I always include pops of color around my home, but there is something about summertime that throws my love for color into overdrive. In particular, I am drawn to bold, juicy Bohemian jewel tones like deep fuschia pinks, purple and teal. I was inspired by colorful classic Moroccan tea glasses to create a Moroccan-style DIY trinket dish.
And the best part is that I spent $0 to make my trinket dish! I already had these supplies on hand! Today is the summer edition of our There for the Making Challenge, hosted by Flourish & Knot, where we can only use items we already have to make something for our home! (You can check out my first challenge project here).
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How to make a Moroccan-style Trinket Dish
- Decorative plastic bowls
- I found these in the party section of my local dollar store
- FolkArt Ultra Dye in Raspberry Beret
- Martha Stewart Crafts gilding papers in silver or gold
- Martha Stewart Crafts gilding adhesive
- Martha Stewart Crafts gilding brushes
- Foam brush
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic cup
- Waxed paper or disposable tablecloth
1.) Prep your workspace with a piece of waxed paper or a disposable tablecloth. Pour a small amount of FolkArt Ultra Dye into a plastic cup. Lightly dip a foam brush into the dye and begin brushing it onto the outside of a decorative plastic bowl. Allow to dry for several hours or overnight. You do not want the surface to be tacky when you’re working with the gilding papers.
2.) Once the bowl is dry, you’re ready to add the gilding papers. Brush on a small amount of gilding adhesive wherever you want to add a metallic accent. This could be along the top edge of the bowl, or you could highlight certain designs if you like. Allow the gilding adhesive to dry until it is tacky – this will take about 10-15 minutes.
3.) Following the package instructions to apply the gilding papers. I found it was easier to cut the papers into smaller strips, especially since I was applying them to a curved surface. Once the papers are applied, let sit for 1-2 hours before removing the backing sheet.
4.) When the backing sheet has been removed, go over the gilded areas with a gilding brush to buff away any loose paper pieces.
5.) You may want to protect your finished trinket dish by spraying it with a coat or two of a spray acrylic sealer. If I handled the dish too much, a small amount of dye did rub off on my fingertips.
I experimented a bit with the gilding papers to see which style I liked better – gilding the edge of the dish or accenting some of the design. I prefer the look of just the edge. But if you have a really neat design on your dish, it’d be fun to highlight it with papers!
My husband and I have a running joke that I cannot pass up tiny bowls and trinket dishes – I have quite the collection cropping up all over our house! These Moroccan-style trinket dishes are perfectly sized for holding a few pieces of jewelry on my nightstand or washi tape and office supplies on my desk. I will note that even though I used the dye on the outside of these bowls, I personally would prefer not to serve food in them.
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There for the Making: Summer Challenge
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