Clay trinket dish DIY

Use our clay trinket dish DIY to make this tropical number and keep all your rings, necklaces and earrings safe.

clay trinket dish diy
Use Emily Ashbourn’s little clay trinket dish DIY to make a tropical gift for your friends and family.
This project was created by Emily’s for Mollie Makes magazine – for more easy-make craft projects and creative inspiration, subscribe to Mollie or click here to find out more.


  • 57g polymer clay in leaf green
  • Non-stick baking parchment
  • Non-stick rolling pin
  • Craft knife
  • Grade 800 wet and dry sandpaper
  • Water-based gloss varnish
  • Shallow oven-proof dish
  • Craft tool
  • Cornflour
  • Kitchen towel

Clay trinket dish DIY


You Will Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Paint
  • Rolling pin

Total time:

Step 1

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Using the template from Mollie Makes issue 94, trace the monstera leaf shape onto a sheet of non-stick baking parchment and carefully cut it out.

Step 2

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Warm the polymer clay in your hands for a minute or two so it becomes easier to use. Roll the clay out evenly until the leaf template can fit comfortably on top. Cut out the leaf design using a craft knife.

Step 3

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Smooth any rough edges with the craft tool then, using the image as a guide, mark a central vein on the leaf and smaller vein details running off it.

Step 4

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Spoon some cornflour into the bottom of a small, shallow oven-proof dish or bowl. Place the leaf in the dish, making sure each edge of the leaf curls up the sides to give a curvy shape.

Step 5

Once you’re completely happy with the shape, bake in the oven at 110oC/225oF/Gas Mark 1⁄4 for 30 minutes, or following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Step 6

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Remove the leaf from the dish and wash off any cornflour residue with cold water. Carefully dry the leaf with kitchen towel or a clean cloth. Soak some grade 800 wet and dry in cold water and sand off any remaining rough edges. Finish the clay trinket dish with a few coats of gloss varnish, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Leave to dry.