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Polka-Dotted Trinket Dishes by Positively Splendid

Hi, everyone! Amy from Positively Splendid here. When I’m not playing referee to my four kiddos, I love to spend my time making things that matter with my own two hands. I would love for you to pop over for a visit!

Confession time: I adore polka dots. To me, they just exude such a happy, whimsical sensibility, and I always find myself incorporating them into my projects. (I even painted a polka dot wall in our previous home’s kitchen–no kidding!)

With spring upon us, I am always looking for easy handmade gift ideas for Mothers’ Day, graduations, weddings and more. These little polka-dotted trinket dishes can be whipped up in no time flat, and they only cost a mere $1 or so to make. They are perfect for holding just about anything: jewelry, keys, sewing notions, small office supplies like paperclips or thumb tacks…you name it! Let me fill you in on how easily these little gems come together.

Polka dot trinket dishes by Positively Splendid

For this project, you will need…

  • 4-1/4″ terra cotta saucer (I found mine at my local garden shop for 50 cents apiece)
  • Acrylic craft paint in white and at least one additional accent color
  • Foam brush
  • Foam pouncer
  • Spray sealer (optional, but adds durability to the finished project)


  • Using the foam brush, paint 2-3 even layers of white acrylic paint on the inside of the saucer, allowing the paint to dry between each coat. Set aside to dry completely.

Polka dot trinket dishes by Positively Splendid

  • Use the foam pouncer and the accent color paint to create a polka dot pattern on the inside bottom of the saucer. Set aside to dry.

Polka dot trinket dishes by Positively Splendid

  • If desired, spray the finished saucer with the sealer, allowing to dry for at least 24 hours before use.

You are finished!

How perfect would one of these be to give a new bride to use as a wedding ring holder, possibly outfitted with her new monogram? Or for a teacher to put on her desk to hold paperclips and other small office supplies? Or for Mom to place on the entry table to hold her keys when she walks through the door? So many possibilities for such a sweet and simple project!

Polka dot trinket dishes by Positively Splendid Polka dot trinket dishes by Positively Splendid

Thanks so much to Melissa for having me over today! I hope you’ll stop by Positively Splendid some time to say hello, but in the meantime, I invite you to connect with me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, or you can also check out some of my other favorite polka-dotted projects!

Polka-Dotted Tiered Flower Planter

Custom Polka Dot Fabric Wall Decals

Polka-Dotted Spring Wreath

Polka-Dotted Eat-In Kitchen


Amy, thank you for a wonderful project, I see I’ve found another polka dot fan!! I love those dishes and am going to make some to hold safety pins in my sewing room! Make sure you stop by Amy’s blog and say HELLO!

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