DIY Pineapple Ring Dish


I originally wrote a super clever (well, to me) intro to this post. But it was all about the 4th of July, and obviously I didn’t end up getting this published in time.

So let’s skip the intro, ok? We’re all just in it for the projects anyways.

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake

This ring dish is so so easy to make—you don’t have to sculpt or anything, all you need is a jumbo cookie cutter and polymer clay!

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish

Skill Level: Easy Peasy

Time: 1 hour-ish, plus drying time if you use paint

What You Need:

Note: I used a big 1lb block of polymer clay since I knew I would be making multiple ring dishes, but if you want to make just one or two, 2 of those standard 3 oz. packs will be enough.

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What You Do:

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake

Step One – Cut off a chunk of clay and make a ball somewhere between the size of a plum and a tennis ball. Warm the clay in your hands and roll it around so it becomes easier to work with.

Step Two – Flatten the ball of clay into a pancake, then roll it out until it’s roughly 1/4″ thick and a little bigger than the cookie cutter. You can be all fancy with a crafting rolling pin if you want, but an empty beer bottle works just as well.

Step Three – Cut out the pineapple shape with the cookie cutter.  Keep the clay scraps and any leftover clay sealed in a baggie to stay useable for up to a year. Go ahead and preheat your oven to the temperature on the clay package.

Step Four – Gently use your fingers to widen the clay pineapple enough so it will sit on top of the cookie cutter (the cookie cutter will be the “mold” for the bowl). The best way to do this is to start in the middle and pull the clay out towards the sides, being careful not to let it get too thin.

Step Five – Place the clay pineapple on top of the cookie cutter. Form a bowl or dish shape by pushing the middle down and molding the edges over the sides of the cookie cutter, so that the clay kind of hangs there and stays in place. You can make the bowl as deep or as shallow as you want. I didn’t photograph this step in a very illustrative way, so hopefully this description makes sense!

Step Six – Dip your finger in the cup of water and gently smooth out any bumps and fingerprints. Take your time with this step, as it’s much harder to remove them after the clay has been baked. But don’t go crazy either, perfection is overrated.

Step Seven – Bake the whole thing, cookie cutter and all, according to package directions (usually 15 minutes for every 1/4″ of thickness). If you have a toaster oven, this is the perfect time to use it! Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool. It will still feel a little soft when it’s warm, but will harden during cooling.

**Note: After being baked and cooled, the polymer clay will still be a wee bit flexible. Not enough that you could reshape it without breaking it, but just don’t be alarmed if it feels a little “bendy,” it’s supposed to be that way!

Step Eight – (optional, not pictured because clay dust and cameras don’t mix) Lightly sand the dish with fine grit sandpaper to smooth it out. You can skip this step if you want, I just had to make mine extra fancy-looking for the photos, ’cause I’m totally profesh.

Step Nine – Decorate! I used spray paint and a paint pen to embellish my pineapples, then finished with a clear satin spray to give them a nice sheen. Clearly I adored Hello Lidy’s Swiss Cross Pineapple so much that I had to make my own! And how could I resist another chance to color-block something?

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake

And that’s it! Toss some jewelry in there and display. It would also make a perfect coin/key catchall for your boyfriend to dump all his stuff in when he walks in the door (no more excuses, A.).

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake

This pendant is a project too! DIY Color-Blocked Triangle Earrings

DIY Pineapple Ring Dish || Idle Hands Awake And now for something a little different—my neighbor was curious the other day how I had space to make everything look so nice in my final project photos, so I thought it’d be fun to give you guys a peek behind the scenes. This is the chaos I bring into our home whenever I’m working on a project:

Behind the Scenes || Idle Hands Awake

Behind the Scenes || Idle Hands Awake

Cropping is a blogger’s best friend.

Author: Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Maker, baker, cat momma, total nerd, perpetually covered in glitter/sawdust/paint. Blogging DIY and design for modern creatives.

61 comments on “DIY Pineapple Ring Dish”

  1. Good lord there’s such a thing as a 5″ pineapple cookie cutter. This is such an amazing idea.
    Boyfriend’s foot can be cropped out, true! My boyfriend tends to block the light = no forgiveness.

