Ganesha is a much-loved God and making him out of clay is such fun! Here’s an easy, step-by-step tutorial for an eco-friendly idol that you can make at home!
Step by step instructions for making a clay Ganesha at home
- Collect all the items needed for the Clay Ganesha.
- Make different-sized clay balls as shown in the picture and save some clay for decoration.
- Pick the biggest roll, press and roll it in the middle to make a dumbbell shape.
- Take the third biggest ball and roll it down to a tapering edge on one side. This will be the head of Ganesha.
- Take the second largest ball and pierce it with a toothpick. This will be the body.
- Attach the head to the body via the toothpick.
- Then take two smaller balls and roll them into thin strips as shown.
- Attach the strips as legs of the idol. Make two more strips and attach them as hands.
- Flatten a ball of clay and cut it in half.
- Attach the two halves as ears. Roll a thin strip of clay and twist it to place it atop Ganesha’s head.
- Make a shape as pictured above. Invert it and place it in the gap atop Ganesha’s head.
- Place two small balls on top of the structure. Next, take a star-shaped paper cutout and trace the shape onto a piece of clay.
- Insert two or three toothpicks into the dumbbell shape made in the beginning.
- Use the clay cutout of the star shape and place it on the toothpicks like a platform. Put Ganesha on top of the toothpicks to secure him in place.
- Use the back of the toothpick to make designs, eyes and markings on the body.
After drying him in the shade for 2 to 3 days, your eco-friendly clay Ganesha is ready. Just in time for Ganesh Chaturthi too!