Carved Totem Pole

Tools

  • AMACO: Balsa Foam Block, EZ Grip Modeling Tools
  • Acrylic paints, in colors of choice
  • Flat toothpicks
  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Measure and cut balsa foam block into 3”x4-1/2”x5” pieces creating four blocks. Use one block for each totem pole.

STEP 2

  • Research animals and choose two for totem pole. Sketch designs on scratch paper. Use sketches when carving totem pole shapes. (For bird, use tool to cut 1/2” from top of block. Cut 1/2” square into two 1/4” pieces for wings.)

STEP 3

  • Use craft stick to gently carve outline of animals in block. Carefully carve out larger areas first, creating general shape of animals.

STEP 4

  • Use tools to create details, lines, and eyes.

STEP 5

  • For bird's wings, attach onto sides of totem pole by inserting toothpicks into center and gently pushing into sides of totem pole.

STEP 6

  • On covered work surface, paint totem pole animals black and brown. Let dry. Paint details on animals in white and other colors. Let dry.
by Michelle Zimmerman for AMACO
Carved Totem Pole
Carved Totem Pole