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Mini Sculpting: Yukon Cornelius

When I think of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie, it’s not just the iconic Rudolph that is important to my family.  My favorite is the Bumble and my husband’s is Yukon Cornelius, so of course for my festive Christmas display that I am creating I just had to sculpt him.  This has been a project that I have thought about doing for such a long time and now that I have a dedicated crafting space to work on  each piece in my spare time it has been a delight to watch them come to life.

I always make rough forms of my characters with aluminum foil after seeing this tip on Pinterest a while back – it helps the sculpture keep it’s form while your shaping it and it also doubles your supply of modeling clay!  If the clay gets too soft you should put into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow it to harden a bit for easier sculpting.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Sculpey modeling clay
  • Aluminum foil
  • Azure blue acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Light pink acrylic paint
  • Golden Brown acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Light yellow acrylic paint
  • Gray acrylic paint

TOOLS NEEDED:

  1. Start by making a stump shaped torso and a oval ball of aluminum foil for his head and body.  Cover each piece with modeling clay and then add bake and bond to secure the head to the torso, smoothing the seems out with the side of the needle sculpting tool and your finger tips.
  2. To form the bearded chin on the face, add a layer of bake and bond to the indented area between the torso and the head and then add a thick layer of clay smoothing it out with your finger tips and side of the needle tool.
  3. Add a a flattened ball of clay to the top of his head and create a seem using arrow tip tool for his hat.  Scoop out the slightly flat shape with the scraping tool for the top of the hat creating the brim and then add a ball of clay for the pom pom.
  4. Form the base of the arms and legs with aluminum foil and then add clay over the top; leave a small balls of foil to make feet on the legs.  For the legs add a generous amount of clay and use the scraping tool to separate the pants legs from the boots.
  5. Add bake and bond to the area where each arm and leg is to be attached before each application of appendige.  Push into place and then use the side of the needle tip tool and finger tips to smooth and attach the arms/legs without seems.
  6.  Roll out a string of clay for his belt and apply after adding bake and bond.  Then make a flat square and add to the front for his belt buckle.
  7.  Roll out two more strings of clay thinner than the belt for his backpack straps and secure around his arms with bake and bond.
  8. Make a ball of foil and cover with clay for his backpack and attach the same way as the head, but no smoothing out of the seems needed here.
  9. Roll out some aluminum foil and cover with clay for the handle of his pick axe. Roll out more clay keeping the center wider and create points on each end.  Secure to the handle with bake and bond and smooth the edges with the side of the needle tip tool and your fingers.  Add a square of clay to the top using the same technique.
  10. Roll out two balls of clay and flatten for his ear muffs, roll out a small string of clay to attach the muffs on the back of the head and attach with bake and bond.
  11. Roll out two small balls of clay and flatten on a table, using the straight tip tool create a flat line and apply to his chest with bake and bond for his shirt pockets.
  12. Make a small circle for his nose and cut in half, add bake and bond and smooth on the nose with the needle tool and the flat side of scoop tool.
  13. Roll out two stings of clay to twist in place on his face for his mustache and attach with bake and bond.
  14. Roll out a ball for his free hand and cut four fingers spreading them slightly.  Add bake and bond to the wrist and smooth out with the needle tool and finger tips.  Add a small stub for his them attaching it the same way.
  15. Roll four rolls for fingers for the other hand and attach the same as the other hand, wrapping the fingers around the pick axe handle and then add a thumb. 
  16. Use the metal brush to tap the beard and hair on his head to make the curly textured look.
  17. Use the needle tool to make round dots for his eyes.
  18. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  19. While baking, mix golden brown, light pink, and white paint together to make his skin color.
  20. If you have color left over from the bumble, add a little dark blue paint (I mixed azule blue and white together), otherwise just mix white blue together for his coat.
  21. Mix red and brown for his beard and hair.
  22. Mix brown and black for the pick axe handle.
  23. Once out of the oven and cooled, paint him according to the picture below.

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, Crafting, Dollar Store Crafting, Hand Painted

Mini Sculpting: The Bumble

I have always loved the movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and even more so now that my son shares this love too!  I have been dying to try to sculpt my favorite characters and now that I saw the perfect way to display my characters I’m giving it a shot.

