Sweet Little Ring Bowl Tutorial – The Perfect Gift

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The art of giving has always been close to my heart.  There is nothing quite like finding the perfect gift.  Choosing the wrapping with care, a ribbon that is cool and soft to the touch and the ideal card, to not only hint at what’s to come, but to compliment it.  To me, the whole process is part of the beauty of giving a gift.  From the tissue, to the ribbon, to the box, it’s all part of the experience of receiving.   There was a reason I was paid, starting at a very young age and stretching to this day, to wrap all of our family’s Christmas gifts; even my own which were marked carefully so that I knew not to peak into the box of the ones that were mine.   Clearly I was also a strict rule follower, but I digress.  The only thing I love more than finding the perfect gift, is making the perfect gift.  It takes time and thought and as you slowly and methodically craft, your mind wanders almost in a meditative state.  You think of the receiver, the times you have shared, your relationship, the joy, the time that has passed and all the many moments spent together.  All of this thought, all of this love, is woven into the gift; not unlike the seamstresses who did the detail work on Princess Diana’s wedding gown wove a strand of her hair into the hem of her gown, you are weaving your love into the gift.

This Sweet little ring bowl is one of my favorite gifts to give.  It is perfect for the newly engaged, the newly wed, or really anyone who has the need of a darling little bowl to keep treasures.  For you DIY brides out there would be lovely to use in place of a ring pillow, it’s sweet, it’s whimsical, and it is something that you can set on your nightstand or by your powder room sink as a constant reminder of your wedding day~ really it cannot get more lovely. * As a bonus, it is so easy! You could easily craft this with your children to teach them the beautiful art of giving.

* To use in a wedding you could stamp out small holes to lace gold or silver thread through for securing the rings for that long walk down the aisle.

You will need

  • A non-serrated knife
  • A rolling pin
  • Small dishes for stencils
  • Small dishes for molds
  • Acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Gold leaf leaves
  • Fine sand paper
  • Mod Podge

 

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Steps

1. Roll out a piece of clay on a smooth surface until it’s around 3mm thick and slightly larger than your dish mold.

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2. Place your stencil dish upturned on the clay. Cut around the dish.

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3. Carefully peel off the excess clay.

4. Lay the leaves on the clay in whatever pattern makes your heart happy.

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5. With firm and even pressure roll over the leaves with your rolling pin.

6. Carefully remove the leaves.

7. Very gently peel the clay circle off the surface.

8. Place the clay circle inside a shallow bowl and gently press into its curves to use as a mold. Allow to dry as directed on the packaging.

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9. When dry, remove from the bowl. Turn upside down and set-aside for a few hours to ensure it is completely dry

10. If there are any rough edges, lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper.

11.  Paint the bowl with paint if desired; I used zinc white.

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12.  Allow paint to dry.

13. Select one of the leaves you used as a stencil on the impression it made and sweep one side with Mod Podge glue.  Place the leaf down on it’s own impression and gently paint more Mod Podge over the top.

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14. Allow to dry thoroughly.

15. Wrap and present.

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Happy gifting!

Marcella-bioMarcella began cooking early, learning from her self-taught mom who prepared brilliant meals nightly. At thirteen, cooking on a Ranch, she learned how to get creative in the kitchen. With an eye for the beautiful, a growing palate, and keen organizing skills she soon began hosting parties and catering events. Moving to New York she was graced to have worked with some of the best interior designers in the city. Taking these skills to the Internet with Marcella Rose’s she shares her passion and innovation hoping to inspire the modern woman.

Blog: www.marcellaroses.com

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