Every year I make ornaments for my sons. Something I can put their names on, hang up.... and when they grow up and leave home? They can take the whole lot with them. At the rate I'm going they'll be the only 20 year old men with FULLY decorated Christmas Trees! ha ha ha
Anyway, this year my 5yo told me he wanted ALIENS! for his ornament.
Not a snowman, or a penguin, or something festive but.....
So, I did what any Mommy who's obsessed with clay would do.
Their names aren't on them yet.
These were taken after I glazed them.
I dig the contrast of the red against the "alien skin".
I also wanted to try something different with the eyes rather than using beads like I do for my other "critters". The eyes are all clay. I'm kinda proud of that!
....and their teeth, toenails, and belly buttons!!
Yay for belly buttons!
The idea for the tail only came to me when I realized I had some of the green left over. My husband wanted the little spade at the end of it. I think it's a little "dragon-ish" for an alien, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I love the spots in their skin. It was a little trying at first, but then I got the hang of it.
I want to make more of these guys now! ha ha ha
There are even tiny spots on the tip of their lil' alien noses!
I think the boys are gonna LOVE 'em! Our youngest turns 3 on Sunday, and we've decided to wrap these up and let them open them on Max's birthday. Just so they can put them up NOW rather than wait until Christmas morning.
As far as construction, sure -- I see some flaws. The lines around the eyes aren't quite as smooth as I'd like, but all in all I think our 5 and (almost) 3yo will be happy with 'em.
Opinions and pointers are ALWAYS welcome!
Thanks for lookin'!