Thursday, January 3, 2013

Paper Mache Giraffe Ring Dish

Delightfully DIY: Paper Mache Ring Dish

A few weeks ago I had this sudden inspiration for a project with sequins (I honestly have no idea what it was now). I walked a couple blocks to our local fabric store, thinking surely they would have them, and was pretty shocked to find there wasn't a single sequin in sight. Then I remembered we live in Brooklyn now, where it can be super irritating and time consuming to find something that in most other places would just require a quick trip to Michaels. (Ok, I've probably never accomplished only spending a few minutes in Michaels, but you get the idea).

I didn't have time to go all around looking for something silly like sequins, but I thought I would make a last-ditch effort and went into a toy/party store. 10 minutes later I came out with no sequins and 20 miniature plastic animals. I have no idea why! I've been seeing tons of cute DIYs with them on Pinterest forever now and figured I would come up with something. (Hubs was understandably confused when he came home later and I had them sitting on our coffee tables hoping they would inspire me to do something with them).

Anyways - as I was unpacking my jewelry bag from my Florida trip the other day I realized that the giraffe, and his super long neck, would be perfect for holding rings! I'm super excited with how it turned out. Now I just need something else to do with the other 19 animals.

I forgot to take a picture of all the supplies, but here is what you will need:
- scraps of paper (I used magazine pages)
- white glue
- a dish or something to use as a mold (wrapped in plastic wrap)
- white craft paint
- gold liquid leaf (I used the classic gold color)
- paintbrush you don't mind throwing away
- small plastic giraffe
- white paint pen
- E6000 glue
- clear glossy varnish

Start by finding a small dish (or my other idea was to use the bottom of a small round pyrex storage container) to use for the shape of the bottom piece. Cover it with plastic wrap. Then, dip the paper strips into the glue mixture and start making layers. I think I finished with like 5 or 6 layers. For my paper mache glue 'recipe' I just mixed Elmer's white glue with a little water (I think it was less water than glue).

Let your paper mache dry for a day. Then, remove it from the dish and trim the edges with scissors to make a nice circle shape.

Cover it with a couple layers of white paint (both on the top and bottom). When the white is fully dry, use the liquid leaf to paint the top of the dish gold. I used a super cheap paintbrush for the liquid leaf because it's oil based and unless you have mineral spirits around to clean your brush it will be ruined.

Next, paint the giraffe in a coat of liquid leaf. It dries pretty quickly, but for some reason when I painted the giraffe it was still a little sticky long after it should have been dry. I put a coat of clear varnish on it and problem solved!

The gold leaf on the dish should be dry at this point. Use a paint pen (or some paint and the eraser on the back of a pencil would work) and start making a random confetti-polka dot pattern. Once this dries, cover the dish with a coat of clear varnish.

Put a drop of E-6000 glue on the bottom of each of the giraffe's feet (I did this with a toothpick) and glue the giraffe to the center of the plate. Let it dry overnight.

Delightfully DIY: Paper Mache Giraffe Ring Dish
All done and ready for jewelry storage! Isn't it cute?

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  1. No way! I can't believe you MADE that! It's magnificent... :)

    x Crystelle

  2. How fun! That is really cool. Thanks for linking up to my link party! :)

  3. Such a cute idea! Just shared it on

  4. Wow such a cute idea! My goal for 2014 is to find a better way to display and organize jewerly

  5. Where did you find the giraffe? How tall is the giraffe? I think this is a great idea. I would love to try and make them for my bridal shower favors.

  6. Cute idea! I'm doing a jewelry organization round up. Would you mind if I use a photo of your project and include a link back to your original post? Thanks!