We had our first snow day of the season, which is rather early for Western Washington which gave me time for a little crafting. I thought about using my Cricut, but I really love to paint – it’s really relaxing.
I’ve been collecting ornaments for each year that my husband and I have been married for the last 13 years, but this year I decided to make one of my own. I started out with Rudolph in my mind and then suddenly I turned it into the Grinch. He looks much harder than he is to make.
3 small Styrofoam floral balls found in $ store variety pack
Air Drying Clay loo9
Limerick green Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Yellow Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint
Cricut weeding tool
Hot glue gun and glue
Cover one Styrofoam ball adding slightly more on one end, slowly sculpting a pear/curled tear drop shape.
Using the Cricut weeding tool, work in rounded snout/muzzle section working back in layers the creases in his face for his smile.
Tear a small amount of clay and shape it like a tear drop and then use the weeding tool to sculpt his evil eyes using the curved side to shape the eyes.
With the weeding tool create an my shape to make his nose.
Cut a loop of wire and secure through the head after adding spear shaped hair on the tip of his head.
Cover to more Styrofoam balls with clay connect then together creating the torso shape.
Shape arms and legs working the dough together until it is well connecting it.
Set aside the pieces and allow to dry overnight or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
Hot glue head onto the torso once dried completely.
Mix lime green and white paint together to get your grinchy color and paint him.
Paint the eyes yellow. Remember that if you mess up your lines you can always fix with more green paint.
Once the eyes are died, outline them with a thin layer of black and draw his lashes and eyelashes. Contour his facial lines in black and while slightly wet go over the facial lines in green making them less severe.
Draw a stubby u in each eye for his pupils.
Finish with an acrylic spray.
I hope that you have fun making these too. Merry Christmas!
Today my son touched Tattle ! I had to tell my son that touching his elf made Santa sad because it put the elf to sleep forever unless we sprinkled elf dust to wake up Tattle . At first he didn’t want to until I told him that Santa would be so sad he may not come this year…
So of course we all want to pose them and make our elves holding, posing, ect. so why they heck aren’t they just manufactured that way??? I spent the last 45 minutes twisting floral wire from the dollar store so it would be strong enough to shove through each limb.
This sounds simple, but you have to cut out the stitches from the seams on the arms and legs in order to shove it through as one piece!! Elf makers stop the insanity and give us poseable elves!! I would have paid extra for the convenience. Okay end rant. Happy posing my fellow parents and merry Christmas.
Half of the fun of the Christmas season for my little guy is finding his little elf buddy “Tattle” mid adventure each day. Tomorrow he will find Tattle flying North Pole Airlines on his way back from providing Santa with his daily report. Today I will teach you how to make your own using everyday recyclables.
Cereal box or other cardboard box of similar thickness
Paper towel tube
Metal Brad fastener
Hot glue gun and glue
Cut out a wing to desired length and then traced the other to cut out.
Cut support beam for wings in an hour glass shape.
Cut slits in the wings close enough to your cardboard tube to be able to glue into place the supports to the sides.
Cut slits into the supports to slip pieces together.
Cut strips for the tail piece making slits in the center. One on the inside edge and one on the outside as pictured below.
Cut slits into the end of the tube to slide tail into place and then glue edges.
Cut a hole for elf to sit in.
Use your hole puncher on the end of the wings on top and bottom.
Tie string from one wing to next allowing for a little slack.
Measure your paper straws in the for the outer wing support and push through each hole securing with hot glue.
Make a hole in the center of each crafting stick and secure with metal Brad fastener, taping the back to keep the propellers spread.
Glenn onto the front of the plane.
Tie string to the end of the tail of new each side and create a loop to hang the plane from.
I hope that this helps bring magic to your little ones Christmas elf hunt too! Merry Christmas!
So after much contemplation I have shifted the direction of my dear friend Tick Tock and have gone with this head. I jumped down the Pinterest rabbit hole one more time to see how others sculpted more difficult paper mache sculptures and the answer is this – or so I think.
His body should be much simpler than this head, but we’ll see…I am still completely nervous about this project. However, if it turns out great then this will surely lend help to someone else’s creative process since Pinterest shows many amazing piñatas without tutorials for the more difficult or extravagant ones.
I’m off to work on my dear friend some more, so please continue to stop by and check out my progress!