Prickly Porcupine Toothpick Holder Using Plus Air Dry Clay

Air dry clay animal project

 A fun art project for educators to introduce the porcupine to students while still having a functional purpose! This cute little Porcupine would also look good taking center stage on a table at a party.

Materials needed:

Plus Air Dry Clay in Terra cotta

Clean work-space with paper or cotton sheeting

Small cup of water

Toothpick

Mini Popsicle stick (dollar store)

Mini cupcake paper

Black permanent marker

Clear acrylic sealer

 Educators can use this project in the classroom by showing pictures of porcupines to students describing every aspect that makes these mammals so unique.

Instructions:

To make this porcupine, begin by pulling off a piece of clay the size of a large walnut.

Air dry clay terracotta

Begin making a pinch pot by sticking your thumb into the ball of clay. Pinch the clay with your fingers on the outside of the pot and pinch and turn. Try to keep the mouth of the pot no more than 1 ½” wide. The pinched pot should be at least 1” deep so the toothpicks will stand up. Press the sides of the pot toward each other to create an oval shape for the body. Moisten your finger and smooth out any cracks that may appear.

how to make a pinch pot with air drying clay          working with air drying clay

Pinch off a piece of clay the size of a grape to make the head. Roll this into

a ball and then pull out the clay slightly to make a snout. It might look like a gumdrop.

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self drying clay

Moisten this piece and the pot and press firmly together to attach the head of

your porcupine. Using a mini Popsicle, gently blend the neck into the body.

PLUS air dry clay teraccotta

Roll out two small balls to make the ears. Press slightly and pinch into teardrops.

Moisten these two pieces and put on the head.

clay animal project
 

air drying clay porcupine

Press a pencil into the eye-holes and then with a toothpick draw the mouth

onto the porcupine by drawing a sideways “Y”.

 air drying clay animal model

With a small piece of clay the size of a marble, make a coil for the tail. Moisten both pieces and push it firmly on the body.

  air dry clay sculpture     clay porcupine tail

Pinch off a ball of clay the size of a grape. Cut the ball into 4 equal parts for the feet. Press these balls into small oval disc. 
Moisten the feet and the bottom of the porcupine and press feet firmly on.
You could use the mini Popsicle stick to blend these in.

  clay feet for pocupine
    

   Self drying plus clay

Take your toothpick and draw on the quills of your porcupine. Let your artwork dry completely. Take a black permanent marker and draw the eyes, nose and more quills.

Let dry. Lightly spray the clear acrylic sealer and let dry. More coats can be added for a shinier finish. Line your toothpick holder with a mini cupcake paper so that you can dispose of the paper after each use.

  finishing air dry clay project

Enjoy your prickly porcupine!!

plus air drying clay project porcupine

Design and photography by Karen Lowrey

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