Things You'll Need
- Air-dry clay
- Needle tool or knife
Mice are small rodents that fit into the palm of your hand. However, many people would not want to hold a real mouse in their hands. Make a mouse out of clay that you would want to hold by focusing on the cute attributes of the animal. Air-dry clay works well for small projects and does not need to be fired in a kiln to harden. Be sure the clay is sufficiently soft for the craft, and add a few drops of water to make the clay more pliable.
Form a ball with the clay about 3 inches wide to begin your mouse. Scoop up a handful of clay and roll it around in the palms of your hand to make a ball.
Draw out one side of the ball to form the head. Create a pear shape with a rounded point, which is the nose. Press it gently onto a smooth surface.
Roll out a ball of clay about one-eighth-inch wide for the mouse's nose. Press it onto the front of the mouse's head at the pointed tip. Roll out two balls approximately half-inch wide each to construct two large ears. Press them down separately on a smooth surface to form two round shapes.
Press the ears on either side of the top of the head approximately 2 inches away from the nose. Roll out four balls of clay about half-inch wide for four feet. Form the balls into oval shapes.
Push the feet into the sides of the mouse. Two front feet go on either side of the front area just under the ears. Then place the back feet on either side of the mouse approximately 1-inch away from the front feet. Press each foot securely into the clay mouse.
Roll a snake-like coil with the clay to create the tail. Roll the coil about one-quarter-inch thick and 3 inches long. Press it into the bottom back of the mouse's body. Draw whiskers on either side of the mouse's nose with a needle tool or knife.
Push the needle tool or knife into the mouse's head to create eyes. Press the eye sockets one-half-inch away from either side of the nose. Roll two tiny balls of clay and push them into the eye sockets.
After the mouse dries, you can paint it with acrylic paint.
If you want a mouse that is standing on its back legs, arch its back slightly. Make the legs long and more distinct and bend the head forward.
Charong Chow has been writing professionally since 1995. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "Zing" and "Ocean Drive." Chow graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.