Polymer Clay Frame With Snowballs and Santa

Add decorative touches to an ordinary picture frame to create a personalized holiday gift.
tj30Meverden

tj30Meverden

Project by Becky Meverden.

Create a wintry picture frame with snowballs and a Santa made from polymer clay. 

Materials and Tools:

Premo Sculpey 2 oz. pkgs.: red, black, beige, green, 3 white
4" x 6" flat metal frame
permanent glue stick
2 tiny black marbles
clear glitter
straight pin
round toothpick
Nublade
pasta machine or acrylic brayer
paint brush
scrap paper
quilt batting
circle template, optional

Steps:

  1. Condition clay according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. To make the frame: Remove the backing and the glass from the picture frame, leaving only the metal frame. Sometimes there is a plastic coating covering the frame; remove that also.
  3. Flatten a sheet of polymer clay through the pasta machine at a #1 setting (1/8 inch). Use a Nublade to cut four stripes approximately 1 inch longer than each side of the picture frame.
  4. Rub a permanent glue stick all over the front of the frame. Place a strip of clay onto the front of the frame, lining it up with the inside edge of the frame. Place another strip onto the frame, butting the seams together. Continue around the frame. Use a Nublade to trim the excess clay as you cover the frame.
  5. To make the snowballs: Roll multiple white balls of clay in the following sizes: 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 inch. Press the snowballs randomly all over the frame, filling the entire frame.
  6. Place frame onto piece of scrap paper and sprinkle glitter all over the snowballs. Lift frame off of paper and gently tap off the excess glitter from the snowballs onto the paper. Pour excess glitter back into glitter bottle.
  7. Bake in a preheated 265 F degree oven for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  8. To make the Santa body: Roll an 11/16-inch red ball into a cone. To make his belt, flatten a black sheet of clay through the pasta machine at a #5 setting (1/64 inch). Use the Nublade to cut a 1/8-inch-wide strip and press the strip around the body, cutting off the excess.
  9. To make the legs: Roll two 7/16-inch red balls into 5/8-inch-long tapered logs. To make boots, roll two 3/8-inch black balls and shape into boots. Press onto the end of each leg. For the trim, roll a 3/32-inch-diameter white log. Press around each leg, covering where the boot meets the leg. Press the legs onto both sides of the body.
  10. To make the arms, roll two 3/8-inch red balls into 5/8-inch-long tapered logs. Roll two 7/32-inch green balls into teardrops and flatten slightly for mittens. Roll two 1/8-inch green balls into teardrops and flatten slightly for thumbs. Press onto one side of each mitten. Press mittens onto the end of each arm.
  11. To trim, roll a 3/32-inch-diameter white log and press around the end of each arm. Press arms to both sides of the body. Make sure the thumbs are pointing up towards the head, the same direction as the boots.
  12. To make the head, roll a 5/8-inch beige ball. Press two tiny black marbles into the head for the eyes. Use a toothpick to indent two squint lines by each eye.
  13. For the beard, flatten a 1/2-inch white ball into a triangle (beard) shape. Press beard around the head and up each side until even with the eyes. Curl end. Use a toothpick to texture beard.
  14. To make the mustache, roll a 1/8" x 1-1/4" white log. Bend log in half and curl each end up to the center to make the mustache. Press onto the face.
  15. For the nose, roll a 1/16-inch beige ball and press onto the center of the mustache. Use a toothpick to indent a mouth.
  16. To make a hat, roll a 9/16-inch red ball into a 1-3/8-inch-long log, tapered to a tip. Use the rounded end of a paintbrush to make a hole in the center of the hat. Gently roll the paintbrush around the hole, making the hole larger until it fits over the head. Press hat onto top of head.
  17. To trim, roll a 1/8-inch-diameter white log and use your fingers to flatten the log slightly. Press around the hat and cut off the excess. Curl the tip of the hat. Roll a 1/4-inch white ball to make the pompom for Santa’s hat. Use the blunt end of a paintbrush to make a hole in the pompom. Press hole onto end of hat and press to secure.
  18. Place the body onto the top of the frame and press gently onto frame. Press a straight pin halfway into the top of the body to stabilize the head. Press the head onto the top of the body.
  19. Place the frame on a piece of quilt batting for support and bake in a preheated 265 F degree oven for 30 minutes. Let cool.

Next Up

Make a Tinwork Picture Frame

Decorate a piece of tin with sun rays and star punches for a one-of-a-kind Southwestern design.

How to Make a Fabric Picture Frame

Frame a favorite photo in a whimsical fabric art frame with these simple steps.

Dimensional Collage Frame

Pick out images from magazines to create this dimensional collage frame.

Window-Frame Mirror

Create a looking glass with a different look.

How to Make an Ornate Framed Chalkboard

Elegant meets humble when a sophisticated gilt frame surrounds an inexpensive DIY chalkboard. Place it in the dining room with a thoughtful greeting for holiday guests, or use it to announce the dinner menu or evening's festivities.

Mother's Day Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Frames

The kids will have a great time making these one-of-a-kind keepsake frames that Mom will love, especially when a favorite photo is included.

How to Make an Autumn-Inspired Framed Mirror

This multidimensional mirror features wooden branches and fabric-painted leaves, bringing instant style to any home.

How to Make Star Twig Candle Frames

Line a walkway for the holidays with this beautiful design.

How to Make a Silver Clay Origami Crane Ornament

Fold a clay origami crane to hang as a decorative ornament in a window or on a holiday tree.

How to Make a Framed Child's Silhouette

A framed silhouette is a classic keepsake and makes a thoughtful Christmas, birthday or Mother's Day gift. A digital camera, computer and printer make this centuries-old craft a snap.

Stories We're Following

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.