The Bumble is near and dear to me because when my son was two and we watched the movie he would always run and hide behind the couch whenever the Bumble appeared on the screen! It was so adorable and now that he’s a little bit older he loves the Bumble too.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Sculpey modeling clay
  • Aluminum foil
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • White doll hair (I purchased a Santa ornament with a flowy beard at the dollar store)
  • Hot glue sticks

TOOLS NEEDED:

  1. Shape some aluminum foil for the torso and cover with modeling clay and then sculpt the pecks using a scraping tool.
  2. Next shape aluminum foil into the desired size and shape for his head.  Use the bake and bond to add a small roll of clay to the face and add more to the top of it then create a triangle shape to lay over it creating the nose. Attach the nose by smoothing the clay on the edges with the side of the needle tool and your fingers; to shape the nostrils better if needed after attaching the nose use the needle tool.
  3. Add bake and bond to the side of the head where you plan to attach it to his body, smoothing the clay from the head to the body with the sides of your sculpting needle and fingers.
  4. Shape more aluminum foil for the arms and cover with modeling clay.  Add more bake and bond where you intend to attach the arms and attach same way you did for the head.
  5. Shape more aluminum foil for the legs and feet making sure that they are flat enough to allow him to stand once completed and cover with modeling clay.  Shape the toes by using the cutting tool and smooth out the ends with your fingers.
  6. Use the scraping tool to shape the eyes by scraping around and outward then smoothing out with the sides of a tool or your fingers.  Use the crescent shape tool to create the under eye circles.
  7. Roll pointy fingers, add bake and bond, press on top of each other gently, roll a ball adding more bake and bond and gently press on top.
  8. Add bake and bond to the ends of the arms and attach the hands to the arms in the same way as the other pieces.
  9. Roll two pieces of clay out thin and cut with an exacto knife to make the edges sharp and shape into a half circle shape for the teeth.
  10. Bake the teeth in oven for about 5 minutes, allow to cool down and add to the mouth.
  11. Bake the bumble for 15 minutes.
  12. Once cooled, paint him white with gray accents on the arms, legs, body and head.  Paint the teath and eyes white.
  13. Paint the hands and face blue.
  14. Paint the Iris black.
  15. After all of the paint is dry cut short strips of white hair.  Lightly coat areas with hot glue and allow to cool slightly before pressing hair into place.  Repeat layers as needed, gently rub to remove any hair that may be glued into place.

    All that is left to do is make Yukon Cornelius, Hermis, Rudolph, Santa!  Once they’re all complete I create my dollar store snowman display with each scene from the movie for you all to see.  Merry Christmas and happy crafting! 🎄🎅🦌

    Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting, the Grinch

    You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

    I saw the cutest plank wood Grinch project on Pinterest and I have been dying to try it.  The only problem – I don’t have that materials on hand right now but I do have several large tongue depressor sized crafting sticks so I can make a miniature version of my own! They’re cute, easy to make, and work well as a wall hang, door knob hang or ornament.

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • Crafting sticks (large tongue depressor sized)
    • Acrylic paint in red, lime green, white, yellow, and black
    • Scissors
    • Green feathers
    • White pom-pom ball
    • Green floral wire
    • Hot glue and gun
    • Fine tip paint brushes
    1. Add hot glue to the edge of each stick, be careful not to get big smears on the front.  Rub it smooth after it cools down slightly. Glue five of the side by side.
    2. Paint them red across the top and mix the green with white to make a more Grinch like color.
    3. Cut the ends off of one stick to get a straight edge and paint white.
    4. Once dry, glue across the top to separate the hat and his head.
    5. Cut another stick down and paint it red and once dry glue to the back of him sticking out slightly for the dangling part of the Santa hat.
    6. Next glue a white pom-pom ball on to the end.
    7. Paint merry in red, Grinch in the green color you mixed earlier, and mas in red on the brim of the hat.
    8. Paint the eyes in an pointed almond shape in yellow.
    9. Using a fine tip paint brush, outline the eyes, draw the eyebrows, nose, mouth and other facial details in black.
    10. Cut green feathers and glue to the rim of the brim of the hat. Trim as necessary so they’re not too long.
    11. Cut a few more feathers and glue to the chin trimming as needed.
    12. Cut floral wire to desired length and hot glue into place on the back.

    These are so cute I am planning on attaching them to the outside of presents for decoration and an additional gifts for my family.  Merry Grinchmas! 😉🎅

    Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, DIY, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting

    DIY Dollar Store “Snow-Tex”

    For Christmas this year I am making my own snowman head ornaments and I need a large amount of Snow-Tex, but the cost of it being $3.99 for a meager 4 oz jar is not happening!  I decided to try my own recipe for it fresh from the dollar store – well mostly anyway.  

