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A paper clay doll – a wedding cake topper

We got the wedding fever over here, because Eva is getting married in less than a year. Ohhhhh, so exciting, but so much to do and because we are usually doing it all by ourselves, why not try making a wedding cake topper.

After researching wedding toppers, Eva realized that any custom toppers are over a hundred dollars and that is just too much, so she started to play around with our favorite paper clay recipe (her current obsession) that was featured on the blog in the beginning of the year.

This doll won’t be the actual wedding topper because it is still too rough around the arms and chest and need to be worked on just a little more. Also the actual wedding topper will be even more personalized possibly with an alligator or maybe a compound bow or some other passion. This doll became a princess and was adopted by Olivia, my 3 year old daughter.

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This was only the second try and I can’t wait to see the future dolls. The first one was just clay and the facial features were too rough and she was a little lopsided. This time, Eva bought a small doll, which happened to be a mermaid from the dollar store, to use as the base. Since we only needed the actual skull and upper torso, Eva removed the hair, make up, arms and mermaid tail.

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To shape the dress, Eva used aluminum foil and covered it in clay. She also made the hair out of clay and shaped new arms and flowers. The doll had to dry 7-10 days.

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She tried to smooth the skin and shape the collar bones with a file but it didn’t work as expected and is still too rough. To mimic her own skin color, Eva mixed several colors. It turned out a little more orange. She colored the hair, the flowers, made a little necklace and of course most importantly drew her face back on. She used acrylic paint and nail polish to get some shine and glitter.

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In the end, the doll came out very cute and Olli loves to play with her. Can’t wait to see what Eva comes up with next.

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Beginner Simple Paper Clay Recipe

 

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After a rather long break, crafty Friday is back and better than ever. We have lots of crafts and projects that are ready to be shared. A couple days ago, we posted about our candy theme this year and got lots of questions about how to make the paper clay/ paper mache from the candy tutorial. This is the beginner recipe which is pretty simple and only uses 2 main ingredients, paper and water. We have used this clay recipe in the past for example to make the mushrooms for our forest Christmas theme.

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We also made various props for our Halloween Circus theme like the giant snake of the snake lady, the knifes of the knife thrower and the weights and medal of the strongman.

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Lets get started:

Ingredients:

Paper, Glue, Paint

You also need a paper shredder (optional), bucket, hand blender, kitchen towel/cheese cloth and a bowl

How to:

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With our photo props, we accumulate a lot of waste paper which we love to recycle into paper clay projects. You can also use regular paper, envelopes (without the plastic windows), newspaper, brochures or any old scrap paper. All plastic and staples need to be removed before it can be either shredded or ripped into very small pieces. (the smaller, the better)

 

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We usually fill a medium bucket about three quarters full.

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For each  3 to 4 cups paper pieces, we use about 1 cup of glue. Paste should feel like a play dough consistency that shouldn’t be too dry or too wet.

We used the clay in molds as well as shaped it by hand. Depending on the size, it can take several weeks to dry. We have let the clay air dry as well as  let it dry in the oven at the lowest temperature. But be aware that the paper could brown or even burn if it gets too hot.

The texture of the clay is rough and grainy, which worked out perfect for these projects. To get a smoother surface, the dried clay object can be sandpapered. Afterwards it is ready to be painted.

We will share a couple of other clay projects in the upcoming month…..

 

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Candy Candy Candy

 

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It’s the year of candy for us…. Let me explain. Every year we have a different Christmas theme. Wait what, why are we already talking about Christmas you might ask yourself. In the past we had different colors and themes like beach, forest, Harry Potter, damask black and white etc…. Last year’s Christmas was a magical forest and for the first time we had a little reveal for the family for this years theme. It was a little box filled with candy and a message announcing “Candy Christmas”.

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Because candy is such a fun theme that could be used all year around, we will also have a candy themed birthday party for Olivia in June…. and how about a candy Valentines?We have already been dreaming up some amazing candy creations and parties and can’t wait to share more throughout the year. My sister finished drawing some delicious candy which will be incorporated into the candy designs for the parties. Here are the different steps of one of her unedited drawings:

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We will share lots of sweetness throughout the year. Like our paper clay candy which might be transformed into a Christmas tree garland or table decoration. If you want to sweeten your own party, we included the different steps on how to make the candy.

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We used our beginner paper clay recipe which is basically only paper and glue. You can find the recipe on how to make the paper clay for all kinds of fun projects here:

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To make the balls, you also need a measuring spoon (we used 1 TBSP), different paints, clear foil and hot glue.

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It will be a sweet year 🙂

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