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How to make a ring holder out of clay

Keep your rings looking tidy and pretty with Laura Elmsey's how to make a ring holder out of clay tutorial.

How to make a ring holder out of clay

Whether you ease a hefty diamond from your finger every night, or just take off those 32 stacking rings that are starting to turn your hands green, your accessories deserve an accessory.

This clay ring holder is great for those of you who want to experiment with clay (The Great Pottery Throwdown has inspired us) with air dry clay. It’s a wonderfully easy material for you to use and we have a how to use air dry clay guide here on Gathered.

This clay ring holder is arguably the handiest thing you’ll ever make for your bedside table, and probably the prettiest, too. Plus, it’s a great one to personalise for friends and gift for Christmas – pick their favourite colours, and await the compliments.

You could also make them some jewellery to go with your ring holders like some DIY tassel earrings or maybe some seed bead bracelets!

You will need:

How to make a ring holder out of clay


You Will Need

  • Air dry clay
  • Sanding block
  • Acrylic paint
  • Thin washi tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Gloss varnish

Total time:

Step 1

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Take a small ball of clay and roll it between your hands to create a cone shape. Use your fingers to mould the clay into the shape shown above, and make sure to give the cone a flat base so it’ll stand upright. The cone should roughly be 8cm (3 1/8″) high, and the base 2cm (3/4″) wide. This is your new clay ring holder!

Step 2

Leave it to dry out completely.

Step 3

Once dry, lightly sand down the clay ring holder. Gently sand the cone’s sides and base to achieve a smooth, flat surface.

Step 4

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Use the paintbrush to coat it in white paint as a base colour. The bottom of the clay ring holder can also be painted to get an even finish if you prefer.

Step 5

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Stick washi tape around the cone, again, using the image as a guide, then paint the tip a solid colour. Splatter some gold paint around the bottom, then leave your clay ring holder to dry.

Step 6

How to make a ring holder out of clay

Once dry, carefully and slowly remove the washi tape from the clay ring holder. If necessary, touch up any areas of paint that have come away, and leave to dry. Add gloss varnish to both the cone to seal the paint and make it more hardwearing, then leave to dry thoroughly before using.

We hope you’ve enjoyed making your clay ring holder! Now you’ve got the clay-making bug check out our air dry clay vase tutorial and our air dry clay Christmas decorations. You could also start experimenting with polymer clay and make our clay salt spoons.