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Diy cactus ring holder

cactus diy

I think it's safe to say that anyone who has ever owned any jewelry probably knows the struggle of trying to store and organize it. Finding a solution that both looks good and keeps your jewelry easily accessible and tangle free can be challenging, especially if you don't want your jewelry collection to take up too much space.

Personally I've been struggling with this pretty much my entire life. When I was a child, my collection mostly consisted of cheap plastic necklaces that I harvested from Disney magazines and gift bags at my friends' birthday parties. My storage method for those was "the ball" aka a giant knot made up of all those plastic necklaces. The knot kept getting worse and worse until it became impossible to solve and I ended up throwing them all alway. Nowadays I still mostly own cheap "trash jewelry", as my grandmother used to call it, but at least I care a bit more about keeping it organized.

Today I want to share with you this little project that I made to help me organize my rings. This is a fairly easy project that should be suitable even for those with very little experience in crafting.


Here's what you need for this project:

  • About 60cm of wire. It should be sturdy but also easy to bend. 
  • One whole pack (56g) of Fimo (or any other brand of polymer clay that you prefer using)
  • Enamel paint. Use any colors you like, I chose white and gold. 
    • Alternatively: if you don't want to use enamel pain, you can also use acrylic paint which is easier and safer to use.
  • Tinfoil
You will also need an oven to bake the polymer clay in (just a regular kitchen oven) and something to protect your table from the clay and paint.

Let's get started!

Step 1.

Start by bending your wire to form a basic shape for your cactus. A good height for this is about 10cm or less. You can make it bigger if you want, but you may need more than one pack of clay. If you don't like cacti, you could also make a tree or perhaps an animal. Use your imagination!

Once you've created your "skeleton" it's time to give it some body. Carefully wrap tinfoil around the wire shape and crunch it down to create a firm core for your cactus. The reason behind this step is that making the insides of the cactus out of tinfoil saves a lot of clay. Alternatively, you can skip this step and just use clay, but you'll need about twice as much of it! It is also easier to get the clay to stick to the wrinkly tinfoil than straight onto the wire.

Next you'll want to give your cactus a nice surface! Warm the clay by rolling and molding it between your hands so it becomes easier to work with.
Tip: it helps to work with smaller pieces at a time rather than trying to mold the whole block at once!

You'll only need about 2/3 of the clay pack for this step, and the rest you should save for later!
Roll the clay into thin snakes and wrap those around the cactus shape. Carefully smooth out the clay and mold it around the core to create a nice even surface. Don't worry about it being perfect, a few lumps here and there give it that unique, handmade look!

Step 2.

Once you're happy with the way your cactus is looking, flatten out the bottom of it to make it easier to connect it to the base later.
Next it's time to make the base for your ring holder. Take almost all of your remaining clay (but not all of it! You'll need to save some for later!) and mold it into a ball. Flatten the ball under a flat bottomed objet to create a circular base. The base piece should be about 5mm thick and 5cm in diameter.

Bake both the cactus and the circle for about 15 minutes in 110°C (this may differ if you are using a different brand of clay than Fimo. In that case, read the package)

Let both pieces cool completely.

Take the last piece of clay and mold it into a snake. place the cactus on top of the base and hold it there. Wrap the snake around the bottom of the cactus and press it down to connect the two pieces together. Continue to mold and smooth out the seam until it blends seamlessly in with the pre-baked pieces. Make sure the cactus won't fall over once you let go of it. If your cactus doesn't feel secure enough, add some more clay.

Bake the whole thing for another 15 min. (or according to your clay brand's directions)

Let cool completely.

Step 3.

Now it's time for the really fun part! Decide what color you want your ring holder to be and go to town! You can go for a very minimal look like I did or you can use all the colors of the rainbow and make your cactus exactly how you like.


I used enamel paint for this project, because it has a beautiful shine that almost makes the finished product look like a ceramic sculpture instead of polymer clay. Enamel paint is also very opaque and durable, so it won't start chipping later on.
The cons of enamel paint however are, that it is quite toxic and also difficult to use. The consistency of the paint is thick and greasy and it's very difficult to wash off off your hands or anywhere else you may accidentally get it. Cleaning your paintbrush after this is also next to impossible unless you want to buy a separate product made for that. I just used an old dried up brush that I don't care about.
If you are a beginner with paint or you just don't want to deal with messy materials, I would suggest using acrylic paint instead. Acrylic paint is available in both matte and glossy finishes and should work just as fine for this project.

From here on out you can really paint your cactus whatever way you'd like, so instead of telling you what to do I'm just going to tell you what I did.

I started by painting the whole thing with an even coat of white enamel paint. The paint is so thick you can even use a popsicle stick (or something similar) to spread it if you don't want to ruin a paintbrush. As I said above, I used an old already dried up brush that I don't mind ruining. The cool thing about this paint is that it sort of smooths its self out. you can just sort of guide it with the brush and it will drip into a smooth even surface with no visible brushstrokes.

Next I let my cactus dry for a whole 24 hours before touching it again. Enamel paint can take a really long time to dry.

Once my first coat was dry, I added some cactus spikes (or I guess they look more like sprinkles, don't they?) with gold enamel paint. For some reason the gold paint dries in about 30 minutes, which is ridiculously fast compared to the white one that I used.

cactus ring holder

Once the paint was dry, my ring holder was finished! I am very pleased with the outcome, I think it adds a really cute touch to my vanity table and keeps my rings organized.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it for you. As always, if you have any question or comments, please feel free to either comment down below or contact me on social media.

If you end up trying out this project by yourself please share it with me on instagram (@ittybittydaydream) or twitter (@ittybittydaydre) by tagging me into the post.
I would love to see your version of this!

With love,


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