In the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story “Free Sledding,” Martin and Sylvia enjoy an afternoon sledding. Is there snow where you are? Whether or not you are surrounded by wintry white, these mug buddies are a festive way to celebrate the winter season.
You Will Need
Polymer Clay (FIMO or Sculpey) – White, Orange, and Black
What To Do
Start by separating the package of clay into three smaller chunks – small, medium, and large.
Using your hands, gently roll the clay into balls.
Gently press the largest ball onto the side of a mug.
Once you have a good-sized indentation in the bottom of the largest ball, and it rests snug and sturdy on the edge, remove it from the side of the mug.
Add the medium and small balls to the top of the large ball gently but firmly. You want to make sure that you preserve the shape of the indentation.
Using the black and orange clay, decorate your snowman.
Following the package instructions, bake your snowman to cure and dry the clay.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
Pair with a sweet mug and a pack of hot cocoa or a few of your favorite tea bags for an excellent gift. Or, if you've decided to keep one for yourself (because who doesn't want one?), fill a mug with a warm beverage of choice, set your mug buddy on the rim, and enjoy!
Explore More & Make Connections
What items do you usually use to build a snowman with? Do you think you could use any of those items to make your mug buddy?
About the Authors
Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.
Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.