Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Glitter Heart Ring Bowls

Glittery bowls are pretty pieces of handmade art. They make lovely little ring bowls too. A bit of bling is always a good thing. They're made with simple air dry clay and paint. It's fun! I'll show you how to craft something beautiful today!

Let's Get Started

For this project you'll need

  • Air Dry Clay
  • Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Glitter Paint in Antique Silver and Florentine Gold. You can also use gold and silver acrylic paints or gold and silver oil paints for this project. Acrylic paints are recommended for painting air dry clay.  
  • A 5-inch heart shaped cookie cutter
  • A piece of sandpaper or sanding sponge
  • A rolling pin
  • A paintbrush
  • A small bowl  


Take a large chunk of air dry clay and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball on a smooth surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a circular shape that's a little bigger than the cookie cutter. Don't roll the clay out too thin. You want a sturdy bowl. Use the cookie cutter to cut the clay into a heart shape. Use a small bowl to turn the edges of the clay inward, forming a bowl shape. You can use your hands to do this too. Have fun and don't worry about making mistakes. You will use the sandpaper to smooth out the edges once the clay is dry. Place the clay heart bowl in another small bowl and let it dry overnight. It may take longer to dry. My bowls took about 48 hours to dry.

Once the bowls are fully dry, use the sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges on all sides of the bowl, including the rim. Brush the dust off with your paintbrush. Rinse the paint brush and pat dry. Paint with any color of Martha Stewart Glitter Paint or regular acrylic paint. Martha Stewart's line of glitter paint comes in different colors from turquoise to pink. The shine comes through once the paint has dried. Although Martha's glitter paint is recommended for non-porous material, I use it for this simple project which will not get much wear and tear. The bowls took three coats of paint to achieve maximum sparkle. Remember to make sure the clay is completely dry before painting them.

Tip: Store any extra unused clay in a well sealed bag or container with a damp paper towel on top of the clay so it doesn't dry out.

Happy Crafting!


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  2. These are adorable! I'm trying to figure out how much clay I would need to make about 15 of these. Do you know about how much you used for just one?

    1. Hi Sarah, Thank you! Gosh, I made them a long time ago. Let's see...I would say that a tennis ball size of clay would be the right amount for each ring bowl. Air dry clay is inexpensive so that's also a plus. I bought a big box of Craft Smart clay and used it for several projects. Another idea is to get smaller heart cookie cutters in case you run out of clay. Small ring bowls are fun too. I hope that helps! Have fun! xx ~ Jilly

    2. Thank you so much, that does help!

    3. You're welcome! Maybe you can purchase small and large heart cookie cutters to be on the safe side. Also, if you're going to store the clay, remember to keep a damp towel on it. I store it in well sealed plastic bags with moistened paper towels so it doesn't dry out. Happy Crafting!