Hosting Thanksgiving at your house next week and you want to get all Martha Stewart on your table without having to actually do much work? This DIY Give Thanks Ring Dish is the perfect craft for you. You can churn out 8-12 of these bad boys in under an hour and your guests will be totally floored with all your crafty goodness. They will also love the fact that you are giving them a sweet little take home treasure that they can actually put to good use!
- Oven bake clay – white and gray granite (I used Premo brand)
- Rolling pin type item (I’ve use a rolling pin, a glass, and a rounded wooden block from the toy bin.)
- Small dish – This should be the general side you want for your ring dish.
- Metal/leather stamps
- Gold leaf paint
- Fine point paintbrush
1. The Premo clay pack comes with 4 scored rectangles per pack. For one dish, you need one rectangle of white clay and 1/2 of a rectangle of the gray granite. Break off those amounts of clay from the blocks and roll them into balls.
2. Flatten out the white clay and place the ball of gray clay in the center of the white.
3. Wrap the white clay around the gray and knead until they are mixed.
4. Roll out your clay until you get a circle that is 1/4 inch thick and about 3 inches across.
5. Place your circle of clay inside the small bowl (or outside if that is the size you want) and push it into a bowl shape with your fingers.
6. Using your stamps, stamp out “give thanks” on the bottom of the clay dish. I made one with all caps and one with all lower case letters. It helps to start in the center of the word for alignment purposes.
7. Remove the clay from the bowl. I used a little spatula to lift it, but a toothpick or gentle fingers would work just as well.
8. Place the bowl on foil and bake per the directions on the package. Mine was 275 degrees for 25 minutes.
9. Once your dish is baked and completely cool, fill in the letters with gold leaf paint and a super fine paintbrush.
10. Paint a ring around the edge of the dish with the same paint. I like the uneven look so don’t stress about straight lines.
11. Let the paint dry and place one dish at every place setting on the day of the big feast!
- Lower case letters are harder to fill in than capital letters – FYI.