Make a Teddy Bear Paperweight From Dough
If you are looking for a fun and easy craft project that you can do on a rainy day, look no further than this adorable teddy bear paperweight. It is really easy to make, and you just need to make sure that you get Mom to help you with the oven. Here’s what you will need:
- 2 Cups of flour
- 1/2 Cup of salt
- 3/4 Cup water
- Egg yolk
- Teddy bear googly eyes
- Poster paints and brushes
- Glass of water to clean brushes
- Stick-on rhinestones, buttons and other decorations
- Black felt-tipped marker for drawing details
Make The Dough:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- This part might get a bit messy, so make sure Mom doesn’t mind. Mix all of the dough ingredients, and knead (squeeze, press, roll and push) for about five to ten minutes, until it has a nice smooth texture.
- Break dough apart into chunks for the head, body, arms and legs. To keep the dough from sticking to your hands, coat your hands with flour.
- Roll the chunks into balls – one large one for the body, a smaller one for the head, and four little ones for the arms and legs. Make sure that the backs of each ball is flat, so that the teddy bear paperweight will rest nicely on a flat surface. For the head, squeeze a couple of bits of dough on the top to form small rounded ears. If you want, you can make a well in the belly, which can hold paperclips, thumb tacks and other small items.
- Insert toothpicks into the body where you plan to put the head, arms and legs, leaving a little bit of each toothpick sticking out of the body (diagram 1). Using a paint brush, spread some of the egg yolk at each place where you have a toothpick (this acts as a sort of glue to help hold the pieces together better).
- Stick the head and four smaller dough balls onto the toothpicks (diagram 2).
- Place your teddy bear on a cookie sheet, and ask your Mom to put it in the oven to bake for about a half an hour. Make sure you use a timer so you don’t forget to take your paperweight out of the oven.
- Remove the paperweight from oven, and allow it to cool before you start decorating it.
Decorating Your Teddy Bear Paperweight
Now you are ready to decorate your paperweight! There are all kinds of things you can do to personalize your teddy bear and make it your own. Start by painting it whatever color you want it to be with your poster paints. You can also use texturized paints to make your teddy bear look like it has fur. Make sure that you paint the facial area, ears and paws a lighter color than the rest of the body.
If you want, you can paint on some colorful clothing, like a bright vest or a cool t-shirt with a fun saying. Draw in the facial details (nose and mouth) with the felt-tipped marker, and any other details you would like to highlight. You can also add glitter, rhinestones, buttons and other decorations to make your bear uniquely yours.
By Chris Molnar, a writer and work at home Dad. He has two un”bear”ably cute daughters – the youngest just turned one and would eat her sister’s bear paperweight if given the chance. Chris edits a website full of theme party decorations, ideas and tips. Check out some great Elmo birthday ideas, his youngest’s favorite character.