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How to make a ring dish.

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This diy ring dish is so quick and easy to make, so adorable to have, and so incredible awesome to give!. All in all…you NEED this in your life in some fashion. And after you see how to make it you will be wondering why on earth you haven’t made one for your grandma or aunt before. This Christmas will be the year of awesome gift giving! Gold is the highest fashion this year (although my gilded bookends were last year…ahead of the trends, I am!) so, sit back and glory in the new knowledge you have…the knowledge of how to make a gold ring dish!!

A diy ring dish that is so quick and easy to make with a thrift store dish and knick-knack. This would make a great gift!

The CUTEST little ring dish you ever did see…right!! And it’s so easy. Here are the materials you need..

materials needed to make your own diy ring dish


  • super glue
  • paint (might I suggest gold?)
  • knickknack
  • dish

Let’s talk about these materials for a bit. There is no right or wrong to what you choose. You want to find a knickknick that fits nicely with the dish and stands up a bit. It can be a cow, a bell, a tree…or a man :). As long as it’s fairly skinny, and not too wide that it covers your dish. If you can find a deer with antlers…how cool would that be (rings could go on the antlers!)! And, if your figurines don’t match that doesn’t matter …because you will be painting it anyways!

diy ring dish step2

Glueing is just that…glueing. Nothing fancy about this. I would recommend that you just watch that you don’t glob so much glue on that it seaps out from under the figurine and creates a yucky edge. Hold it firmly for a minute or so and then let dry.

diy ring dish step3

After your dish is dry…take the paint to it!! More coats with less coverage is better than heavy coverage and less coats. Truly! Let dry in between coats!

The gold paint I used is awesome because it dries very quickly in between coats (remember, thinner coats!) allowing me to reapply quickly after!

diy jewelry dish

That’s truly it! It is so easy to make this sweet dish.

I think this is a wonderful gift idea! You can customize it however you like, exactly the way you know the recipient would like it! DIY ring dish= happy Christmas gift giving!



Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Kellea

    March 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    do you find that the paint stays on well or does it eventually chip? does it need a lacquer of some sort?

    • Nellie

      March 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      You know, I haven’t had it chip at all yet. I’ve had mine about 2 years?

  2. Dennyse G

    February 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Love this idea …im going to make these for Mother’s Day gifts and maybe a handmade bracelet and ring …love the one legged sea Captain… BT, where did you get him?

    • Nellie

      February 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      He was just a trinket I picked up at the local thrift store. Head to a thrift store, flea market, or garage sale they often have little knick knacks for .25 or so.

  3. vanessa van dusen

    May 6, 2014 at 6:22 am

    way too cool girl! you rock!!!

  4. Maureen Thomas

    January 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I just found a silver 3″ elephant with it’s truck extended to hold rings at Francesca’s, it will work perfect for this project. Adding a dish will make is genius !Thanks for a great project!

    • miznelliebellie

      January 26, 2014 at 11:15 am

      What fun! I was looking for an elephant when I wanted to do this dish. I thought it owuld be perfect as well!! Can’t wait to see it!

  5. felicia

    November 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm


    • miznelliebellie

      November 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      good luck!!! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  6. Chrissy

    November 4, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Very cute! I love the gold paint you picked to use, very pretty! I’m off to find things to spray paint now! :) Have a great week!

  7. val

    November 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you soooo much, he is adorable

  8. rdukes

    October 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    That is so stinkin’ cute. I would NEVER have thought to do that but I just love how fun and quirky it is. Awesome gift idea!

    • miznelliebellie

      October 31, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Thank you! And you would have thought of it, you are clever clever :)

  9. Lisa Huff Kroll

    October 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Janel, that is beyond adorable and so clever!! Great photos too. You rock!! Lisa

  10. Malia

    October 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Ok this is utterly adorable! Clever girl! Your little captain looks quite at home on his scallop edged shell! So gonna make this!

  11. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    October 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Stop The cuteness! What a super idea! And Gorgeous Photo!

  12. Meeha Meeha

    October 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

    A Nellie Bellie classic: original, funky but also so easy to make (even if painting in a box doesn’t sound like too much fun)

    • miznelliebellie

      October 31, 2013 at 6:34 am

      Painting in a box is not terribly fun, but painting in the cold is worse. Thanks Meeha!

  13. Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    October 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    You clever kiddo, you!! Totally pinning!


  14. Kristyn

    October 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    LOVE this!! Great idea!!

  15. Jacque

    October 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    What a great idea! You are one smart cookie!!

  16. Debbie refresh restyle

    October 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Love it :) pinning!

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