DIY Air Dry Clay Coffin Jewelry Dish

October 19, 2022

A red and black coffin jewelry dish made out of air dry clay.

Hi there! I wanted to make something out of air dry clay for Halloween and I decided to make a coffin jewelry dish.

It was easy to make and it didn't take that long for me to make it. That's not including the drying time because I let dry for a few days before painting it.

You can make it any size and color that you want. I painted the sides on mine black and the bottom of the dish red.

Now to learn how to make this DIY you can watch the video below to learn how to make it and two other Halloween DIYs. It starts at about 1:54.

What you'll need is:

Air dry clay
Rolling pin
Parchment paper
Plastic wrap
Acrylic paint

How To Make The Base

1. To start making the base, you want to start out by making a coffin template by drawing and cutting the template out of a piece of paper. Also if you want to make it even on all sides, you can fold the paper in half and trim it.

2. When you're done cutting out the template, you can make the base of your coffin out of air dry clay and you want to start out by rolling a piece of air dry clay in between two pieces of parament paper.

The thickness of my base is about a 1/4 of an inch but you can make it as thick as you want.

3. When you like the thickness of your clay, you want to place your template in the clay.

4. Then you can carefully cut the excess clay off. Make sure you keep this extra clay because you're going to use this clay later so keep it flat.

5. After you're done cutting of the excess clay, you can take the template off of the clay and then you can smooth out the sides with your finger.

The measurements for the base of my coffin dish is around 4 1/2 by 3 inches.

How To Make The Sides

To make the sides of the coffin, you want to use the excess clay you had earlier or you can get new clay and roll it out.

1.  You can roll it out to any thickness and height that you want. I tried to keep the thickness of my sides at about 1/8 of an inch and the height at about 3/4 of an inch.

2. After you roll out the clay to the thickness that you want, you can cut out a rectangle of clay that's going to be taller than your base.

3. When you're done creating one side for your coffin, you want to repeat the same steps until you have enough clay to go around the coffin. Something you can do is that you can use the first side as a template to create more.

How To Attach The Sides

1. To attach of your sides, you can start by scoring one of the longest sides of the base and you also want to score a piece of clay where you want it to attach to the base.

2. When you're done scoring your clay, you want to put water of the scored part of the clay.

3. Then you want to press the side on the base and cut off the excess clay.

4. When you're done with the first side, you want to repeat the steps 1 - 3 for the other long side.

5. Now you want to attach the shortest end and you want to follow the steps 1 - 3.

6. After you followed those steps, you'll have to blend the corners together by taking water and blending the clay together with your finger.

7. Once your done with the shortest side, you want to follow all of the steps 1, 2, 3, and 6 for all of the remaining sides.

You want to start with the two last identical sides and then you want to attach the last side next to those two sides.

How To Finish Your Coffin Dish

1. Once you're done attaching all of the sides, you want to take the coffin carefully off of the parchment paper and place it on a piece of plastic wrap.

2. Then you can fix anything you don't like with water and you also want to make sure the sides are standing up straight. If you can't get the inside corners to look how you want them to, you can try using a tip of a knife with water on it to smooth out the corners.

3. When you like how your coffin dish looks, you want to let the clay dry according to the clay instructions.

4. After the clay is dry, you can paint the coffin any color that you want and when it's dry you're all done.

I painted mine black and later I decided to paint the bottom of the dish red.

Here's a few pictures of how my coffin jewelry dish turned out.

The top of a red and black coffin jewelry dish.

The side of a coffin jewelry dish.

A coffin jewelry dish with a ring on it.

What do think about this coffin jewelry dish idea?

I love how mine turned out and I also love the colors I chose for it. I think if I made it again I would make it pink and black or I would make a design on the base of the coffin.

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