Crafty Boys

My kids and some crafty friends got together for an afternoon of making stuff for this year’s Youth Craft Fair at our local library. They really want to top last year’s big profits ($7 each)! Here’s the equation:

Five boys + one afternoon + basic supplies (paper, glue stick, Fimo, magnet tape, duct tape, felt) =

Angry bird magnets!


Darth Paper (a la Origami Yoda)

Fimo (polymer clay) aliens

Wacky Package magnets

Wee folk

Doesn’t this wee creation remind you of Fisher Price Little People? And I’m not talking about those bulbous plastic guys the toy company makes today–I mean the old-school wooden peg people that unfortunately were small enough to be choking hazards. (I never once thought of chewing Little People myself, but my brother and I did routinely place them in the Habitrail where our gerbils nibbled off their little heads.)

I spotted this beret-sporting Lilliputian at a kids’ craft fair at my local library. My friend’s 12-year-old daughter Grace made it out of Sculpey clay. She even fashioned French accessories to go with it: a baguette & a slab of fromage!

Of course, my kids had to try it at home: so we rolled some Fimo (Sculpey, or any polymer clay will do), poked eyes with toothpicks, and baked (per instructions, 30 minutes @ 230 F). We made miniatures of each member of our extended family with eensy IPads, skis, and pets to go with them. 

Aunt Julie with her cat named Little Head