Myra From My Little Mochi kindly sent us this tutorial.
This is an easy winter craft I did with my son. Unfortunately, we don’t have pinecones in our part of the world, but if you do in yours it would make for a nice joint nature walk and craft to go look for a variety of different shaped pinecones.
You will need:
Tan polymer clay for face, ears, legs
Black polymer clay for nose
Large (4 mm) black beads for eyes
Small paint brush
Drinking straw for mouth
Toothpick for details
White tacky glue
For younger kids it might be good to prep the materials ahead
of time. Once all the materials are assembled it goes together
fairly quickly. And be sure the area is well ventilated during the
Form the ball into a cone shape and firmly press it into the flat side of the pinecone. Use your thumb to further press and spread the outer edges of the cone onto the pinecone. Using your fingers slightly pinch the point of the cone upward to form an upturned nose.
Press the small and large logs into the bottom of the pinecone. Make sure the legs are placed so that the hedgehog is well balanced and won’t fall forward.
Use the toothpick to add details to the feet.
Slightly press the tiny balls onto the top of the head and then use the back of a small paint brush to create an indention for the inner ears.
Use the toothpick to slightly score the tip of the cone/nose and then place a small ball of black polymer clay onto the scored area for the nose.
Press the black beads onto the face for the eyes.
This is a trick I use to make a quick and easy mouth. Use a pair of scissors to cut away half of the tip of a drinking straw to create a “U” shape and then press the “U” tip of the straw into the face for the mouth. Perfect mouth every time!
Prior to baking, use a small paintbrush and lightly apply blush to the inside of the ears and on the cheeks. Blow away any excess powder.
Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions in a well ventilated area.
Note: the pinecone may expand a bit during the baking process. Should any of the pieces fall off or come loose, use white tacky glue to re-attach to the pinecone.