DIY Monstera Leaf Catch-All Dish

DIY Monstera Leaf Catch-All Dish

All hail the almighty Monstera, am I right? People go bananas over this plant and I have to admit, as do I. Is it just me or is it physically impossible to resist anything Monstera related? It’s definitely on trend this year but it’s a pretty timeless houseplant too so I wanted to hop on the bandwagon and create a ring/jewelry/catch-all dish in the shape of the ever-popular Monstera. Without further ado, let’s get started!

FYI: This dish is not supposed to look like the perfectly-shaped pottery ones. They’re intentionally a little quirky and organic looking, which I think is a better fit the DIY factor of this fun project.

Okay to get started, you’ll need these supplies:

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Supplies

- Air-dry OR oven-bake clay (I used air dry for this tutorial)
- Sculpey Glaze
- Paint Brushes
- X-Acto Blade
- Sandpaper
- Acrylic Paint
- Monstera Stencil
(I made my own stencil, you can download it here!)

STEP 1
Download, print and cut out my Monstera stencil onto a piece of cardstock (or you can make your own stencil or freehand if you fancy like that).

STEP 2
Pull off a big chunk of clay and kneed the ball of clay in your hands until its warm and pliable. Using a rolling pin or something oblong shaped, roll your clay flat into a large oval. I was shooting for around 1/4 inch thick of clay, if it is too thin, your leaf will break apart really easily so keep it thick.

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Roll out your clay

STEP 3
Place the stencil over top your clay and trace entire shape with the butt end of your paintbrush or a pencil, including the holes. This way you have a nice outline of the shape to help you cut!

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Place your stencil and trace away

STEP 4
Remove the stencil and proceed to cut the shape out with an x-acto knife or butter knife. Remove the extra clay and store for your next project.

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Cut out your leaf

STEP 5
Once you have your shape cut out, clean up your edges a bit with your knife. You don’t need to go too crazy, you will sandpaper it down later. tip: use water to smooth out your edges!

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Clean up your edges

STEP 6
Place your Monstera leaf (carefully!) into a round object such as a mixing bowl or Tupperware. Basically you are just looking for something in your house that is large and curved to give the dish a little bit of a leaf curl effect. Let it dry for 24 hours at least, I left mine in the bowl for around 36 hours. If you are using oven-bake clay, bake according to your clay’s packaging in an oven-safe dish for the curl effect. Let it cool in the same dish you baked it in.

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Place into a round mold or bowl

STEP 7
Grab that sandpaper and clean up your leaf. I sanded down all the sides and inside the holes to give it a clean appearance. I noticed once it dried completely the clay kind of shifted a bit so the sandpaper really helps, I wouldn’t skip this step.

STEP 8
Paint that bad boy! Go traditional with a deep green or be bold and try a gold or maybe a pale pink. Artists discretion - go nuts! Glaze the front face of the leaf and rims but you don’t need to glaze the bottom.

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Paint + glaze it up

Voila! You are done! Now it is time to marvel at your awesome DIY-ness. Put your knick knacks in it, some jewelry or place it next to your front door and place your keys in it. Whatever you wanna do, do it!

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