Isn’t it the best time to make a DIY snowman ornament when Christmas is just around the corner? This DIY Snowman charm is made by using no-bake lightweight air dry clay. Just leave it to dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
November is almost over, how time flies without any warning. I am miserable when the year is ending as I will be a year older (maybe wiser too) in a month to come, but…. what makes me happy about this season is that it is holiday crafting time!!! As the first dose of the holiday craft of this year, please welcome Pavel the clay snowman charm, made from extra-lightweight air-dried clay.
Pavel is a happy snowman, he loves Christmas and the icy cold winter. He dances when he is in joy, rocking and twisting his body as much as he possibly can.
How To DIY Snowman Charm
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What Modelling Clay To Use?
Clay craft is fun, you get to knead, roll, press, pinch, and pierce the clay dough into almost infinite figurines you want. A slight dissimilar in the shaping will give you a totally different look of the completed project, hence each piece of your clay figurine creation is unique and special. Moreover, it doesn’t take up too much of your time to make a simple project, thus it is great as a small gift for friends.
I love playing with play-dough with my kids but the only drawback is that it can’t last long in our climate. Recently, I found out about this non-bake air-dried clay, it is surprisingly light in weight. Without a second thought, I bought it immediately, now we can make something that can last longer and be decorative.
Besides air-dry clay, you may also use the popular polymer clay which is commonly available at the major craft stores. I prefer air-dry clay over polymer clay because I don’t have to bake it in the oven. However, there is right or wrong material to use, as long as you are comfortable with it.
What Supplies Do You Need?
All you need to get ready are some lightweight air-dry clay in the colors of white, black, orange, yellow, brown and green. We found extra-lightweight air-dry clay in the craft shop so it is an added advantage to have the DIY snowman lighter and great to make into a charm for a keychain. If you can’t find this air-dry clay at any craft shop near you, perhaps you can get them from Amazon (affiliate link).
Besides the air-dry clay, you need to prepare 2 pcs of 3mm black beads as the eyes of the DIY snowman. If you are making it as a charm, you will need to prepare the eye pin, key-chain ring, and jewelry pliers.
We happened to chance upon a toy walking stick that is just a great size for the snowman. However, if you are not as lucky as us, you can make one with copper wire and wrap some clay on it.
Just like more polymer clay modeling crafts, you will need to prepare some tools for shaping and sculpturing. Over here, we made it simple and we only use some simple items you can find in your house. We use toothpick and a pen lid or a drinking straw. Simple, right?
Are you all set to make this charming dancing snowman charm? Just scroll down for the DIY tutorial.
Want more Craftmas crafts to make? Click the link to find out more. Happy crafting!
- Extra lightweight air-dry clay, white, black, orange, yellow, brown and green
- Black beads, 3mm, 2 pcs.
- Eye pin, key-chain ring and jewelry pliers (if you want to make it as a key-chain charm)
- Pen cover or drinking straw
MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO MAKE PAVEL CLAY SNOWMAN CHARM
- a. Prepare the materials and tools as listed above.
Since the clay is air-drying type, keep them in sealed in plastic bags or containers. You may also wrap them in cling film too.
b. Knead the clay to soften and smoothen the texture if needed.
- Divide the white clay into 4 parts, 1 small, 2 medium and 1 large.
Roll them into the shape of a ball, as shown in the picture.
- Stack the white clay balls to build the snowman. You can stack them in straight or in zig-zag as what I did.
a. Press the beads into the face of the snowman to make the eyes.
b. Shape a tiny bit of orange clay to become an elongated tear-drop shape, this is the nose.
c. Gently press it on the face without bending the tip of the nose.
d. Impress a smiling mouth by using the pen cover or drinking straw.
- Impress the eyebrows by using the tip of the toothpick.
- a. Roll 2 tiny balls from green clay and 1 from brown clay.
Press them flat with thumbs.
b. Place them onto the snowman body, poke 2 holes deep into the snowman body to make a button look.
c. To make the arm of the snowman to look like a tree stick, roll 2 long sticks and 2 short sticks.
Adhere the short stick to the long stick and press lightly so they hold well.
d. Poke a hole at the “shoulder” area, big enough to let the arm to go in.
Repeat the same on the other side.
- Insert the arm into the hole. Repeat the same to the other arm.
- a. To make the hat of the snowman, roll 1 small and 1 bigger ball from black clay.
b. Press the bigger ball flat and shape the smaller ball into a short cylinder.
c. Press the short cylinder to the flat piece to assemble the hat.
d. Press the bottom of the hat with the pen cover to make a curvature dent to accommodate the rounded head of the snowman.
- Press the hat down lightly onto the head to affix them together.
- a. Roll the yellow clay to form a long rounded scarf.
b. Wrap the scarf around the neck of the snowman.
c. Pierce the scarf with a toothpick to give some texture look. Roll 2 tiny balls and stick them to the hat as decoration.
d. Insert eye pin into the snowman if you wish to make it into a key-chain charm.
Leave the snowman to dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours. Attach the key-ring to complete the clay snowman key-chain charm.