How to Make a Green Man out of Clay

Make a mystical green man wall hanging to display in your home or outside in your garden. The green man is typically a sculpture of the face of a man with leaves on his face or as part of his face. This symbol was found mostly on walls near gardens in Europe and has its roots in pagan mythology's foliage god. Use green polymer clays to mould a jolly face by following a simple procedure.

Work some dark green and light green polymer clay in your hands to soften them and mix them together. Mix them so that they are not one solid colour to make the green more natural-looking. Break off a large piece, about 2 inches thick, and roll it into a ball. Leave the rest off to the side.

Flatten the ball on a piece of waxed paper on a baking tray and make it a little over 1/2-inch thick. Press your finger into the middle of the circle of clay, a little over halfway from the bottom, to make the eye sockets. Break two small pieces off the clay that you previously set to the side and roll them into balls. Press them into the eye sockets and blend the edges of the eyeballs down into the eye sockets.

Break another piece off the extra clay and roll it into an oblong shape, with one end wider than the other, to make the beginnings of the nose. Press the narrow end of the nose between the eyes with the wide end point down. Blend the edges into the surrounding clay, flatten the bottom of the nose and form nostrils with the point of a pencil.

Roll two small balls of the extra clay and blend them into either side of the face next to the nose to make the apples of the green man's cheeks. Create lips and a chin in the same way.

Form two pointed leaves with clay and press them above the eyes to make the green man's eyebrows. Create more small leaves of different shapes and sizes and attach them to his face. For example, two small maple leaves on his cheeks, or some spear-shaped leaves to form a beard and some hair around the top edge of his face. Poke a 1/8-inch hole near the middle of the top edge with a wooden skewer.

Put the baking tray in a conventional oven, preheated at the temperature specified in the directions for the polymer clay. Bake the clay for the amount of time indicated in the directions. Remove the baking tray from the oven and let the green man clay cool for about one hour. Loop a string or wire through hole in the top edge and hang up your clay green man.

Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Waxed paper
  • Baking tray
  • Pencil
  • Wooden skewer
  • Conventional oven
  • String or wire
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.