DIY Ring Bowl Made from Oven-Bake Clay

wedding ring bowl

I have done countless DIY projects over the past four years, and honestly, this DIY ring bowl is one of my all time faves. Why?

It’s easy. It’s inexpensive. It doesn’t require lots of fancy tools. It’s not overly time-consuming (only 1.5 – 2 hours).  The result is stunning.

After the wedding you can display it as a cherished handmade keepsake from your wedding.

The inspiration for this project came from Esther over at WhollyKao. I made some modifications to the bowl so that it could be used as a ring bearer bowl.

Want to make one of these for your ring bearer to take down the aisle? Here’s how:

You will need:

  • 795 gram package of White Oven Bake Clay (I used Sculpey brand. You will have some left over for other projects.)
  • Fabric doily
  • Letter Stamps (optional)
  • Rolling pin
  • smallish oven safe bowl (I used a Pyrex mixing bowl that was oven-safe)
  • Chopstick or bamboo stick for poking holes at top of bowl
  • Lid to cut out the shape
  • fine grit sandpaper

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Form your clay into a ball and place on Silpat or piece of parchment paper.

ring bowl

 

Roll it out to approximately 1/4 inch.

ring bowl

 

ring bearer bowl

Take your fabric doily and position it how you want it to appear on your bowl. Roll over the doily with the rolling pin.

ringbearer bowl ring bowl

Position your lid on the clay, just to get an idea of where you want to create your cut-out. (Don’t press it down yet.) If you are adding letter stamps, add those now.

ring bowl

Peel back doily. It should come off easily. And it won’t ruin your doily!

diy ringbearer bowl

Position your lid and press firmly on the clay.

diy ring bowl Remove excess clay and save for future projects.

diy ring bowl

Use a chopstick to create two holes at the top of the piece.

ringbearer ideas

Form your little birdies.

clay bird

Place your birds on the edge of the oven-safe bowl and push down a bit so that it creates a lip at the bottom of the bird. This will make it easier to glue.

clay birds

Place your clay bowl into the bottom of the oven-safe bowl. Push it down a bit so it takes the form of the bowl. You’ll want to keep the clay bowl fairly shallow, so make sure the oven-safe bowl you are using isn’t too deep.

ring bowl

Place oven-safe bowl (and birds) on a cookie sheet and put into the oven for approximately 30 minutes. When it’s done, remove from oven and let cool inside bowl for 20 mins. When cool, turn bowl over. It should pop right out.

diy ringbearer ideas Sand the edges of the bowl. (It took me about 15 mins to get mine just right.) Sand birds.

ring bowl

Place a small amount of E-6000 glue in the groove of your birds and adhere to the lip of your bowl.

ring bowl bird bowl

Let dry.

bird bowls

Use a piece of string or butcher’s twine to tie your rings to the bowl. That’s it!

ring bowl
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  1. Posted by Britt on September 13th, 2012 at 10:23am

    Love this idea! Thanks for the helpful tutorial.
  2. Posted by kfloveinme on September 13th, 2012 at 10:33pm

    WOW!! This looks so easy!! I'm definitely going to try to make one for myself! Thank you so much for sharing.
  3. Posted by Claire Millen on September 14th, 2012 at 3:32am

    Hi there

    Are you able to tell me where you got your letter stamps from? Ive been working in clay for a few years, making lace effects with doilies, etc. but have never found a decent set of letter/number stamps :-) would be great if you could share. Love your project, might have to have a go myself :-) thanks
  4. Posted by Esther on September 14th, 2012 at 11:16am

    What a great idea to make it a ring bearer bowl. I love how yours turned out!
  5. Posted by Christina on September 14th, 2012 at 4:46pm

    Thanks for the inspiration Esther
  6. Posted by Christina on September 14th, 2012 at 4:47pm

    I actually got them at a yard sale. These are the ones I used http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/page.aspx?c=&p=50900&cat=2,43319,33281&ap=1
  7. Posted by Karen on October 5th, 2012 at 1:48am

    I love this little bowl and have some polymer clay.
  8. Posted by Ashley on October 14th, 2012 at 12:29pm

    Beautiful. Such a great idea and not too difficult to take on either ;)
  9. Posted by charli on October 27th, 2012 at 10:09pm

    SO pretttyy!!
  10. Posted by Craftuts on November 5th, 2012 at 5:57am

    Great tutorial, I had never played with Oven-Bake Clay I'll have to try it. I have featured it on Craftuts site! Thanks!
  11. Posted by Claire on November 7th, 2012 at 1:12pm

    that's a beautiful idea for a wedding gift
  12. Posted by Chilli on November 15th, 2012 at 12:30pm

    Wow! That's amazing!
  13. Posted by Michelle on November 17th, 2012 at 3:09pm

    Did your clay dry completely hard? Mine is still a bit flexible. I'm not sure what to do. I have baked it for 30min at 275 three times already!
  14. Posted by Christina on November 17th, 2012 at 3:46pm

    Hi Michelle.. Yes, mine is hard.. Did you use Sculpey brand? Not sure why it wouldn't harden. I'm sure it will harden eventually if you keep baking it.
  15. Posted by Julia on November 28th, 2012 at 7:25pm

    Love it! Did you use a mold for the birds?
  16. Posted by Christina on November 29th, 2012 at 9:28am

