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Making a fimo chubby menagerie

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We are making Fimo animals on the blog today, you would be surprised at how easy, and how much fun it really is for little fingers!

My daughter has been keen to use Fimo for craft for some time. I have always resisted because it isn’t a craft supply that I am used to using. However, having been asked to make a craft with the money we have saved by going with Cavendish Online rather than another comparison site, I couldn’t keep saying no.

We looked at life insurance cover on the site for £100,000 and the difference in quotations for a year’s cover  was enough to buy ourselves a paintbrush and a wee bit of Fimo for that all important mascot building. Not content with making just one thing, they went for a whole menagerie! It is amazing what fun you can have with a simple saving ;-). We created everything from a tiger, to a penguin, a monkey and even a fish (from left to right in the top image above).

We just used YouTube for a bit of chubby inspiration and we were away! Why don’t you have a go too?

Materials

  • Fimo, various colours
  • Black and sandy acrylic paint
  • Delicate, pointed paintbrush
  • Craft tool, we used a scratch tool from a Yellow Moon scratch art set
  • Baking sheet
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Plastic covered placemat

Method

1. Decide what chubby mascot you are going to make. You need to make a small ball for the body. If you are making the penguin, you will need to start with a wide sausage, rounded at the top and flat at the bottom.

We have made a collection of fimo animals - here is a penguin from little man!

2. Create each one of the limbs, ears, tails, flippers, fins or beak – take your pick! Ears and fins are made from small balls and moulded into shape. The limbs are created from small sausage-shaped rolls, as is the tail. The spots on the fish are made from balls flatted to the right size.

Our little fimo fishes spots are really easy to do - just use squashed balls of fimo!

3. Attach each spot or limb by smoothing them down using either the end of your paintbrush, or any other thin, pointed tool. The tools that come with scratch art work really well!

4. Cook the Fimo in the oven once your chubbies are ready. Typically 110 degrees for 30mins, but if you don’t feel it is cooked enough, it is fine to put it back in the oven. The most important thing is to not let it burn, as it gives off noxious fumes.

Our fimo figures needed to be cooked in the oven - see you later!

5. Once it is cooked, add the details to the faces, and fish body using the black acrylic paint

6. The kids then decided they wanted their mascots to have their own “world” so we used on of our home-made placements to give them one – what do you all think?

Our little fimo figures even got their own little world to play in!

As you can tell, once you get the basic shape, you really can create anything. Fimo is wonderfully versatile.

Happy Fimo-ing!

This is a sponsored post, but we really did have a lot of fun with this and only spent a little to get a lot of fun!

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parent blog! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 80%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

Otilia

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

I always wanted to try modelling with fimo but never trued it. I am thinking that my girls would love playing with it as they also love playdoh. Thank you so much for sharing your post this week with the #pinitparty

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