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Clay Polar Bears and Igloo

Your kids can create their own arctic tundra, complete with cute creatures, using child-friendly paper clay. TV crafter Kristin St. Clair from "The Martha Stewart Show" shares the how-to.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2012


If you don't have a bowl with a perfectly round bottom, place cotton on the bottom of a flat-bottomed bowl, then cover with plastic wrap to create a perfectly round work surface for the igloo.

Resources: Paper clay by Creative Paperclay Co.


  • Paper clay

  • Pencil

  • Black permanent marker (optional)

  • Bowl with round bottom

  • Toilet paper roll

  • Tape

  • Paintbrush


  1. Starting with a golf ball-size ball of clay, use palms to roll clay into a teardrop shape. Hold in palm and press side of pointer finger into teardrop vertically, leaving a little bit of clay untouched at the tapered top (this will be the head).

  2. Press side of pointer finger into clay horizontally, one third of the way down from the tapered top, to create a cross.

  3. Pinch each quadrant divided by the cross to create four legs. To make a tail, push the clay up on bear’s backside.

  4. If you want your bear to sit, place the bear's backside down on table and push head downward. If you want it to stand on all fours, place legs on table and push head upward. Use a finger dipped in water to smooth out any imperfections.

  5. To create ears, place two tiny balls of clay on head; smear back of ear with finger to attach.

  6. Place a pencil under the arms to hold the shape; let dry. Add eyes with a black permanent marker, if desired.

  7. Tuck in an edge of a toilet paper roll so it sits flush against the bowl; attach to bowl with tape.

  8. Roll out a thin layer of clay. Drape clay over bowl and press around form.

  9. Create "blocks" using the handle of a paintbrush, starting from the top and working your way down. Let dry.

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