Amanda from A Hammer & Heals almost wrote this zebra jewelry dish off as a DIY fail. However, after taking a little breather from the project, Amanda came back with a clear head and completed her playful catchall for only a fourth of the designer price. Like Amanda says, the fun of DIY is being able to customize the project to your liking, and I love how she put her own spin on it with the gold and turquoise color scheme!
Decorative spheres are a fun way to add interest to a bookshelf or tabletop. Shelley from Crazy Wonderful saw some from West Elm that she thought were pretty stinkin’ cool – just not at $70 for a pair! Shelley instead sculpted her own from clay and finished them in gold just like her inspiration. I love how metallic spray paint can give an inexpensive material like clay such a beautiful, lustrous finish. You’d never know they aren’t real metal!
Roeshel of The DIY Showoff tried her hand at working with clay for the first time to create this oversized wishbone that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving season. Roeshel’s DIY wishbone cost way less than her $58 inspiration and allows for custom sizing. From one pack of clay and one can of gold spray paint, you can make several wishbones, so Roeshel suggests making them as gifts or even as pretty package toppers.
Esther from Wholly Kao wanted to come up with an original idea for a handmade gift swap with some friends. Instead of defaulting to jewelry, Esther was inspired to create a dish for holding rings and other small baubles. I love the designs that Esther achieved by pressing lace into the clay prior to baking. So pretty!
Aimee of Twigg Studios loves nautical décor and has been adding touches throughout her house like these Restoration Hardware inspired faux metal fishing weights. Aimee created her weights by covering various-sized balls with clay and then layering paint for a rusted metal look. I love how these look in front of the vintage whale species chart Aimee also made. Head over to her site to check them out!