Valentine’s Day DIY: Typographic clay dish

Valentine’s Day DIY: Typographic clay dish


by guest blogger Stephanie Gerber of Henry Happened

Organizing my jewelry is at the top of my list for the new year. A bad case of shove-it-in-a-drawer syndrome probably explains why I can never find the other earring. So a personalized clay dish is the perfect solution for stylishly corralling rings or keys in one nice-looking place.


  • Print out the word or letters you want to use in Corey Holms’ Brea typeface
  • White polymer clay (I like Sculpey)
  • Oven-safe bowl. Feel free to try different shapes. I used a wide, shallow bowl as well as a deeper bowl. You could also use a small condiment bowl to shape the clay.
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Gold leaf paint and brush


Roll out the clay between two sheets of parchment paper. This helps keep the surface smooth and the thickness even.


Keep rolling until the clay is bigger than the bowl and about 1/4-inch thick. Then use the bowl as a guide to cut the edges of the clay into a circle. The clay is soft enough that any kind of knife will work here.


Carefully remove the clay from the parchment and pinch the edges to insert it down into the bowl. Use your fingers to press and shape the clay into the bowl.


Lay text printout on top of the clay and gently poke through each of the squares. Be careful not to go all the way through the clay.


Smooth the edges of the bowl with your fingers while the oven preheats.


Bake the clay inside the bowl according to the package instructions (about 15 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit). Let it cool completely and pop it out of the bowl.

Fairgoods is an online shop that sells type and fun gifts that use that type.

1 Comment

  1. when do you apply the gold leaf paint? after baking or before?


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