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DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for DIY Wedding Gifts or DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

DIY Ring Holder for DIY Wedding Gifts or A DIY Valentine’s Day Gift for Her

Learn how to make a hand carved tree stump DIY ring holder. This super cute, rustic ring holder makes lovely DIY wedding gifts. Or gift it as a DIY Valentine’s day gift for her! This is a fun air dry clay craft project for couples and newlyweds.

DIY Ring Holder. How to make DIY wedding gifts or a DIY Valentine's day gift for her using air dry clay to craft a unique hand carved tree stump ring holder. Customized for the couple or newlyweds, this DIY clay ring holder features a carved heart with the couples initials carved inside. Just like a real tree carving to show their undying love! Try this air dry clay craft project to create unique handmade gifts for loved ones year round for special occasions or holidays.

Since spring is wedding season, I thought it’d be neat to make a ring holder for married couples. So I used some of the White Das Air Hardening Clay I had left over from my American Horror Story Inspired DIY Project from February and clay pottery modeling tools to create this cute, handmade carved tree stump DIY ring holder. The design of this DIY ring holder was inspired by the printable gift wrap and gift tags that I made back in December 2011. I simply took that design of a carved tree stump from clay and reproduced it into a three dimensional sculpture.

DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for DIY Wedding Gifts or DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

How to Make A DIY Ring Holder

Here’s how I made a DIY ring holder shaped like a carved tree stump with initials inside a heart. I love this idea for DIY wedding gifts for newlyweds as well as a DIY Valentine’s Day gift for her.

Supplies & Materials:

Instructions for Making A DIY Ring Holder:

To create this tree stump DIY ring holder, I first shaped a chunk of air hardening clay into a tree stump. I then used a wet sponge to help smooth down the edges. (If you’ve ever taken a pottery clay you know what a world of difference keeping a bucket of water and sponge on hand makes.)

Once I had my basic tree stump shape down I used the loop tool from my pottery modeling tool kit to carve out the top of the stump into a shallow nest where I could keep a ring. Next, I used it to carve the heart shape out of the clay stump. I followed with a damp sponge to smooth the edges of my DIY ring holder.

carved tree stump from clay

For texture, I then used the wooden potters rib to give the stump texture. I did this by running lines along the outside of the stump all the way around the piece.

initials carved inside a heart on a clay tree stump

Finally I used the needle tool to carve around the inside of the heart and to etch the initials inside the heart shape.

Now that my tree was made, all that was left was to let my DIY ring holder dry. For faster dry time I recommend carving out some of the clay from the inside of the piece from the bottom. Otherwise, your stump may take longer than 24 hours to dry.

I left mine my DIY ring holder a solid, hefty piece and it took a week to dry completely. For even drying to avoid cracking, you can also cover loosely with a piece of plastic during the drying period.

unpainted hand carved tree stump clay diy ring holder ready to be painted

My son and I both worked on this project together. These are our tree stump ring holders after they had finished drying. Mine is on the left while his is on the right.

air dry clay diy ring holder shaped like a tree stump and painted with acrylic paints

Once dry you either paint your finished DIY ring holder or simply cover with a clear acrylic sealer.

Based on feedback from my followers on my facebook page, I painted my ring holder. I used three colors – black, brown and white. I painted inside the heart and initial grooves with black as well as some of the grooves around the stump. Then I painted over most of the stump with brown. I followed by painting the rest with a mixture of brown and white as well as a wash of color in some areas.

Rings fit neatly inside the top of the tree stump on this piece as well as on the branch. It makes a tidy and decorative place to keep up with rings when they are removed. After all, no one wants to lose their wedding ring!

DIY Ring Holder. Air dry clay crafts & project ideas. How to make unique rustic DIY ring holders for using air hardening clay. This romantic, hand carved tree stump ring holder can be customized for couples or newlyweds to give as DIY wedding gifts or as a DIY Valentine's day gift for her. It features carved heart with the couples initials carved inside just like a real tree carving! Try this air dry clay craft project to create unique handmade gifts for loved ones.

If you like my couple inspired DIY ring holder, then be sure to pin this idea for DIY wedding gifts or DIY Valentine’s day gifts for her to Pinterest. Also be sure to check out my DIY project for making a cactus ring holder from polymer clay.

For more DIY wedding gift and project ideas, be sure sure to follow my DIY Wedding Ideas & Inspiration Pinterest board! Or discover more DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for her on my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board.

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  • Unknown

    April 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    It turned out amazing, anyone would love to have a memento like this. A job well done!

  • Rebecca D. Dillon

    April 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  • silverdaisiesstudios.com

    April 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    So cute!!

  • Amy Renea

    April 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I ADORE these!!! I am so inspired!

    (Found you via Looksi!)

  • Adrianne

    August 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Rebecca, I was on the hunt for tree-themed crafts and found your post – and was thrilled to see it belonged to you! I’ll be including a link in a round-up I’m putting together. This is adorable, great inspiration!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      August 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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