If you have one of those best friends that you’ve been giving presents to for YEARS and have officially come to the point where there’s nothing left to give, or if you’ve agreed to join in with Secret Santa at work and you don’t really know what the person will like, these easy DIY Trinket bowls are a great little gift to get you crafty with this December.

I’ve seen these being made a lot but, I actually decided to do it a different way which, while it made it cheaper to do, turned out to give me a lot more work.

One thing I would say to you if you’re looking to make them for Christmas is, don’t leave it until Christmas Eve. Because I really wanted to give these thorough drying times, they overall took about 1 week to be absolutely complete. 

Anyway, the way that everyone else was making these little bowls is by using multiple colours of oven drying clay. I saw the price of clay and decided to just make the colours myself which, by the way, takes a lot of effort and time. I bought just white clay and coloured it in somewhat unusual ways; firstly, I started using gel and liquid food colouring but found that a lot was required and they were pale. What really made the colour strike out was felt tip pens - you’d be surprised how well they worked. If you’re going to purchase multiple colours of clay, you’ll find this a lot less messy and quicker to do but, nevertheless, getting your hands dirty is all part of the craft.

Once you’ve got your colours, you need to rolls them out into ‘worms’ and then braid and twist them together until all of the colours are merged. Work this plenty but not too much; I went for a marble look so did work mine quite well together but, if you want more bold colours, be careful. After that, roll out the ball of coloured clay between two pieces of greaseproof paper and drape it over your mould. I used old bowls from around the house, then trimmed off any excess pieces.

I left the bowls to air-dry for 24 hours. At this point, the bowls are soft but gradually setting. It’s important that you take them out at this point and place them rim-side-down on a flat surface - if you don’t bring them out when they’re soft, you could risk breaking them. Placing them that way up will spot marks forming under the bottom. Leave them to dry like this for at least 48 hours or until you’re sure that they’re rock hard. They may look a bit pale or that they’ve lost colour but hang in there. The edges might need a little bit of a sand for any really lumpy bits.

This next bit is definitely the fun bit. Using a water base sealer such as Mod Podge (or everyday PVA Glue - but I used mod lodge for the matte finish), completely coat the bowls with a brush. This will usually take 2-3 layers and you’ll find that it does an AMAZING job at bringing the colour back out - I was so happy to see how bright and colourful my bowls had turned out after this was done. 

For the next step - adding gold to the rim - you can use anything from paint, gold foil or nail polish (which is what I used). I do actually really recommend using nail polish because the small even brushes are really easy to use on the thin edges. Depending on how you want your bowls to look, you can either sand the edges down to smooth or leave them a little rustic and raw - like mine. Similarly, you can bring the gold paint down the edges of the bowl to emphasis the ‘dipped’ look, or leave it subtle.

I’m super-duper happy with how these little bowls turned out and I think so many of my friends and family would be more than happy to receive these as gifts - especially because they’re so versatile and can be used for anything. What would you use them for?

Let me know if you make these, I’d love to see your craft creations.


  1. This is such a lovely and fun idea. I always love to get creative at Christmas time, especially with gifts so I’ll need to give this a go. I’ve got plenty of nail polishes too so I’m sure I can get colourful with the rim of the bowl.
    Zara xo

    1. Definitely! You don't need to just go for gold - experiment :) x

  2. these are so pretty! i genuinely thought they were shop-bought when i first clicked on the post, i dont think i could love the pink & gold colouring more.

    ive always been a fan of sentimental presents so if someone made this for me id probably blub and cry forever (who says girls are too hormonal?! haha)

    definitely favouriting this to have a go when i have a quiet weekend!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com ♥

    1. I recently gave one to a friend as a gift, they're perfect for it x

  3. These are so beautiful, I love all the colours and the gold rim- they look so professional!

    Dalal .. monochromedaisies.blogspot.com



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