Hobby Lobby is a dangerous place for me when it comes to impulse buys. Can you relate? On my last trip, I was shopping with all three children (which is enough to put me into a state of intense perspiration…but that’s another story). On this particular shopping adventure, I saw a bag of GORGEOUS, brightly colored marbles on an end cap in the checkout line. Usually the brilliant minds at Hobby Lobby save these locations for trendy “Frozen” toys, the glue sticks that you forgot back on aisle 17, and candy. But marbles? Who buys marbles?? Apparently I do. I couldn’t resist. The marbles sat on my counter for a couple days before I came up with a plan for them…kid-made miniature garden snails!
I love seeing gardens (especially miniature gardens) with little critters and treasures tucked in the plants. Some cute snails seemed like just the thing my patio plants needed! And the best part? I was able to get out my Sculpey clay for Addison to try out! So here’s how we made them.
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- Sculpey polymer clay
- multicolored marbles
- craft wire
- Cookie Sheet
- parchment paper, a paper plate, or a plastic placemat to work on…protect your table!
Sculpey clay is great for kids to work with. It’s soft and pliable, and there are tons of fun colors to chose from. Addison had a blast playing with it while we made our miniature garden snails!
To begin, place a piece of parchment paper, a paper plate, or a plastic placemat at your work space. The Sculpey clay can stain surfaces and leaves a bit of a film on wood finishes.
Tear off a small amount of the clay color of your choice. Roll it into a small oval shape. it should be about 1 1/2-2 inches long and it should be slightly tapered on the ends. Bend one end up a bit to make your snail’s head.
Press a marble on to the snail’s back to make an indentation. This indentation will stay there when you bake your snails. You’ll glue the marble on later.
Next, cut 1/2″-1″ pieces of craft wire. You will need two per snail. These will become your snails’ eyes. Gently press the wire pieces into your snails’ heads. The wire can stay there during baking.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Place your snail bodies on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake the snails for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
Next, place a small dot of glue in the indentation you made with the marbles earlier. Place the marbles on the glue and allow to dry completely.
Your finished snails will be water resistant (don’t submerge them in water) and will add SUCH a cute touch to your garden or potted plants!
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