If you’re looking for something different to add character to your decor, this Zulu shield-inspired twine trinket tray DIY is for you. I used to live in South Africa, in KwaZulu Natal – the land of the Zulus!! – and loved the art and design, from the region and the rest of the country. They mix natural textures like metal, fibre and fur with earthy tones and geometrical patterns, always gorgeous. This is my easy-to-make modern take on an art form I admire!
1 To begin, mix the concrete to a pouring consistency and pour it into an epoxy mould like the one in the picture above. Make sure you remove all the air bubbles by running a small stick or toothpick into the mould. Let it set for a day or two.
2 Once your dish has set, you can unmould it. Paint the base with a dark earthy colour like brown or grey (don’t use pure black though). When the coat of paint has dried, paint or stamp some white lines around the base. Let it dry thoroughly.
3 Next, you will braid a length of jute twine. Cut one end straight and secure it by dropping some hot glue – this way you can work with it without it unravelling. Start applying glue to the concrete base and lay your twine braid. Continue glueing the braid around the base, making sure that the corners are sharp and following the shape of the base. When you get to the end, measure how much more braid you need and cut to size. Secure this end with hot glue like you did at the beginning. Glue the rest of the braid, making sure that the 2 ends are flush.
4 For the feet, you will cut 3 lengths of copper wire, about 2 inches each. Bend them in the middle and flatten the ends like in the picture.
5 Finally, turn over the trinket dish and hot glue the feet in a triangle pattern. Make sure to glue them close to the edge of the concrete base.
You’re done! Fill this trinket dish with your most extravagant and exotic jewellery 😉