Ali Manno gives us a helping hand with her DIY Phone Stand.


  • At least 8 oz of polymer oven-bake clay in Opal or other desired color
  • Wooden craft rectangle 5 ½” x 12” x ¼”
  • X-Acto knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Metal baking sheet dedicated for crafts
  • Triple thick clear spray glaze
  • Big bowl at least 1” wider than the rectangle to imprint circle in clay
  • Non-stick surface to work on


  • Sandpaper and popsicle stick
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Clay tools
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1. Create a large ball of clay by molding it with your hands and rolling it around under the wooden craft rectangle.

PRO TIP: Leave the rectangle in the plastic so it doesn’t get dyed by the clay. You will use it multiple times throughout the process so wait to unwrap until the clay component is finished!

2. Use a rolling pin on a non-stick surface to roll the clay out into a slab.

3. Press the opening of the bowl into the slab to create the guideline of your circle.

4. Remove the bowl and cut out the circle with an X-Acto knife.

5. Cut a straight line across the bottom of the circle so it sits flush if desired.

6. To create the slot for the wood, Take the wooden rectangle and press the end into the clay about 1/3 up from the bottom. Cut it out with an X-Acto knife.

7. Carefully place the clay on the baking sheet and double check that the wood fits in the slot because it will harden in whatever form it bakes in.

PRO TIP: If the slot does end up being too small, don’t worry, just wrap a popsicle stick in some sandpaper and sand out the inside a little bit.

8. Once the clay has cooled and hardened apply a coat of the triple thick clear sealant. Add more layers if desired but allow each one to dry in between application. Let the sealant dry for 24 hours to avoid fingerprints.

PRO TIP: If you have any imperfections after baking, you can sand them down but be sure to do it outside with a mask and eye protection!

9. Slide the wood into the slot to finish the stand and enjoy!

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