    No, I hand sculpted those Julia.
  17. Posted by amy on December 11th, 2012 at 2:24am

    hi there! if i use air dry clay...would it still work? thanks!
  18. Posted by Kella on March 3rd, 2013 at 11:28pm

    Hello! By a happy chance I came across your site yesterday. While looking around, I discovered this bowl and have become mildly obsessed with it. It is so pretty! In my quest to find a suitable doily, I have not found one that is as pretty as the one you have. Any chance you remember where you acquired yours? Thanks for sharing this project!
  19. Posted by Christina on March 3rd, 2013 at 11:34pm

    Glad you like the ring bowl Kella! I acquired the doily from my mother in law. Maybe you could check Etsy for vintage doilies?
  20. Posted by Colette on March 6th, 2013 at 2:43pm

    Thank you so much for a wonderful idea, Christina! I loved it so much that ordered the Sculpey white clay right away, and made 2 of these bowls for my daughter's upcoming wedding, thinking that in case one doesn't turn out right, there will be an extra one. I followed the directions to the letter, and they looked beautiful before I baked them, but after baking, they both turned out with an ugly yellow tinge, almost as if they had been burned, even though I used a 275ºF oven. Also, one of the bowls cracked to the point that I can't use it at all. Did I need to turn the oven off after heating it? What did I do wrong?
    I would appreciate any advice you can provide, as I really would like to make this lovely bowl for my girl's wedding. Many thanks again for this great idea.
  21. Posted by Christina on March 6th, 2013 at 2:52pm

    Colette, sorry you had trouble with the bowls. I have no idea why they turned yellow and cracked. Did you make them the same thickness as in the photo? Maybe try turning the temp way down and slow bake them, keeping a close eye on them.
  22. Posted by Colette on March 10th, 2013 at 5:09pm

    Thanks for the tip, Christina. I did use the same thickness as in the picture and my bowls looked so nice before baking. Maybe my oven thermostat is out of whack. I will try 2 things: bake my next bowl at a lower temp, as you suggested, and use the more pliable, softer, Sculpey Ultra Light clay, (guaranteed not to crack) for my next bowl(s). I don't give up easily :)
  23. Posted by Christina on March 11th, 2013 at 4:50pm

    Colette, I hope it works out for you next time!
  24. Posted by Ale on April 4th, 2013 at 1:01am

    I really love the letters you use on your website!!!!
    Can you tell me which type of letter it is so I can download it for my sister's baby shower?
    Thank you very much!! :D

    Also, I'm looking to do this ceramic dish soon! it's really pretty and easy :D
  25. Posted by Christina on April 4th, 2013 at 9:05am

    Ale... I got these letters at a yard sale. They were for making patio stones. These aren't the exact ones, but they were something like this http://www.meijer.com/s/milestone-kids-garden-tile-stone-kit/_/R-40076
  26. Posted by Ale on April 6th, 2013 at 12:13am

    Ohhhh Christina! I'm so sorry, I didn't explain well...
    I was refering the letters on your website :) or the fonts... What are the name of them, because I like them so much and I would like to download them to use for the inivtation of my sister's baby...
    Thank you so much for your quick answer :)
  27. Posted by Jill on April 14th, 2013 at 4:27pm

    What a charming idea and a wonderful memento of the wedding. I'm getting married this summer and had never thought of doing anything like this, great inspiration. Have pinned.
  28. Posted by Marielle on May 22nd, 2013 at 2:20am

    Aloha! I absolutely love this DIY! I think it is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen! I was wondering if I would be able to re-post your amazing DIY project with your photos? I will credit it as your idea and link back to your post. I work with a local wedding company on Oahu and I am looking to share fabulous ideas with my Hawaii Brides. Once again, this is such a lovely idea and I want to do it for my own wedding!
  29. Posted by Annie on July 14th, 2013 at 5:31pm

    Thank you so much for this idea!
    I just did two bowls with a doily my late grandmother tatted. They came out so, so beautifully. I am doing a ring warming during my ceremony and our rings will travel through our guests in this bowl. It inspired me to do a small thank you plaque with the same doily pattern with the leftover clay. I'll put that on my gift table. Again, thank you! I love how it all came out :).
  30. Posted by Christina on July 14th, 2013 at 8:51pm

    So glad they turned out for you Annie! Thanks for leaving a comment!
  31. Posted by Malachite on July 15th, 2013 at 12:11am

    This is very creative! I love ittt <3
  32. Posted by Paola on October 6th, 2013 at 8:59am

    Hallo, this is a wonderful idea.
    Can I use DAS?
    Thank you very much!
    paola
  33. Posted by Mia Terzo on November 15th, 2013 at 12:46am

    Love, Love, Love.... this DIY project. Think it is amazing and it is a great idea for Christmas presents, if you didn't want to make it a ring holder.
  34. Posted by Eline on March 1st, 2014 at 2:44pm

    Mine is drying right now ( I did it with air-drying clay), I can't wait to see how it will turn out!!
  35. Posted by jessie on March 10th, 2014 at 4:33pm

    Could you paint it
  36. Posted by Heidi on June 13th, 2014 at 10:50am

    I've always been curious how people made the lace detailed ring bowls--now I know! Thanks for sharing =D These bowls are beautiful!
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