Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Air Dry Clay Snowman + Giveaway



I fell in love with the cups!  That's my only excuse for buying something that most people threw away. They are waxy and oh, so cute!   I just knew I would find SOMETHING to do with them.  As you can see,  I did find something - an oh, so sweet snowman!  What a fun project - and so much easier than I thought it would be.



You need a couple of styrofoam balls - one slightly larger.  It's nice if the bottom one pretty much fills the diameter of the cup.  (Mine are 2" and 2 1/2".)  A skewer is a great idea.  It gives you something to hold on to while you're creating the snowman.  There is a lot of brands of air dry clay.  This is fairly reasonable and worked really well.  You need white air dry clay and then in addition, a little yellow and red to create the nose.  The first step is to create the body of the snowman.


First, I skewered the two styrofoam balls.   A little bit of water in a bowl will be handy to dip your fingers in.  The clay covers the styrofoam much easier if it's a little damp.  I just pinched off a bit of clay and rubbed it onto the styrofoam.  Once the balls are completely covered, mix a little yellow, red and white to create orange.  Roll into a nose shape.  Wet the end of the nose that will attach to the face  and make a little indention where the nose will go.  I just pushed it in a little with my finger.  Also go ahead and add eyes.  I used black brads - you could use clay, buttons, beads...  



Let him dry for a little while.  Add pink cheeks with ink, chalk, or marker.  Paint with liquid glue and sprinkle with course glitter.  (To age him, I put a couple of drops of walnut ink in water and spritzed  him with it.) Let him dry again.  Once you have all that done, cut off the skewer so that you have just enough left for the snowman to sit at the level you want in the cup. I put a square of styrofoam in the bottom.  I found that wasn't quite enough for the snowman to stay right where I wanted, so I filled in with tissue paper.  


Now he's ready to decorate.  To make his hat:  Cut 2 circles (mine are 1" and 1 1/2").  Cut a rectangle (mine is 1 1/2" tall by 2").  Roll the rectangle into a tube and glue the small circle on top and glue the bottom of the tube in the center of the larger circle.  I just stamped the wooden spoon with a cute little snowman and "Let it snow."


The cup is decorated, too.  A little felt scallop and snowflake.  I know that sounds like a lot.  But, really, it is actually pretty easy!


Even his backside is cute!


Let me know in your comment that you would like to win.  By random selection, I will pick one winner.  Winner will be announced on Monday, December 23rd.  I will ship after Christmas.  Just think you'll have your first project for next Christmas!


22 comments:

  1. Lori I would so love to win your snowman kit! He is adorable. Where did you find those great cups they are so fun! Thanks for the tutorial....hugs from sunny Florida :)...Patti

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  2. What a cutie he is Lori...the cup is amazing...is it from an ice cream? You are so creative, thanks for the tut and I would love to win the kit and get organized for next Christmas!! X

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  3. Lori your snowman is so adorable! I love the sweet cup and spoon! And the details of your sweet frosty man are perfection! Great hat!

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  4. Oh my, Lori, this snowman is adorable! I have been wanting to play with clay so this would be awesome kit to win! Thank you for the opportunity...so fun!! Adding that cute cup and spoon is so creative. I just love this project and you are so sweet to share.
    Hugs, Laura

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win. Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

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  6. How cute this is!
    And it doesn't
    seem like a lot
    of work to make
    him. Thanks.
    Carla from Utah

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  7. How cute is this little guy!!! I would sooooooo love to win the snowman kit you are giving away!

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Lori!!!

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  8. Gorgeous project Lori...I would love to win the little snowman kit...he is soooooo cute....Hugs May x x x

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  9. I love the snowman in the ice cream cup! I looks light enough to hang on the tree. Thanks for chance to win!

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  10. Now this is creativity in its best form. So cute too.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}T

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  11. I would love to win the snowman. He is really cute. Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you can't have a snowman. sometimes we get more snow after Christmas than before. Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  12. wow you blow my mind.. this is adorable..

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  13. He is oh so cute ! Agree about the cups, would be a fun kit to put together ! Elaine

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  14. Hey Lori - this is magical and I think you gave it a touch of whimsy and lush ice. Really very special Lori!
    Merry Christmas
    sandy

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  15. This is so adorable. You have done a wonderful job of this little treasure!

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  16. You make me so excited for the holidays Lori. Oh my gosh and the wooden spoon...this is ADORABLE! Incredible job transforming Styrofoam balls into a snowman icy!! I love it and would love to make these for next year. TOO TOO STINKING CUTE!! :D

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  17. Now, he is one super duper snowman dude! I love it and thanks for showing us how he is made! TFS

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  18. So adorable!!!! I love those cups and LOVE snowmen!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  19. He is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!
    I found you via Pinterest and just subscribed to your blog. Happy Holidsys! Kathydotflemingatcoxdotnet

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  20. You have to be Lori to come up with such a stunningly beautiful snowman!! LOVE LOVE this, he's gorgeous!! Merry Christmas to you my friend. Hugs, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner

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  21. Oh I missed out on this CUTE CUTE creation, love what you did here, so many perfect little touches!

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