How to Make a Polymer Clay Snowman Christmas Ornament
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a polymer clay snowman Christmas ornament. This is a simple tutorial which is great for beginners. I chose one of the easier ornaments for those new to polymer clay sculpture, give it a try! You can hang it on your Christmas tree or give it away as a gift.
There’s no more magical time of year than Christmas. Especially for children. I adored Christmas like most children. Some of my fondest childhood memories are etched in a time long past during the Christmas season. It’s bittersweet when you think of it, isn’t it?
Everything about the season was fun including the great feast of Thanksgiving which is the official start of the Christmas season. As a child, I loved the Christmas tree and the ornaments.
Especially the fantasy based ornaments. You know, Santa Clause, wooden soldiers, sugar plums, elves, and other mythical beings that somehow found their way into American Christmas culture.
Christmas morning nowadays
Today, I still enjoy Christmas, but now I see it through the eyes of my son. This is now his time for the wonderment of the holiday and the mystery of Santa Claus. Santa manages to drop by our house every year and when I went through a rough period in my late teens and early twenties, I received coal in my stocking until I finally straightened myself out. The moral of the story kids is to stay on the right path and always be helpful to those in need and the less fortunate.
Some of the greatest things concerning the anticipation of Christmas is the decorating, baking cookies, and creating crafts that for some reason, many people only do during the Christmas season. A couple of years ago, after I finished my first line of polymer clay fantasy figures. I decided to give Christmas ornaments a shot.
I figured, why not? Some of my creations came out really nice while others were mediocre at best. I’ll share them all with you. I’m not the type of person who shows only his success but not his failures. Failing at something is a fact of life that everyone goes through. You just have to get back up, brush yourself off, and keep going forward.
I created the following Christmas ornaments
- Santa Claus
- An elf
- Stockings, one with a puppy in it
- Many snowmen
- Gingerbread men
- Candy canes
- A wooden soldier
While there may have been others, that’s to the best of my recollection. One year, I mass produced polymer clay Christmas ornaments and gave them out as gifts. I did attempt a Christmas scene that had trees on a mound of snow with various animals and ornaments but it never came to fruition. Maybe someday.
Well, it’s time to get started with our snowman Christmas ornament. This ornament can hang on the Christmas tree or sit on an end table or mantle. Although it’s one of the heavier polymer clay Christmas ornaments, it hangs on the tree with no problem although you may have to tighten the hook around the limb of the Christmas tree.
Let’s get started. For a snowman Christmas ornament, you’ll need the following:
- white for the body
- orange for the nose
- black for the hat, eyes, and buttons
- green for the mistletoe
- red for the berries of the mistletoe
- red or green for the scarf
- gray, green, black, or red for the gloves
- gray for the band around the bottom of the top-hat which the mistletoe attaches to
- craft wire and something to cut it with (children ask your parents or guardians permission)
- sculpting tools
- an oven (again, only when children are supervised by an adult)
- oven mitts for safely taking the finished clay ornament out of the oven because the cookie sheet is hot and can cause burns
Both glaze and paint are optional. The glaze gives the ornament a shiny appearance but also protects it to some extent. I haven’t glazed any of my Christmas ornaments. Remember that when glazing, less is more. Too much glaze ruins an ornament. Secondly, paint is for touch ups and mistakes.
I occasionally use paint but do my best to avoid it. If you enjoy painting and are good at it, you could essentially create the entire snowman out of white clay and paint all the details. Painting isn’t my thing, my hands shake and I do a sloppy job. Even so, there have been a few situations where I successfully used paint to correct a problem.
Now let's make a snowman out of polymer clay
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Check out the video tutorial for more details on how to make a snowman out of polymer clay.