Clay Snow Angel Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Sitting atop an ice cube, this little snow angel is trying to keep its cool! This ornament would make the perfect gift for that someone special!

Materials

  • Clear acrylic cube, 1” square
  • Oven-bake polymer clay: white, orange
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Ribbon: gold, 1⁄4” wide, 6” length; iridescent, 3⁄4” wide, 8” length
  • Gold craft wire, 20-gauge, 4” length

Tools

  • Textured snow paint
  • Spray matte sealer
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or rolling pin
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Clay needle tool or toothpick
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay.

STEP 2

For body, roll a 1” ball from White; press into pear shape and press onto cube.

STEP 3

For legs, roll two 1-1⁄2”-long, 11⁄16”-diameter tapered logs from White. Shape wide ends into feet and press narrow ends against body at base so feet rest at sides of cube. Use toothpick or clay needle tool to press snowflake design in bottom of each foot.

STEP 4

For arms, roll two 9⁄16” White tapered logs. Gently flatten wide ends to 1⁄4” thickness. Pinch and pull gently on one side of each to shape thumbs. Press narrow ends against body at shoulders; arrange hands on cube.

STEP 5

For head, roll 7⁄8” White ball; press to body. Use clay needle tool or toothpick to position beads sideways into face for eyes. Draw, and gently press, smile below eyes, pinching slightly at center for open mouth; indent smile ends. Roll 1⁄8” orange ball for nose; press to face. Apply chalk or blush to cheeks.

STEP 6

For halo, twist wire to form small loop at end. Bend loop forward and insert halo into head. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake snow angel; let cool.

STEP 7

Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

by Shelly Comiskey

Bubba The Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Winter is on its way! With a belly full of rice, this adorable snowman is perfect for kids to create as a holiday decoration or thoughtful gift.

Materials

  • Recycled white tube sock
  • Recycled print socks
  • Fleece, in print of choice: 1”x9”
  • Pom-poms
  • Kitty litter or dried rice

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: black, orange
  • Pink powdered blush
  • Thick craft glue or fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge scrap, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), rubber bands

Directions

Note

Directions are for one snowman.

Snowman

1. Fill tube sock 1/3 full with kitty litter or dried rice. Use rubber band to tie closed. Add more kitty litter or dried rice. Use rubber band to tie closed. (Add more if making three-circle snowman.)

2. For hat, cut foot from recycled print sock. Position top portion of sock (hat) on top of snowman body. Gather and adhere top edge of hat together. Adhere pom-poms to top of hat.

3. On covered work surface, paint nose orange and dot eyes and mouth black. Let dry.

4. For scarf, measure and cut 1”x9” fleece strip. Tie scarf around neck; snip ends to create fringe.

5. Use sponge scrap to lightly blush cheeks pink.

by Florence Tebbets