Harvest Mice Wreath

These cute little mice are simple to make from lightweight air-drying clay. Arrange them running around a rustic wreath for a cheerful harvest decoration.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time to Make

1 hour + drying time for Model Magic clay.

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. To make a mouse, shape a 3cm ball from Model Magic. Roll one end with your fingers to make a pointed nose and leave it to dry out. Make more mice in the same way.
  2. To make an ear of wheat, shape a 1.5cm ball from Model Magic. Flatten the ball into a 5cm thin leaf shape. Press a flat modelling tool down the middle to make a line then add diagonal lines down each side. Press the sides in to help keep the shape. Pinch the end into a short stalk and leave to dry. Make more ears of wheat in the same way.
  3. Paint the top of the mice with a light brown colour, leaving the underneath white. Leave the paint to dry.
  4. Glue small wiggly eyes near the pointed ends of the mice. For the ears, cut 2 small petal shapes from pink card. Use a cocktail stick or a flat tool to make 2 little slots above the eyes then push the ears in position with a blob of glue. The dried clay remains slightly spongy so it should be easy to push the ears in position.
  5. To make tails, cut 10cm pieces of string for each mouse. Lightly brush or sponge pink paint over the string and leave to dry. Make holes in the ends of the mice using the end of a thin brush or a pointed modelling tool then push the tails into the holes with a blob of glue.
  6. Paint the ears of wheat dark brown and leave to dry. Sponge yellow and white paint over the top to highlight the patterns. Leave to dry.
  7. Fix the mice and ears of wheat onto a rattan wreath with a glue gun. Tie a loop of ribbon at the top to hang the wreath.

Top Tip

Model Magic can take 48 hours+ to fully dry, so allow enough time for doing this before making the wreath. Turn the models over a couple of time during drying to help them harden more quickly. Models are ready to paint when the surface has dried. Finished models may remain slightly spongy to touch.

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