It’s no surprise that artist and designer Rebekah Meier can create this Pastel Paper Clay Snowman. I mean, she has mad, crazy skills, right? But I assure you, you can make this Paper Clay Snowman, too. Rebekah shares easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that walk you through the process. Take it step-by-step and you can make your own Paper Clay Snowman this weekend. (Don’t miss Rebekah’s Vintage, Felted Snowman, too.)
To make a Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 4” egg
- 1 ½” ball
- Two, 4” discs
- Paper clay, 1 block (Rebekah used Creative Paperclay®)
- Acrylic craft paint: Warm white, black and country red
- Powdered blush
- Scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”
- Crepe paper roll in pink
- Silver beads, four 8mm
- Silver chenille stem
- Silver metallic ribbon, 1/8”
- Small, glittered snowflake
- Crystal glitter
- Clear sealer (Rebekah used Krylon® Acrylic Crystal Clear)
- Glitter glue
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; decorative edge scissors; paintbrush; round toothpicks; acrylic roller; fine sandpaper; paper towels; button thread & needle
To make a Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman:
1. Twist together the 1-1/2” ball and narrow end of the egg to create a snug fit. Insert a toothpick between the two pieces and glue together.
2. Cover the body with clay:
- Roll the paper clay into a thin sheet with the acrylic roller. Completely cover the snowman body in clay.
- Using your fingers, create two small indentations at each eye area.
- Roll a small, pea size ball for the nose, and press onto the face.
- Roll two, 3” logs for the arms. Press and blend the arms in place.
- Wet fingers and smooth out all seams so the body is smooth and seamless.
- Let dry completely.
3. Sand surface with fine sandpaper. Wipe away dust with damp paper towel.
4. Paint snowman warm white. Lightly blush each cheek. Dip end of paintbrush handle in black paint and add black dots for eyes and mouth. Paint nose red.
5. Glue together the two, 4” discs for the base. Wrap and glue a paper strip around the outside edge. Trace around the disc on paper and cut out the circle with decorative edge scissors. Glue decorative circle to the bottom of the base.
6. Fold in half a 36” length of pink crepe paper. Hand stitch along the edge and gently pull the thread to gather. Place ruffle around the neck, and gather to fit. Knot thread. Tie silver metallic ribbon around the neck of the snowman.
7. Cut a ¼” strip from pink crepe paper and glue to the front of snowman. Glue on silver beads.
8. Make the hat:
- Roll into a cylinder a 12” x 1” strip of scrapbook paper and secure with glue.
- Brim: Trace a circle slightly larger than a quarter onto paper. Cut out circle with decorative edge scissors.
- Top: Trace around top of hat, and cut out circle. Glue to top of hat.
- Glue brim to hat.
- Glue hat onto the snowman’s head.
9. Glue tinsel trim around the base of the snowman.
10. Glue snowflake to the front of the base.
11. Spray entire snowman with a sealer and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter.
12. Apply glitter glue to each eyebrow and sprinkle with glitter.
Now, I’m going to brag about Rebekah Meier for a minute, because I know she won’t. Rebekah’s known for her mixed media collage and fiber arts, and is a published author and nationally recognized teacher, too. At the CHA Show last week, Rebekah introduced her new line of gorgeous mandala stencils. Congratulations, Rebekah! Please go visit Rebekah and be inspired!
It’s Friday (hooray!) and I can’t wait to wrap up my work day and try out few new Valentine’s Day crafts. If they work out, I’ll share them with you soon. What are you making this weekend?