Polynesian Christmas: Monstera Drop Dish


Who doesn’t need a drop dish? Only someone without keys, wallet, spare change, pocket lint … you get the idea.

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I thought a dish inspired by the monstera leaves would be fun and festive. So after a quick review of this tutorial I set to work.

I used air dry clay so my kids could play too. Unforutnately all I could find was terracotta clay. No problem, I thought. More natural. However the terracotta does leave residue on skin and my little man does not like to get his hands “messy.” So much for getting the kid stuff to accommodate the kids.

I skipped the step in which I was supposed to sand down the rough edges once the clay dried. I was eager to get going. So once again I decided to embrace the natural look.

I painted the whole thing green. Once the green paint dried I painted the edges with gold. That’s not at all authentic, but it’s pretty.

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And voila! Done. Perfect for my needs and a fun little project.

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But. Remember when I said I used kid’s air dry clay? Yeah. It broke before long. Do this project, it’s easy and fun. Don’t use the kid’s air dry clay. Use good clay and you’ve got yourself a handy dandy little dish. Or a beautiful gift.

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This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

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