Bumblebee Pencil Holder
- Papier-mâché egg, 2-1/2”
- Polyform Sculpey Pluffy Clay: White, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow
- Black chenille stem
scissors, paper towels, wax candle, oven, newspaper and plastic placemat (for work surface), fine paintbrush, foam brush, needle, toothpick, pencil
- Acrylic paints: gold, black
- Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
- Thick tacky glue
- 1. Adults, help kids when piercing holes in egg.
- 2. Condition all clay before starting until soft and pliable. Working on plastic placemat, roll two 1/4” balls of White clay; flatten for eyes. Make one eye slightly larger than other eye. Flatten and place together on parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll two tiny balls of Blue clay; press onto eyes. Roll two larger balls of White clay; flatten and press together for wings.
- 3. Roll six small balls of White clay for arms and legs. Use toothpick to make one hole in each ball. Flatten two balls into oval shapes for feet. Break one toothpick in half for antenna. Roll two tiny balls of White clay; press onto broken ends of toothpick. Place clay pieces on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- 4. Roll two large teardrop shapes from Green clay; flatten for leaves. Mark vein lines using toothpick. Roll five nickel-size balls of Purple clay; form into flower petals. Slightly flatten and place over leaves. Mark petals with three lines each using toothpick. Roll another nickel-size ball of Yellow clay for flower center. Place on center of petals and flatten. Use large end of egg to make an indentation in flower center. Place sharpened pencil upright into one flower petal, pressing against egg. Remove pencil and egg. Position shapes on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- 5. Bake all clay pieces in oven at 275ºF for 10 minutes. Let cool in oven before removing.
- 6. On newspaper-covered work surface, use foam brush to paint egg gold. Let dry. Apply another coat for opaque coverage; let dry. Use fine paintbrush and black to paint four lines around bottom half of egg on larger end. Let dry. Add black smile above top line. Remove balls from antenna; spot glue and reinsert on toothpick ends. Paint antenna ends black; let dry.
- 7. Pierce two holes on top of egg for antennae using needle. Pierce two more holes on opposite sides of body near second line. Spot glue ends of antenna; insert into holes. Adhere eyes over antenna.
- 8. Adhere White balls onto ends of six evenly-cut chenille stems. Bend feet; adhere to center of flower. Let dry. Adhere ends of remaining stems in holes on body for arms. Let dry. Adhere wings to back of bee. Let dry.
- 9. Adhere body to flower center over legs. Let dry completely. Bend legs and arms into sitting position. Place pencil in hole; bend arms around pencil to hold in place.
by Sandy Rollinger