How to Make Clay Trays

Make these easy trays to help organize jewelry and other household items.

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Photo by: Jessika Creedon ©Jessika Creedon 2013

Jessika Creedon, Jessika Creedon 2013

Materials Needed:

  • Sculpey or Fimo clay in 3 different colors
  • shallow glass bowl
  • circular items to use as stencils (lids, small bowls,etc.)
  • butter knife
  • pen with a flat end
  • scrap piece of lace
  • rolling pin

Roll Out Clay

Condition the clay by rolling it around in your hands for a few minutes. Once soft, start rolling it flat with the rolling pin to a 1/8-inch thickness.

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Photo by: Jessika Creedon ©Jessika Creedon 2013

Jessika Creedon, Jessika Creedon 2013

Create a Lace Pattern

To create the lace pattern, lay the scrap piece of lace over the flat clay (image 1). Roll over the lace a few times with moderate pressure to imprint the clay (image 2). Pick up the lace to make sure the pattern transferred onto the clay (image 3).

Create Polka Dots and Stripes

Use the flat end of a pen to create a polka-dot pattern in the clay (image 1). To make stripes, drag a butter knife with very light pressure on top of the clay (image 2).

Cut Out Circles

Place a circlular object, about 4-5 inches in diameter, over the clay to use as a stencil (image 1). Cut around the stencil with a butter knife (image 2), and lightly smooth out the edges with your fingers (image 3).

Bake Clay

Turn over a shallow bowl. Place the clay circle right side down over the bowl, and lightly press down until it takes the shape of the bowl (image 1). Use a larger shallow bowl as a mold for a larger piece of clay (image 2). Bake according to the clay packaging instructions (image 3).

Display Trays

Place these trays on a dresser to hold jewelry, or use it on an entryway table as a catchall tray.

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