make it: toothpick sculptures and play dough

by mari

Toothpick Sculptures - Christmas Play Doh Activity - Clay and Toothpick Construction | Small for Big

There’s nothing better than playing with cool, smooshy, messy, smelly play dough. Whether it’s homemade dough, fancy modeling clay, or the smells-like-childhood Play Doh we all grew up with, it’s all worth it. Playing with clay is one of those visceral experiences that makes everybody smile.

play doh activity - modeling clay toothpick sculptures - toothpick snowflakes DIY craft

So when I got the chance to help Play Doh with some holiday-themed crafts and activities, of course I jumped at it! This is just one of the projects we came up with, but I have to say it may be my favorite. I think it’s because the design itself is so simple, but the possibilities and the growth are almost endless.

play doh activity - modeling clay toothpick sculptures - toothpick snowflakes DIY craft

Making snowflakes with toothpicks and Play Doh is really easy. Just make small balls of dough, and stick toothpicks into them. Start with a center ball, and place 6 toothpicks into it, radiating out like a star. Then keep adding balls of clay and extra toothpicks. Feel free to decorate them as you go – add extra balls of dough, or make different shapes for the centers. Grow the snowflakes as big as you’d like – they grow just like the ice crystals of a real snowflake or the ones that creep across your window panes.

play doh activity - modeling clay toothpick sculptures - toothpick snowflakes DIY craft

 

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