  2. 1. This idea is so stinking cute. I LOVE it!
    2. Must find a pineapple shaped cookie cutter immediately so I can make pineapple shaped EVERYTHING.
    3. LOVE your behind the scenes photos. Sometimes when I take food photos I laugh about how I’ve managed to clear a 2×2 foot space for photos but the rest of my kitchen is a nightmare! Cropping is totally a blogger’s best friend!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

    1. Thank you Becca! Amazon has MANY pineapple-shaped cookie cutters, you will go bananas when you see! And I’m so glad and amused at how the behind-the-scenes shots have resonated with other bloggers…if our readers only knew how disastrous our homes really were, haha! xoxo

  3. These are adorable! I ordered the supplies and I’m going to make this dish for my bestie, who loves pineapples. And I got extra clay so I can make one for myself too 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know you were having trouble with this, and sorry for the bombardment–this has been a popular post! 🙂 I’ve removed your email address from the subscription. Let me know if for whatever reason it doesn’t work. Cheers!

  5. That is adorable. I have several large cookie cutters. These would be a perfect gift for office mates. What type of paint, other than you mentioned paint pens and spray paint, did you use? anything specific? did you seal them with a spray (matte or glossy) in anyway?

    1. Thank you so much! The baked clay is really versatile as far as paint goes. I used Rustoleum spray paint because I had it on hand and spray paint dries so fast. The paint pens were oil-based paint pens that I picked up at my local craft store. I believe the Sharpie brand makes ones you can buy online. But feel free to use any kind of craft paint you have handy! I did seal my dishes with a clear satin spray paint–again, any brand should really be fine. Hope that helps!

  6. Love this idea. .. think I’m going to get a snowman cookie cutter and use it for Christmas as gifts and add a small bar of soap so they can use it as a soap dish for the season. .. this idea will come in handy for any season. .. thanks for the inspiration. …

  7. I really loved this idea! Especially as a thrifty crafter!

    I went and got the poymer clay and used a star shape for my bowl.

    I was wondering if the bowl is supposed to become rock hard or stay a little flexible. My bowl was baked for the right amount of time (and I even put it in again) and it dried in the correct form, but it had a slight flexibility to it. The bowl doesn’t move tooooo much, but it is a little flexibile.

    Is this expected? Or in other words….what did I do wrong?

    Thanks so much! Loved doing it!

    1. Chelsea – yay! I’m so glad you liked and MADE the project! That’s the best compliment a DIY blogger can get. 🙂

      To answer your question, yes, when polymer clay has been baked it still remains a tiny bit flexible. You did everything right! Sorry I didn’t mention it in the tutorial; I am updating that now!

      Thanks a million! xoxo

      1. Awesome! Thank you so much for letting me know! I am going to make more (now and forever) because it was so easy to do. You were right!

        I’m going to take photos of my next one it and link your tutorial on my little craft blog on Tumblr, Chelseascrap.

        Thanks again for the fun and awesome craft idea!

  8. Hello Marlene,
    I made the pineapple dish.. and it came out awesome . However, I used Krylon satin clear
    Spray on it. It has been about 11 hours and it still feels a little sticky. What kind of clear spray
    Did you use? Also can I salvage my dish or did I ruin it. Thankyou

    1. Hi Cory! Thanks so much for making the project, I LOVE hearing that! If you’re having trouble with the spray paint staying tacky, it could be that you initially sprayed too thick a coat, or that it was too humid, or too cold. Spray paint can be a bit finicky, I’m afraid! I used Krylon satin clear for this project as well—it worked fine in this case, but I’ve had trouble with it for other projects.

      I think you can definitely salvage the dish, don’t give up hope! I would try using a very fine sandpaper (180 or finer), and GENTLY sand the surface to just get rid of the outer layer of spray paint. Dust the piece off well and then try spraying again. Use extremely light coats, think of “dusting” it with just a breath of paint, and let it dry about 15 minutes between each coat. Make sure you’re spraying in an environment that meets the temperature/humidity restrictions on the spray paint bottle. After the final coat, let it dry 24 hours and see how it goes.

      I hope that helps, let me know how it works out! Good luck!


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