Miniature seafood platter – DIY web exclusive project


06 June 2022
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Miniature seafood platter using polymer clay Miniature seafood platter using polymer clay
Learn how to make your own miniature seafood platter using polymer clay in this quick and easy step-by-step tutorial – perfect for a dolls house banquet!

A walk on the beach can give you so much more than just a bit of exercise and a free pedicure! Find some mini seashells and you have the makings of a platter of food for your dolls house which can encompass many different eras – as seafood has been eaten since prehistoric times to the present day.

A picture of the crustation you're trying to make always helps with the realism of the finished food, so look it up on the internet or in a cookery book before you start, and your platter will be mouthwateringly good!

DIY miniature seafood platter

By Ann

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You will need

  • Selection of open mini shells i.e. scallops, limpets, clams or mussels
  • Polymer clay in translucent, black, orange, yellow, white
  • Craft knife
  • Baking tile
  • Black marker pen or paint
  • Mini plate or platter
  • PVA glue
  • Gloss varnish
  • Greenery (optional)

Scallops - translucent & orange polymer clay

  1. Form a mini sausage of translucent and cut into slices
  2. Arrange centrally in the shell
  3. Add a tiny curved sliver of orange to one side

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Limpets (a favourite of the Romans) - grey clay

  1. Mix translucent with a tiny spot of black to make grey
  2. Roll into a log and slice into roundels
  3. Place centrally in shell and indent slightly in the top

Mussels – yellow clay with black marks

  1. Mix a dull yellow with a tiny spot of black & translucent clay
  2. Form into little flat bean shapes
  3. Press into the shell
  4. Add black markings for the beards to the edges after baking

Clams – cream clay

  1. Mix translucent with a pinch of yellow and a pinch of white so it's a bit streaky
  2. Roll into little balls to fit within the shell
  3. Gently tease out a couple of little horns at one end of each clam with your craft knife

When they're ready to bake...

  1. Bake all the shells and their fillings on a baking tile for about 10 minutes at 130 degrees in a domestic oven
  2. Allow to cool before arranging on plates or platters with a green leaf garnish as desired
  3. Glue in position with PVA
  4. Coat each piece of seafood with a gloss varnish to give that just cooked sheen
  5. Tiny flecks of parsley can be made by dotting with fine green scatter material whilst the varnish is wet


How easy is that?! Be sure to share pictures with us over on social! Ready to get stuck into another project? Try this miniature pork pie tutorial... or you'll find plenty more over on the blog!