This little lamb reminds me of when my daughter was young, and each spring we would visit a local farm to check out the baby animals. This lamb is the perfect spring craft, and an easy Easter craft for the kids, too. To make it, you pair an egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam with easy-to-use air-dry clay, and then texture the clay with a marker cap. Have the kids experiment with different objects and imprint different patterns on their lambs.
To make a Little Lamb, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg
- Air-Dry Modeling Clay (Kathleen used Model Magic by Crayola)
- Wood dowel, 12” x ¼”
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Marker cap or other tool for embossing clay
- Half-round beads, two 5mm
- Scrap of pink felt or pink foamie
- Pink chalk or blush for cheeks (optional)
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; rolling pin; ruler
To make a Little Lamb:
1. Cut the dowel into four, 3” lengths. Insert the dowels into the foam egg for legs. Remove legs from the egg, add a dab of glue, and push back into the holes in the egg.
2. Paint the legs black, and paint the narrow end of the egg black for the face.
3. Put aside a walnut size piece of clay to use for the ears and tail. Roll out a small handful of clay into a large rectangle, about 3/16” thick.
4. Place the clay on the back of the sheep and wrap it around the sides and between the legs. Cut slits in the clay with scissors to help wrap it around the legs. Using fingertips, press edges together and smooth out the clay. Cut away excess clay, and trim around the face.
5. Use the cap from a marker, or other embossing tool, to make circular impressions all over the lamb.
6. Mix the small piece of clay with 3-4 drops of black acrylic paint. Knead the clay till the paint is thoroughly mixed in. Wash your hands, and then add ears and a curling tail. Let sheep dry.
7. Glue on half round beads for eyes. Cut a small circle from the pink felt or foamie, and glue on for nose.
8. Brush on a little pink chalk dust or blush on cheeks and inside the ears (optional).
Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.