Interiors

Animal Jewellery Tray

Things are going a bit upside-down at the moment, so you’re getting your DIY-dose on a week later, since I was still busy enjoying the beach and the sand in the Netherlands. It is in fact a bit difficult to adapt to new working surroundings, but I was clever enough to pack all my DIY supplies when I moved out of my apartment. I guess you would have laughed when seeing me heavily loaded with all kinds of bags which contained everything important for a trip I had no idea how long it would take.

I took them on my bike, but only got so far as 5 meters before something hit the ground. So I stood still, and I called my mum, and I was ashamed (and internally laughing) of my stupidity. But that happens when you’re too lazy to go twice. But! I have a new addition to my technical family, meaning I could acquire a small studio lamp to light up my pictures in a better way (maybe you see a difference in the pictures). With my special wallpaper in the background I am soo close to professional haha. Anyways, let’s get to the actual project: As you may have read, I was looking for a way to store my delicate necklaces, my studs and my rings. So I came up with a rather funny and cute solution:

You need:

  • Air-drying clay
  • Two plastic animals (one larger, one smaller)
  • White paint
  • Leaf gold (+ special glue)
  • Sand paper
  • Sharp knife
  • Super glue
  • Sheet of paper + pencil + scissors

Take a sheet of paper and by help of flower pots, mason jars or bottles draw two circles onto the paper, one larger than the other and depending on the size of your animals. Cut out the circles, they’ll be used as stencils.

Tray-1

Roll out the clay with a bottle or a rolling pin until it’s about 3 millimetres thick. Place the stencils onto the clay and with the knife cut around it, leaving about 5 millimetres of space. Leave the stencil where it is and carefully fold the clay upwards to create a sort of brim. Place the larger animal on the plate where it should stand later and push it in a little. Let the clay dry (this may take some time).

Tray-2

Take a file or sand paper to even out the brim and eliminate anything you don’t like.

Tray-3

Time to cut the cow’s head off! Just kidding. With a sharp knife cut off just a little bit of the cow’s head so that the small plate has enough contact face. Put some super glue onto the right spots and attach the small plate to the top of the cow. Let dry.

Tray-4

Now get the rabbit on top in the same way, put some glue on the feet and attach it to the small plate. Then attach both cow and rabbit to the large plate. Let dry.

Tray-5

Get your white paint and paintbrush and start painting everything from top to bottom. Make sure to reach every corner. You may have to paint twice to reach perfect opacity. Let everything dry. Spray paint is also an option here, but I didn’t have any at hand.

Tray-6

Now for the final part: Prepare the brims of your plates with the special glue for the leaf gold. Let it dry the appropriate time and carefully apply the leaf gold with a soft brush (not the hard bristle brush you used for painting!).

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Well well well. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one of the crazier ideas, and I really was anxious how this one here would turn out. You sometimes have a picture in your head and then buy the ingredients, but until the end you are not sure whether it really works out. Of course as a reader you never get to see the failures (I won’t let you!), but as a maker I am always happy if something works out. And this here is unique, I really like it. What do you think? Hope you are inspired!

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa
    22nd September 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Love this so much! The gold leaf finishes it off perfectly. So fun!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      24th September 2015 at 8:12 am

      Thanks a lot!

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    Sherry Lou
    22nd September 2015 at 8:44 pm

    This looks amazing! I love gold and white together. Looks so classy and unique. Reminds me of something Anthropologie would have. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Love,
    Sherry Lou

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      24th September 2015 at 8:12 am

      Thank you! Glad you like it!

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    Heather and Melissa
    25th September 2015 at 8:16 pm

    This is totally awesome!!! Thanks for the tutorial! Do you mind if we feature it on our blog?
    ♥ Heather and Melissa

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    Kerstin
    28th September 2015 at 3:23 pm

    This is such a cool DIY! I’ve never even thought of using these kind of animals for DIYing but it somehow all makes sense now 😀
    Will definitely try this out for Christmas!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th September 2015 at 8:15 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Becky
    11th October 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Omg, defo going to make this , love the gold finish!

    http://printedforest.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Brittany
    15th October 2015 at 3:06 am

    Love this! It looks like something Urban Outfitters would sell for $60 haha. So cute and creative!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      15th October 2015 at 8:12 am

      Thank you very much!

  • Reply
    kity
    19th October 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Hello!
    I never ever thought of using toy animals for such a project, it’s awesome.
    Great DIY idea Michelle!
    kisses
    kity from thekityshoes

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      19th October 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you very much!

  • Reply
    Anna Leehey
    13th January 2017 at 3:41 am

    I love this idea. It is so creative.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      13th January 2017 at 6:56 am

      Thank you!

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    Annie
    21st February 2017 at 2:57 pm

    This is such a cute idea! It looks like something that you would buy for a million dollars at Anthropologie! 🙂
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      21st February 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Haha thank you, that’s actually a huge compliment for me!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline
    6th March 2017 at 5:19 am

    This tray turned out so cute! If only I had your DIY skills 😛

    -Jacqueline
    http://jackieomy.blogspot.ca/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      6th March 2017 at 9:28 am

      You flatter me! Thank you

  • Reply
    Katherine
    25th March 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I really like this! Such a fun idea for those little animals I often come across.

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    Elise
    13th April 2017 at 8:56 pm

    oh my gosh, how creative and gorgeous! You should sell these on etsy! love it!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      13th April 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Haha, maybe I will! That’s so kind of you to say!

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    Belle
    8th June 2017 at 11:49 am

    So cute!! These would make such gorgeous gifts 🙂

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th June 2017 at 11:52 am

      Thank you very much!

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    Anna
    6th July 2017 at 5:49 am

    What a fantastic idea! Looks great and I love any craft that involves plastic animals 🙂

    http://www.fashionspiritbklyn.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      6th July 2017 at 7:27 am

      Thank you very much!

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    Brianda
    25th October 2017 at 6:45 am

    This is so great. And It seems like a great DIY, gift idea! I’ve never tried clay but my husband recently bought me a starter kit so I think this could work. I mean it’s a circle and I bake – how hard can it be? (with my luck who knows! haha) anyways, great idea, I love the animal aspect of it and it looks so classy! I wonder if I can make a 3-tier one.
    DecideTomorow.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      25th October 2017 at 7:29 am

      You’re so kind, I’m glad I could inspire you to try this! I would love to see a photo of the result! ☺️

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    Hena Tayeb
    29th October 2017 at 9:55 pm

    This is such a great idea.. looks great!!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th October 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you!

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    Samantha Sheinson
    7th November 2017 at 10:32 pm

    OMG these are so cute! Great gifts for the holidays!
    X
    samantha
    http://www.thenewyorkblonde.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th November 2017 at 9:24 am

      You’re so kind, thank you!

  • Reply
    kimmy
    29th December 2017 at 7:04 pm

    That is so cool.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th December 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you very much!

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    A Life Adjacent
    19th February 2018 at 1:24 am

    These are so incredibly cute. Perfect for a little girls room too!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      19th February 2018 at 7:54 am

      You’re so sweet, thank you very much!

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    zefy
    21st March 2018 at 12:55 am

    Waw, that’s so cute… 🙂

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      21st March 2018 at 7:34 am

      You’re so sweet, thank you

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    Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    2nd May 2018 at 11:01 am

    This is literally such a cute idea! Love it. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      2nd May 2018 at 12:27 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you ☺️

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