If you asked us to name the one thing we couldn't live without when it comes to interior designing and styling, we'd have just one word for you (OK, maybe two): catchall containers! These sweet little dishes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and can be used on practically any tabletop in your home to corral things like your favorite statement earrings, keys, or even an air plant or two. Keep scrolling to watch us turn air-dry clay into a cool, minimalist catchall dish of our own (with just 30 minutes of hands-on DIY activity).
Carefully cut all the way through the traced line you marked on top of the clay slab, again using your skewer or needle tool. Remove the excess clay and add it back to the air-dry clay bag to be reused in a later project (see below for some other DIY ideas). You should now be left with an ovular clay shape.
Use both hands to gently pinch and squeeze the outer edge of the clay to turn it upward. This forms your dish.
If you want your catchall dish to have the same textural look as ours, gently push your fingertips along the entire top surface of your clay dish. You don't want to push too hard — just enough to create a gentle indented texture across the dish's surface. Once you're happy with the shape, smooth the top cut edge of the dish with your finger and a little bit of water.
Flip the finished dish over, and cover it loosely with plastic wrap. Place the dish (cutting board and all!) in a cool, dry area to cure overnight. The next day, gently flip the dish over and cover loosely with plastic wrap again. Wait an additional 24 hours, then uncover, and let the dish harden uncovered for as long as it needs to. The full drying time will depend on the humidity in your home, so just be diligent in checking it. Once the surface no longer feels overly cool or soft to the touch, you're ready to move on to the next step.