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DIY speckled nesting bowls

10.27.15

DIY speckled nesting bowls | almost makes perfect DIY speckled nesting bowls | almost makes perfect

maybe it’s just me – but i can’t enough little bowls. i use them for corralling jewelry, i use a couple as pinch bowls in the kitchen, i use them for sage smudging, i use them basically.

so i wanted to make a set of “ceramic” bowls for rings and bracelets — and it’s super easy.

DIY speckled nesting bowls | almost makes perfect

materials

01. condition your clay and roll it out flat. cut a round shape by either doing it manually, or using something round as a cookie cutter (i used a candle lid, you can use anything!) cut it out using an xacto.

02. to mold the shape, place your circle into a bowl or saucer and gently sculpt the sides into a bowl shape. if you use a bowl, make sure it’s one that you never use with food!

03. bake according to the package directions, with the circle still molded in the saucer or bowl. sand for a smooth finish once they’re dry and cool.

04. paint away! i painted the bottoms and sides with a terracotta color i mixed up, but you could also use terra cotta clay and just paint the white interior.

05. to create the speckles, i came up with my new favorite method. i’ve tried a couple of variations and i’ve tried flicking my brush, but it always makes a mess. my new method is to use a thumb tack! dip your thumb tack into black paint and simply poke. vary the strength of each poke for an organic look. wipe off the excess with a paper towel and keep going!

06. after they’ve dried overnight, apply glaze for a finished look. i only glazed the interior of the bowls to keep them looking partially glazed.

DIY speckled nesting bowls | almost makes perfect DIY speckled nesting bowls | almost makes perfect DIY speckled nesting bowls | almost makes perfect

cute right?! they’re perfect for collecting things on my dresser — let me know if you make them! oh and just a heads up : these are not food safe!

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