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The perfect place to store your rings is on an octopus. An octopus made out of clay that is! Using minimal supplies and following this easy tutorial, you can whip up an octopus ring holder in about 2 hours. I made this while binge watching Famous In Love on Netflix. Have you seen it? IT’S SO GOOD. But the point I’m trying to make is that you can make this while you do something like watch TV. Relax, put on a new series, and start sculpting. Hint: This octopus ring holder would make the perfect gift! It’s a money saving gift idea too!
Sculpt the head out of clay. Make a ball with about 1/3 of the clay and then sculpt it into a joystick shape, this will be the head. Make sure to flatten out a piece on the bottom of the head so that you can attach it to the body.
With the rest of the clay (leaving out a tiny bit for the eyes) form the body. I did this by rolling the clay into a ball then flattening it out, but not too much. Then I pulled sections out from each side to make 8 tentacles. They don’t have to be perfect or even the same size.
Attach the head to the body by placing it in the center of the body and smoothing out the seam. Then curve each tentacle to your liking. Taking the X-ACTO knife, carve “suction cups” on each tentacle.
Taking what clay you have left, make two tiny balls for the eyes. Then cross-hatch them (or carve a hashtag sign) on one side of each eye using the X-ACTO knife. Then cross-hatch on the area where each eye will go. This allows the eyes to attach better to the head and will prevent them from falling off. Then use the knife to carve a circle around each eye, while smoothing out the seams.
Time to bake! Read the directions on the package the clay came in and bake accordingly. I baked mine for about 25 minutes.
Spray paint the octopus. You could paint it with a brush but it’s so much easier to spray paint it. Just make sure to get every inch of it.
And wah-la, you now have an octopus ring holder that looks professionally made! There’s no need to spend $40+ on a store bought one when you can make your own for about 5 bucks in clay. I actually had all of these supplies already on hand so it didn’t cost me a thing! I had leftover clay from my jewelry trays and spray paint from my seashell candles. I’ve been needing a place to store my rings since the hanging jewelry holders I made don’t have a spot for them. This little guy is the perfect solution. PLUS, he matches my nautical decor!