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DIY Air Dry Clay Trinket Dishes: Cherry Blossom Edition

Discover the delightful world of DIY air dry clay trinket dishes designed in the charming shape of cherry blossoms. This tutorial is about creating a place to keep your small items and adding a touch of spring to your decor all year round.

Whether you’re looking to craft ring dishes, clay bowls, or little dishes for your trinkets, this spring craft project is a great way to get creative with air-dry clay, paint, and a little imagination.

Crafting with air-dry clay offers a fun and accessible way to create a pretty personalized gift or decorative piece for your home. Plus, with our hand-drawn cherry blossom template available for download, you can easily make your unique clay dishes.

Materials Needed

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  • Non-toxic white air-dry clay
  • Acrylic paint or watercolour inks (in your choice of colours for the cherry blossoms)
  • A generous amount of glaze (to seal and protect your dish)
  • A small bowl of water and a small amount of water (for smoothing surfaces and edges)
  • Regular wooden rolling pin
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand-drawn cherry blossom template (available for download with this tutorial)
  • Paper clip and round drawing pin
  • Small bowls or ring dishes (as moulds or inspiration)
  • Work surface (protected with parchment paper or a silicone mat)
what you need to make an air dry clay bowl

How To Make An Air Dry Clay Trinket Dish

​The Cherry Blossom Template

I used the template technique with this DIY ring dish. The template shape I chose was a Cherry Blossom, as it’s one of my favourite flowers and is a very simple shape perfect for this. But feel free to use any air-dry clay project templates you want; they could be anything from tropical leaves and mushrooms to pineapples and lemons.  

Drawing of a Cherry Blossom template

I used this easy Cherry Blossom drawing tutorial for my trinket bowl templates. You can draw cherry blossoms of any size with the same tutorial. It’s very easy to do or print off my template below.

Cherry blossom template

Preparing Your Clay

Step 1: Start with a Handful of Clay: Begin by kneading a small amount of white clay on your work surface. Add a little water to smooth it out if you encounter small cracks.

Step 2: Roll Out the Clay: Using your regular wooden rolling pin, roll out the clay to about 1/4 inch thickness over a large enough surface area. I roll between two wooden sticks to Ensure the clay is evenly spread to avoid thin spots that could lead to breakage.

rolling out air -dry clay between sticks

Shaping the Dish

Step 3: Cut Out the Cherry Blossom Shape: Place your hand-drawn cherry blossom template over the rolled-out clay and carefully cut around it. The air-dry clay project template makes achieving the perfect cherry blossom shape for your trinket dish easy.

Cutting out the floral shape with the clay

Step 4: Stamp in the Stamen:  Use a bent paperclip and a round drawing pin head to stamp the stamen in the centre of the flower. Just press down firmly to make an imprint in the clay.

stamping indents into air dry clay
stamped air dray clay cherry blossom shaped

Step 5: Form the Dish: Gently lift the clay cherry blossom and place it in a small bowl or dish to slightly curve it. Use a small bowl of water to smooth any edges or fingerprints.

air dry clay trinket dish drying in a bowl mould

Step 6: Allow it to dry. The drying time for the clay varies based on your local climate; aim to place it in a warm, dry area for optimal drying. Since air circulation is limited when the clay is in bowls, drying can take longer.

To hasten the drying process, remove the clay from the bowl once it has maintained its shape and expose the entire trinket dish to open air, which will help it dry more quickly.

sanding the sir dry clay ring dish bowl

Step 7: Sanding: After thoroughly drying the clay, smooth the edges with fine-grade sanding paper.

Adding Details and Color

Step 8: Painting: Once your clay dish is dry, it’s time for the fun part! Use paint to add colour to your cherry blossom. You can follow traditional pink hues or go in different directions with your colour scheme. You can use a variety of paints on air-dry clay, including acrylic paints, spray paints, and watercolour inks.

I used watercolour inks as that is what just happened to have to hand in a pink hue.

Once the pink paint had dried, I used a gold Sharpie to colour the stamen in the centre of the flower bowl.

Painting an air dry clay dish bowl

Step 9: Glazing: Apply a generous amount of glaze to your dish after the paint dries. This seals the acrylic paint, gives your dish a beautiful glossy finish, and adds durability.

Finishing Touches

Step 10: Drying: Allow your trinket dish to dry thoroughly according to the glaze instructions. This usually takes a few hours to a day.

Air dry clay trinket dish in the shape of cherry blossom

Step 11: Little Finishing Details: Add any additional touches you like, such as painting the edges or adding a second coat of glaze for extra shine.

Cherry blossom clay ring / trinket bowls dishes in 2 sizes

Keep the remaining clay airtight; you can use it for one of these unique Air dry clay ideas

Conclusion & Other Ideas

Creating DIY air-dry clay trinket dishes in the shape of cherry blossoms is a great project for crafters of all levels and a way to make pretty handmade gifts for friends.

With just a little clay, some paint, and a few small tools, you can create beautiful clay bowls and dishes perfect for holding all your small items or sweet treats.

Whether you keep these little dishes for yourself or give them away as gifts, they will surely be a hit. Happy crafting!

Explore more DIY bowl and dish projects to enhance your crafting repertoire. Transform decoupaged scallop shells into stunning ring dishes, or decoupage small wooden bowls for a vibrant makeover with floral paper napkins for a pop of colour.

Dive into the world of paper mache for another creative bowl-making method. Try crafting quaint paper mache tea cups as charming mini trinket bowls. Additionally, discover how to create unique no-sew denim bowls, employing a technique akin to paper mache for an inventive twist on traditional crafts.

You’ll find many more cool adult craft ideas here.

DIY clay trinket dishes cherry blossom shape pin

janet trieschman

Monday 18th of March 2024

I am a bit jealous. My air dry projects usually crack or fall apart. Thanks for sharing with Create-it Link Party.

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 19th of March 2024

Thank you. The trick is to let them dry slowly and then they are less likely to crack.

Jennifer Wise

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Just lovely! Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #29 linkup. Hope to see you next time, too.

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Thank you so much, and thanks for the invite.

Amy Johnson

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Oh I absolutely love this idea! It turned out beautifully and so simple to make. Visiting from "will blog for comments"

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Thank you so much, I love to craft with air dry clay.


Wednesday 6th of March 2024

Absolutely love this DIY Air Dry Clay Trinket Dishes: Cherry Blossom Edition tutorial! The cherry blossom design adds a touch of elegance to the dishes. I can't wait to try this out and create my own personalized trinket dishes. Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

Thank you so much.

Jennifer Wise

Friday 1st of March 2024

I think air-dry clay would be right up my alley! These turned out so beautifully. Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #27 linkup. Hope to see you there next time, too. Have a great weekend.

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 2nd of March 2024

Thank you, there are so many wonderful things you can make with air dry clay.