It’s amazing how real fantasy worlds can seem sometimes, right? I know I wished I could take a ride on the Hogwarts Express, or climb up the Faraway Tree. Another fantasy world that’s all the rage now is that of Pokémon, with lots of TV shows, games and more doing the rounds. A random search for Pokémon is likely to turn up images of a cute little yellow creature, a little mouse-like and with long ears. This little guy is a Pikachu, a species of Pokémon, and the most popular one too! We’ve already done a Pokémon Pokéball clay magnet craft, so I guess we’re going through a bit of a Pokémon phase now! Our latest craft only proves this point – a DIY Clay Pikachu Pencil Topper for Kids!
DIY Clay Pikachu Pencil Topper
- Porcelain Clay
- Acrylic paints – Yellow, black, red and white
- Petroleum jelly
- A plastic sheet or nonstick mat
- Clay modeling tools
1. The clay we’ve used for this pencil topper is porcelain clay, and you can make it at home without much effort and without spending a bomb! This tutorial will give you translucent porcelain clay, and you can add paint to make it any color of your choice. For Pikachu, add a few drops of yellow acrylic paint to get the desired shade. Do the same with black paint and red paint with smaller balls of clay.
2. Pinch off two balls of yellow clay and shape them into barrels as shown in the picture, with flat tops and bottoms so that they can stand without support.
3. Insert a toothpick into a barrel and push the other one on top of it. Smooth the top so that it resembles a head.
4. Push a pencil into the base to make a hole for the pencil topper.
5. Take two small pieces of yellow clay and fix them to the base of the Pikachu to make his feet. Smoothen the rough edges and ensure that the feet are identical and the whole topper can stand without support.
6. Out of the same yellow clay, make four small but thick cylindrical rolls. Two of these are for the ears and two are for the arms.
7. To the ends of each ear, fix a small piece of black clay. Make sure the black tip is fixed firmly on the end of the ear and then make the tip pointed.
8. Once the ears are ready, stick them on to the head in Pikachu’s classic style, with one upright and the other bent sideways.
9. Take the other two rolls and stick them to the sides of the body for the arms. Bend one of the arms upwards as shown in the picture.
10. Make a longer thick cylinder from yellow clay and fix it to Pikahu’s bottom to make his tail. Curve the tail slightly upwards so that it doesn’t touch the surface.
11. Your Pikachu is coming along nicely! From the black clay, make two small ovals for the eyes and stick them on Pikachu’s head. Add another tiny dot of black clay for the nose.
12. Make two small circles from red clay for Pikachu’s cheeks and fix them on the sides of his face.
13. Using white paint, paint on the pupils of Pikachu’s eyes and using black paint, paint on a nice big smile!
Your Pikachu is ready! Leave him undisturbed for at least 3 days in a cool dry place, away from humidity & direct sunlight. Soon he’ll be ready to rest on your pencil as you do your work, like a good friend! This is also a lovely little gift to give your friends or to stuff in stockings during Christmas! After all, who wouldn’t appreciate a cute little friend while doing homework!