    This product is simple, easy, and will most certainly save you money!  It’s just two simple ingredients:

    • White sand
    • White acrylic paint

    Mix sand and paint until you get a thick, spreadable paste and voila!  You won’t be able to see a difference – except in your wallet!

    On the left DIY version and on the right $3.99 4 oz jar of Snow-Tex!

    Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting

    Christmas Party Snowman Toss

    Tomorrow is our company Christmas party and my section was assigned to coordinate the activities. I decided to create this pyramid of Snowman cups so they could toss “snowballs” at them to knock them down.

    These are cute and easy to make; it was 4 years old tested and approved! 😉

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • Orange craft foam sheets
    • Black craft foam sheets
    • Glue stick
    • Hole punchers in two sizes
    • White paper cups
    • Foam craft balls

    1. Punch larger holes and glue on to cups for eyes.
    2. Cut carrot shapes in varrying sizes and glue on to cups.
    3. Punch smaller holes and rub a generous amount of glue on to the cup in a mouth shape and add the dots to shape the mouth.

    I did 15 to stack them about 14 inches high.

    Merry Christmas and Happy crafting! ⛄☃️

    Posted in Christmas Crafts, Christmas DIY Gifs, Crafting, Dollar Store, Dollar Store Crafting

    Snowman Ornament with a Knit Hat


    You all know how much I love the dollar store and this year I saw a cute idea for making knit hats as ornaments, but I thought it would be even cuter if you combined it with a snowman head!  I was disappointed when I went this weekend and saw there was no more foam balls, but then I realized that I could actually get the ornaments in a larger quantity and do the same thing! – a total bonus! These are so cute and easy, they’ll have you running straight to the dollar store right away!

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • Small plastic ornaments from the dollar store (or foam balls of equivalent size)
    • Snow-Tex to make it look like real snow
    • Diamond Dust for sparkle
    • Yarn
    • Toilet paper tubes
    • Small bells
    • Air drying clay
    • Black acrylic paint
    • Pink acrylic paint
    • Orange acrylic paint
    • Hot glue and gun
    • Ornament hooks
    1. Start off by covering a generous layer of Snow-Tex to cover the whole ornament.
    2. Prop on toilet paper tube to dry.
    3. Cut off the end of a toilet paper tube to the desired width for the rim of your knit cap.
    4. Cut a lot of yarn at least 10 inches long.
    5. Now we simply make a loop and we put it in our little circle, completing this all the way around.
    6. After you have finished the ring, pull all the ends through the tube and tie it off with a bell on a piece of yarn.
    7. Cut off the extra length to create the pom-pom on top.
    8. Once the Snow-Tex is dry, sculpt a carrot by rolling out a cone shape from the air drying clay and rub onto the head. 
    9. Use a clay too or side of a tooth pick to make indentions to make it look like a carrot.
    10. Hot glue the hat to the head.
    11. Once dried, paint the eyes and mouth with black paint.  Add the rosey cheek color in a pink circle and paint the carrot orange.
    12. Add an ornament hook and done!

    Super cute and easy! These are a great dollar store make over to wow your friends and family with a nice ornament for a Christmas present, you can even use it on the outside of present to compliment your wrapping job!  Merry Christmas everyone!

    Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store

    Christmas in the Office

    Two years ago we had a double “D” (desk decorating) challenge where myself and my co-workers had a contest to decorate our desk for a bragging rights as the prize.  My boss turned it into a whole event where we had a building Christmas party and allowed everyone to cast their votes – he even allowed our higher headquarters to vote via email! 

    In this challenge I had an ugly desktop hutch that I had on the floor because it didn’t fit on my desk (we had old mismatch furniture) so I had the brilliant idea to transform it into a fireplace.

    I used old boxes on each side to create the frame of my fireplace and then I used my white recycling bin paper to make the white”mortar” and red paper cut into rectangular bricks using a paper cutter and taped them on top.  I used cardboard tubes from a roll of wrapping paper to make logs for the fire and then cut different colored cardstock paper in the shape of flames and glued them to the inside.

    After I was done I went to the dollar store and scored some stockings, poinsettia garland, nicknacks to give it the “lux” homey Christmas vibe and I painted a window on posterboard from the dollar store with a scene of Santa and reindeer to complete the scene.

    This was a lot of fun and was nice to be the first place winner! Merry Christmas!