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This guest post was written by Stephanie Gerber of Henry Happened.

You know what’s fun to play with? Oven bake clay. I know, you’re probably thinking, not more clay! But you’re only saying that if you haven’t tried it. The rest of us are addicted. Yep, just call me the crazy clay lady. And what’s even more fun? Clay and nail polish. That’s a match made in DIY heaven.

I was thinking of giving these colorful bowls to friends for Mother’s Day gifts. But they are looking so pretty on my new office desk. Maybe I’ll just call it a gift to myself?

To make your own nail polish dipped clay bowls you will need:

  1. Oven bake clay.
  2. Lots of pretty nail polish colors.
  3. A disposable cup or bowl to dip in.
  4. A toothpick to swirl the colors.
  5. Masking tape.

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Instructions: 1. First you need to make a clay bowl. To do that, start by rolling out the clay between sheets of wax paper until the clay is a uniform thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use an oven safe bowl, like small Pyrex one, to shape the clay. Flip the bowl over and mold the clay to the bottom. Trim the clay to the height you want and smooth the edges. Really short bowls are excellent ring bowls while taller ones are good for corralling change or paper clips.

2. Bake the clay and let it cool. Ease it off of the bowl base and tape off the area that you don’t want to dip. This is where it’s fun to experiment. Dip one side, just the bottom, or even the inside. Or do the whole thing!

3. Fill a cup or bowl with room temperature water. Then drip in nail polish. The first couple of drops should spread across the top of the water. If it doesn’t, check the temperature of your water and try again. It’s fun to mix 2-3 colors and swirl them around with a toothpick.

4. Then dip! Straight down into the polish works best. But you can roll it around in the water too if you want to cover more of the bowl.

5. Let the polish dry, remove the tape and fill with the jewelry you’ll be getting for Mother’s Day. Now is definitely a good time to start dropping hints!

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henry-happenedStephanie Gerber spends her days chasing 3 little kiddos in Nashville, TN, and her nights blogging about DIY and style. Check out more handmade chic ideas to look your best and style your nest on her blog Henry Happened.

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29 comments to Make This: Mini Marbled Decorative Bowls for Mother’s Day Click here to reply

wow, love it!

Frances commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 10:26 am

What an amazing idea! I’m so glad you shared this. :)
I’m definitely going to try to make a dozen of these for friends, family, and myself!! They are amazing!
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Laura - RelativelyOffbeat commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 11:33 am

A dozen, huh? That’s awesome Laura. I bet your friends and family will love ‘em.

papernstitch commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

What a great idea! I can’t wait to try this. My mom, sister and I used to use filo dough all the time when we were younger and it was so fun, so I know I’d love making these…a few for me, and a few as gifts :)
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Theresa commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 11:58 am

Awesome Theresa. Let us know how it turns out.

papernstitch commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Check out my marbled mini clay bowls on @papernstitch http://t.co/Hm3XZusMF4

Stephanie Gerber (@henryhappened) commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

These are incredible, Stephanie! RT @henryhappened: Check out my marbled mini clay bowls on @papernstitch http://t.co/vnVX7Ma7D2

@SmartNSnazzy commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Cute!! they look so complicated though. I swear I would mess this up completely. xx. McKenna Lou
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McKenna Ryan commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I don’t think you’d mess it up McKenna. It’s easier than it looks- you can do it. :)

papernstitch commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

How fun. I love little bowls.
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Seriously Sassy Mama commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 3:23 pm

So cute! (I really liked your photos) I am excited to try this, looks like such fun!!

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- Dusty. commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 4:35 pm

RT @henryhappened: Check out my marbled mini clay bowls on @papernstitch http://t.co/Hm3XZusMF4

Brittni Mehlhoff (@papernstitch) commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 4:43 pm

wow!!! it’s amazing idea, thanks!
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Magda commented on April 24th, 2013 at 2:54 am

I can’t wait to try this!!!!! Looks so simple and fun!

Tawny @ Tawny's Tid Bits commented on April 24th, 2013 at 7:04 am

I can’t wait to try this! Adding to my “to do” list! http://t.co/nIMgEpsli1

@tyeager914 commented on April 24th, 2013 at 7:06 am

Awesome!!
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Creative Mind commented on April 24th, 2013 at 7:48 am

So pretty and useful!
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Vivien commented on April 24th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I saw this on Pinterest a few days ago and thought I’d try it today. I haven’t gotten to the color swirl part because I had a problem taking them off the glass bowls. I made 4 and only 1 came off the bowls without breaking completely. I glued the others back together and I’m going to try the color dip in the morning. Did you have trouble getting the clay off the glass bowls? All of mine cracked, some more than others. They weren’t 100% cool, still slightly warm to the touch, but I wouldn’t think it would make that much difference. This is a great idea. I just wonder what I did wrong. :-/

Angie May commented on May 4th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I saw this on Pinterest a few days ago and thought I’d try it today. I haven’t gotten to the color swirl part because I had a problem taking them off the glass bowls. I made 4 and only 1 came off the bowls without breaking completely. I glued the others back together and I’m going to try the color dip in the morning. Did you have trouble getting the clay off the glass bowls? All of mine cracked, some more than others. They weren’t 100% cool, still slightly warm to the touch, but I wouldn’t think it would make that much difference. This is a great idea. I just wonder what I did wrong. :-/

Angie May commented on May 4th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

wow it’s really original, i love your idea! Now I know how I’m going to surprise my mum for her b-day!
Can anyone tell me how do I bake the clay at home?

Lucia commented on July 7th, 2013 at 1:29 am

Your bowl is so cute and original! I’ll try to do it! Thank you!
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These look awesome :))))))
Definitely going to make some for my jewelry or paperclips!

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WOw these are gorgeous and very unique. I’ve never seen this technique used on this medium. Excellent!
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