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28 August, 2019
This Ganesh Utsav, try something different! Make your very own Ganesh idol at home. Making your own clay Ganesha is a fantastic, eco-friendly alternative to purchasing Ganesha murtis made from materials that may cause water pollution during Visarjan.
If you are worried about how to accomplish this task, don’t stress. We have everything you need to get started right here! We know that learning something new takes practice and patience. So, we put together a blog that will help you learn how to make Ganesha idols with clay easily. The following pointers will teach you how to make Ganesha with clay, step by step.

What you will need:

Step 1: Dividing the clay

Step 1: Dividing the clay Image Source:
Take the modelling clay in your hand and divide it into proportions for different body parts of Ganesha.

Step 2: Make the stomach and the base

Step 2: Make the stomach and the base Image Source:
Flatten the modelling clay you set aside for the base like you would roll out a roti. Flatten the clay in such a way that it can hold the rest of the idol in place. Insert a toothpick in the middle of this modelling clay base, to hold the stomach in place. This will ensure that the structure stays in place even after drying. Use water to add a little moisture wherever necessary, while shaping your clay.

Step 3: Make the legs

Step 3: Make the legs Image Source:
Roll two pieces of modelling clay to make legs. Lightly press at the bottom of the legs to make the shape of feet.

Step 4: Make the hands

Step 4: Make the hands Image Source:
Connect the legs to the stomach and the pedestal using toothpicks. Press these into place well enough so that the joints are not visible. Once you are satisfied with the way these parts are securely connected together, roll out the shapes of arms out of the modelling clay and set them aside.

Step 5: Connect the hands to the body

Step 5: Connect the hands to the body Image Source:
Bend the pieces at the end slightly to give the shape of hands, as shown in the images.

Step 6: The arms

Step 6: The arms Image Source:
Attach the arms to the body as shown in the image.

Step 7: The head of Ganesha

Step 7: The head of Ganesha Image Source:
Roll the modelling clay into a round shape for the head. Place the head on the body.

Step 8: The ears and trunk of Ganesha

Step 8: The ears and trunk of Ganesha Image Source:
Shape two pieces of modelling clay to make the ears. You can use the image as a reference. Similarly, take the clay and shape it into a trunk.

Step 9: Designing Ganesha’s features

Step 9: Designing Ganesha’s features Image Source:
Using a toothpick, draw the features on the Ganesh idol. Gently flatten the ears.

Step 10: Decorating the Ganesh idol

Step 10: Decorating the Ganesh idol Image Source:
To make the crown, first roll out the modelling clay like a roti, about 6 cm in diameter. Once you are done rolling it out, use tools like a pen cap and a toothpick to make patterns on the crown. Allow this to dry. Place it on the Ganesh idol with some wet clay. Set the idol aside to dry off.
The making of Lord Ganesha at home is not difficult at all. To become a pro at it, start small and then try a bigger size. You can even use Camel Artist Acrylic Colours to paint your finished idol. All the best!

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