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Tutorial: Bird Jewelry Dish

12 February 2013 4,476 views 7 Comments

by morena

Dollar store craft: bird jewelry tray

I realize that many of you are snowed in right now, but I'm ready for spring!  Flowers, birds, and butterflies in pastel colors are hitting the shelves.  This is when Dollar Tree seems to get a lot of adorable bird figurines in stock, and I like to buy a LOT of them to craft with.  For today's project, I'm using a Dollar Tree bird and platter to make a jewelry dish that looks like it cost more than $2 to make!

Dollar store craft: DIY Jewelry Dish

Project estimate:

  • Bird figurine, $1
  • Platter, $1
  • Glue, on hand
  • Paint, on hand
  • Glaze, on hand or $2

Total:  $2 and up

Jewelry dish tutorial

To make your own jewelry dish:

Step one:  Glue the bird onto the platter.  (I purchased both items at Dollar Tree).

Step two:  Prime and paint the platter.  I used Krylon's Ivory spray paint.

Step three:  Brush the glaze onto the bird, then wipe off the excess with a towel.  Repeat until the entire project is covered.  If you make a mistake, wet a clean brush and wipe off the excess glaze.  (I used DecoArt's Renaissance Brown Metallic Glaze.)

Jewelry Dish DIY

If this dish is going to get heavy use, you may want to seal it with a finishing spray.  I think it would make a cute bird feeder, too, if you added a pedestal.  You could even make your jewelry dish in other colors to match your decor.  There are so many possibilities with this project!  What will your jewelry dish look like?

Dollar Tree Jewelry Dish DIY

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  • Cat said:

    Cute! I’m in Hamden, CT, worst-hit town in the state. I’m thinking a penguin in the center would be appropriate! lol

  • Dawn said:

    So adorable!!

  • Gail said:

    I love how you make everything from the dollar store look expensive! That bird looks amazing!

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  • Tina said:

    Hi There!
    Thanks for such a cute tutorial. I am having a terrible time finding the birds. Any ideas where else to find them? Or maybe the exact link on the Dollar Tree website?

    Thanks so much!

  • morena (author) said:

    They can be hard to find and seem to sell out fast. I rotate between three DTs and stock up when I see birds. Keep checking, as the spring merchandise is still coming out. Otherwise, try etsy or thrift stores. Good luck!