Ever since Winnie The Pooh's literary creation in 1926, this famous fictional bear has been heavily associated with his love of honey and the many incarnations of his classic honey (or "hunny") pot. This pot, though a necessary accessory for any Pooh collector, is difficult to find in manufactured form, but you can easily make your own to accompany your stuffed bear. Create a basic, old-fashioned clay pot shape using air-dry clay.
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Things you need
- 3 cups air-dry clay
- Spray varnish
Pull out and soften about 2 cups of clay to use in making the pot. Knead it with your hands, moistening if it seems dry. Do this until it's as soft as you want it to be to work with it comfortably.
Form the clay into a ball by rolling it beneath a flat hand on your work surface.
Drop the clay ball onto your work surface from a height of about 2 inches; this will flatten the bottom, slightly.
Press your fingers down into the top middle of the clay ball to make a hollow. Form the hollow it into a jar shape by squeezing and stretching the sides of the hollow, widening them. Wet your hands to help your smooth out and even this shape.
Refine the shape of the jar to narrow the bottom by rolling the lower half between your flat hands.
Pinch the clay at the top of the jar to flatten it. Roll down this section to form a round lip. Smooth this with wet fingers.
Inscribe the misspelled word "hunny" on the side of the jar using the toothpick; this is a common artistic choice when it comes to drawings and animation of Pooh's honey jar and will be a recognisable sign that it's his.
Let the jar dry until hard and dry to the touch all over, including the bottom; you may need to let the jar dry upside-down for a few hours.
Soften about a third of a cup of clay and form it into a ball. Flatten out the ball between your hands until it's just large enough to cover the mouth of the jar. Press your fist into the centre of the disc and shape the clay around your hand to make a dome shape.
Lay the dome-shaped clay on the mouth of the jar. Gently press it down to make an impression of the lip of the jar on the edge of the dome. Pull and reshape the sides of the dome as needed to fit them to the jar.
Form a tiny ball of clay of about a teaspoon's worth.
Attach the small clay ball to the top centre of the dome. Connect the two pieces by smearing the clay between them, making the joint between the two seamless.
Let the lid harden and dry.
Spray both lid and jar with a polyeurethane finish to make them water-resistant.
Tips and warnings
- For best results, work with a picture of Pooh's honeypot on hand while sculpting as a reference.
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