Lately I have been pretty obsessed with marbled clay. The obsession started this last Winter when I wanted to try it out for the first time and ever since then I have been hooked and trying to create all the fun DIYs I can think of. First, I came up with 5 DIY Marbled Clay Projects and really loved how they all came out. But, I wanted MORE! Within this new year we have been tranitioning our blog to become a dream of mine which is not just a DIY blog but a DIY blog that is greatly Disney influenced or inspired and not only that but a shop as well. All of this will be debuting soon hopefully at the end of May, so stay tuned! Super excited about that! So, with all of that in the works obviously the next marbled clay project had to be a DIY Mickey Mouse Jewelry Bowl, right!? I love playing around with all the colors and seeing them blend so beautifully together. These jewelry bowls are super easy to make and make for great keepsakes or gifts for that Disney lover! So, follow the steps below for a cute Mickey Mouse inspired accessory.
- Various colors of oven-bake clay: I get mine mostly from Michaels and Hobby Lobby, they have a great selection. For this project I used the colors black, white, yellow, pink, and purple.
- Rolling pin
- Oven-safe bowl (and preferably the size you want your bowl to be)
- Medium-sized circle cookie cutter, I used one from this set and this set is a good option as well, you can use whatever you have though around 2 inches in diameter.
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: Mod Podge
To start this fun project, take all the clay colors you wish to use for your bowl. I wanted to use bright and fun colors that somewhat represented Disney/Mickey. You can use whatever colors you wish though, honestly it is really fun playing around with all the colors.
Take a good portion of the clay, about 1/3 or so of the single packets of clay. If you want a certain color to stand out more than the others then add more, and same for the other way, if you want only a little of a color to show add less. You can see in the pictures below that I had pretty thin worm-like black clay strips. Knead and then roll each clay color into a long worm-like shape with your palms.
When all colors are rolled, place them all together to form a thick worm-like shape, and then gently twist together a couple times.
Like so…and then roll the two ends together to form a ball like shape.
From here, you can begin rolling the clay flat with your rolling pin, suggested to do this on top of parchment paper. You don’t want to roll around and spread the clay too much together as they will start to just blend together and create one blob of a color rather than seeing all the pretty clay colors. So, try to roll it out in a couple strokes to be a good bowl thickness. Not too thin, but can be as thick as you like.
When you are satisfied with the marbled clay look and it’s thickness, you then take an oven-safe bowl, that is preferably also the size you want your bowl to be. If not, then two different bowls/objects can be used. I took one of my large mugs and used it to trace a large circle into my clay with a knife. I liked the size of the mug versus the oven-safe bowl because it fit almost perfect on my clay and I didn’t have to cut much off.
And then you will have a nice circle like this…
Be sure to look on both side of the clay to see which side you want on the top and which side for the bottom. When I turned my circle around I thought it was so cool and looked like a Flamingo or some tropical bird!! Next, you want to take your oven safe bowl and fit your clay into it nice and snug.
Now before baking it, to make this jewelry bowl not just a jewelry bowl but a Mickey Mouse Jewelry bowl, you need to make two ears! To do this, I just simply took two swabs of my black clay and kneaded and rolled them into a ball and then rolled flat with my rolling pin to be about the same thickness as my bowl. Then, using the medium-sized circle cutter from above cut out two circles for the ears. I decided to do black to really get that Mickey feel, but again you can use any colors you wish!
You could also then take these circles and use the object you traced for the circle of your clay to make an indent of the rim into the ears so that when they are baked they can be glued on that way and not come into the jewelry bowl. The option is yours.
Then place the bowl and the two ears on a cookie sheet in the middle rack and bake according to the package directions. Most clay usually says like 275 degrees for 15 minutes or so. Some ovens may be different so be sure not to over bake your clay but also be sure you have baked it long enough. When you take out your bowl, it should be hot and a little hardened. As it starts to cool it will become harder.
When your clay has cooled, you want to take your hot glue gun and attach the ears to each end of the top of your bowl. Carefully add glue to the portions the ears will go and then attach, making sure to keep them even to each other, and you don’t want them to come too far in, but enough to balance nicely. I then also added some extra glue to the back of the ear where the ear and bowl connect to give it an extra hold.
Or if you decided to make the ears the other way, add the glue to the edge of each ear and then carefully attach to each top end of the bowl again being sure to keep them even to each other. When all glued in place and hardened, optional to add a nice coating of Mod Podge to your bowl. Doing a coat or two to the front and back of the bowl. Allow each coat to dry before doing the next.
This is what the back of your bowl will look like either way you make the ears.
And then you have a lovely and colorful DIY Mickey Mouse Jewelry Bowl that is ready for all your Disney jewelry or any other items you wish!
This accessory is a great item for my dresser and I can’t wait to make more and give them as gifts! I hope you have enjoyed this fun Disney inspired DIY project and are excited to make one of your own. Please feel free to share any fun color combos you come up with, we would love to see them.
Are there any other Disney inspired jewelry bowls you’d like to see? Let us know!
P.S. be sure to check out our other DIY Marbled Clay Projects if you haven’t already and our Pinterest board: Disney Creations for even more Disney inspiration.