DIY Ring Holder – Handmade Clay Heart Tree Stump Ring Holder for Couples and Newlyweds

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DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for Couples and Newlyweds - Great Homemade Wedding Gift Idea

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 ring holder. The design of this 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 and reproduced it into a three dimensional sculpture.

To create this project, I first shaped a chunk of clay into a tree stump. I 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. I then used it to carve the heart shape out of the clay stump. I followed with a damp sponge to smooth the edges.

DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for Couples and Newlyweds - Great Homemade Wedding Gift Idea

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

DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for Couples and Newlyweds - Great Homemade Wedding Gift Idea

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 it 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 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.

DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for Couples and Newlyweds - Great Homemade Wedding Gift Idea

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.

DIY Ring Holder - Handmade Clay Heart Ring Holder for Couples and Newlyweds - Great Homemade Wedding Gift Idea

Once dry you either paint your finished piece 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 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!

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Comments

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

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

  3. So cute!!

  4. I ADORE these!!! I am so inspired!

    (Found you via Looksi!)

  5. 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!