry holder:
1. Choose your clay. I got Sculpey Premo in Antique gold color.
2. Roll it out using a rolling pin. Make it about ⅛" thick. You could go thicker, but I felt it should look delicate next to the jewelry, so I went for a thinner layer.
3. At first, I took a round cookie cutter, 2.5" in diameter, and used that to shape the moon in the middle. But the edges were too even (haha if that could be a problem), so I decided to free shape it to give edges a bit of a rough and live edge.
4. Take a small piece of clay, make a sausage out of it and roll it out. Then attach it to the circle from the bottom. Smooth out the connection point and make fold the clay to create a hook.
4. Roll out clay again and shape a crescent moon. Once again, I felt that it should have a more live edge, so it's by design! Make 4 crescent moons and add hooks to them too.
5. Bake per instructions on the package.
I left it at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Here is where things started getting funky. When I opened the oven in the middle of the process, I saw that the hooks are turning out and going towards being flat. I tried to fix it, but the clay was already hard to mold.
So I left the process to take over and see what's going to happen. It didn't become flat all the way down, and I like this look.
6. Let your crescent moons cool down and cut and sand your wood for the shelf while at it.
7. Take a strong glue. I used E6000 and glue moons to the shelf. Boom! You are done! This beautiful crescent moon Clay jewelry holder is done!
You can add a rope to hang it, but I felt that a clean look is probably a better idea and added a little picture hook on the back.
Isn't it lovely? It will be a Christmas gift for my friend who loves jewelry very much! I love the simple bohemian look of it! Perfect for a Bohemian room decor!
This project is part of the series "The Christmas Craft. Material challenge". I partnered up with Top Shelf DIY to make projects from different craft mediums (felt, chalkboard, etc.) every week leading up to Christmas.
Stay tuned for next week. We will be making macrame!
How exciting is that?:)
What presents are you planning to https://topshelfdiy.com/three-simple-clay-projects-to-try-this-christmas/make for your loved ones this Christmas?
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