DIY Paperclay Jewelry Bust Display


DIY Paperclay Bust

Lexy Ward
The Proper Pinwheel

Custom jewelry busts can be hard to find or super expensive! Not anymore! With a little cardboard, paperclay, and gold spray paint, you can create your own bust to display those statement necklaces year-round!

cardboard cut into shape of a shield as well as two pieces of paper cut into same shape
paper scraps
wooden pedestal and candlestick holder
masking tape
fine grit sanding block
gold spray paint

DIY Paperclay Bust - Materials

Start by taping the two shield-shaped pieces of paper to the cardboard. Tape all the way up to the top leaving a small opening.

DIY Paperclay Bust

Roll up the paper scraps and stuff them into the taped cardboard to create the shape of the bust. After all of your paper is stuffed into the bust shape, seal the top with masking tape.

DIY Paperclay Bust

Making sure your hands are wet, manipulate the paper clay and add it to the front of the bust. Spread it around until you cover all of the edges. Let the paperclay dry for 24 hours.

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DIY Paperclay Bust

Once the clay is dry, sand down any bumps using the fine grit sanding block. It’s okay if it isn’t perfect. It’s supposed to look like a sculpture!

DIY Paperclay Bust

Wrap the bottom half of the bust in masking tape.

DIY Paperclay Bust

Spray paint the bust, wooden pedestal, and wooden candlestick with the gold spray paint and let dry to the touch. Once the paint is dry, remove the masking tape from the bust.

DIY Paperclay Bust

DIY Paperclay Bust

Using a hot glue gun, glue the bust to the candlestick at a tilted angle. Glue the candlestick to the pedestal and voilà! You now have a beautiful jewelry bust to hang all of your gorgeous necklaces on!

DIY Paperclay Bust

Lexy Ward - The Proper Pinwheel

Lexy Ward

Lexy Ward is the editor and founder of The Proper Pinwheel, a party blog that celebrates DIYs and Diet Coke. She loves to bake goodies and has a passion for party-throwing. She is currently living in Denver with her husband and their pet yorkie, Tagg.

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Rachel Hobson is a freelance craft writer and editor who is obsessed with hand embroidery and all things geektastic and funny. She has a passion for creating community through crafting. She's also a huge space geek, and enjoys living five minutes from Houston's Johnson Space Center where she can get her fill of rockets any time she pleases.


  • […] My first project is being shared today so hop on over to check it out! I love the look of fancy jewelry busts, but some are either too ugly, or too expensive. Why not make your own with some paperclay, cardboard, and spray paint? This project is one of my faves and that bust looks so great on my dresser holding my big statement necklaces. Check out the full tutorial here! […]

  • Reply January 8, 2013


    Thanks for sharing – what a great project!

    • Reply January 8, 2013


      So glad you like it, Debra! :)

  • Reply January 8, 2013


    This is pretty cool. It’d be a great, cheap way for displays at a craft show.

    Can you post a picture of the back of the bust?

    • Reply January 10, 2013


      Glad you like it, Whitney! Let me check with Lexy and see if she has a picture of the backside …

  • Reply January 8, 2013


    LOVE this idea, I can use what I have on hand and make something I crave. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply January 17, 2013


    Hi Lexy,
    This is super cool. I’m thinking of trying it soon! I featured it on my Favorite Things Thursday post on my blog today! You should stop by and grab a button if you want!

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  • Reply February 23, 2013

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