How to Make a Simple and Inexpensive Trinket Dish


Learn how you can make an easy and cheap trinket dish in one afternoon. It is beautiful, functional and so simple to create.

Lisa from Life on Merlin brings you this awesome trinket dish that uses inexpensive materials and can be made in one afternoon. Whether you call it a trinket dish, jewelry dish, or a bowl for your rings, this is a really fun craft to make.

Simple & Inexpensive Trinket Dish

As soon as I get home, all my jewelry has to come off. I’m not sure what entering the house does, but I cannot wear jewelry in the house! So off it goes…a ring on the counter, another in the bathroom and a bracelet on my jewelry box. Then, the next day, we have a frantic search to find all the jewelry to put it back on. A vicious cycle!

A Trinket Dish – Easy Place to Store rings & Jewelry

I really don’t think you can have too many trinket dishes. They’re really nice to have around the house and in places that collect stuff. At least you can look in all the trinket dishes when you can’t find a piece of jewelry!

DIY Trinket Dish

There is something therapeutic about making a project. It reminds me of being a kid and creating something for my Mom on Mother’s Day or working on a project in art class. It’s calming and fun to transform an object into something functional and pretty.

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Supplies Needed:

This is what you will need when you make your own trinket dish.

  • Small bowl, plate, or saucer
  • Gloss White Spray Paint
  • Glass Stones
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Paint Marker
Trinket Dish Base

DIY Trinket Dish Directions

Just follow these instructions and the photos and you’ll be able to make your own.

1. Find a base for your trinket dish

This is the awesome base to my trinket dish. The best thing is that I didn’t pay one cent for it. Yep…it was free! I found it in a free basket at a local thrift store.

Trinket Dish Spray Painted

2. Spray paint the base white

I spray painted the wooden base with Gloss White Spray Paint. It took about 3 coats but I did leave some of the wood grain showing to add some interesting character.

Trinket Dish Glass Stones

3. Glue glass stones to the base

I already had a bag of glass stones so I chose some to glue around the trinket dish base. I tried to not be symmetrical but I couldn’t help it! Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue was what I used to fasten the stones. The good thing about this glue is that you can move the stones a bit for adjustment while it’s still wet. But once it dries, they are really secure.


4. Add Decorative trim

Next, I decided it needed a little more decorating so I outlined the edge of the trinket dish with a gold paint marker. I love the way it looks!

That’s it. You can even paint a little photo to the bottom of the dish or glue a monogram on it. Feel free to make it your own.

Trinket Dish

What’s Next?

While you’re here, be sure to check out other home decor ideas for Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® –

Post updated October 2019.

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