Sculpt an Animal Crossing House and Villager Raymond




Introduction: Sculpt an Animal Crossing House and Villager Raymond

Hi! This tutorial will show you how to sculpt Raymond and his house from Animal Crossing New Horizon with paper clay ! :)


For the paper clay figures :

-Paper clay

-Styrofoam balls

-Black polymer clay

-Acrylic paint

-Paint brushes

-Iron wire

-Plastic wrap

-Black marker pen

-Toothpicks and sculpting tools

- Rolling Pin

-Wooden skewers

For the house :

-Corrugated cardboard

-Paper clay

-Printer paper


-Hobby knife

-Toothpicks & sculpting tools


-Gesso (primer)

-Green, Brown, Grey and Beige acrylic paint

-Wallpaper paste

-2 Craft foam sheet

-Soldering iron

-Brown polymer clay

-Single led light

Step 1: Sculpt an Animal Crossing Villager With Paper Clay

For this step, you will need paper clay, toothpicks, sculpting tools, paintbrush, wooden skewers, iron wires and styrofoam balls.

First, I printed out a picture of Raymond and Marshal, my favorite villagers.

Next, I took a chunk of paper clay, flattened it with a rolling pin and wrapped it around a styrofoam ball.

I rolled and smoothed the clay, around the styrofoam ball. Then, I stuck a wooden skewer at the bottom of the ball.

The villagers head are not perfectly round so I slightly sculpted them into and oval shape by applying pressure at the top and the bottom.

For the ears I sculpted two simple teardrop shapes and pressed them onto the head. I blended the seams with a wet paint brush and carved the inside of the ears.

The paper clay needs to dry for at least 8 hours. So in the meantime, I started sculpting the body.

I sculpted a very simple "bean" shape for the body with paper clay as shown in the pictures. I pierced holes for the arms and legs and made a tiny wire skeleton. The arm and legs were very easy to sculpt, I used a paintbrush dipped in water to smooth the paper clay.

I sculpted the tail and glasses later with black polymer clay.

I let the clay dry overnight and put the head on the body.

You can use a heat gun to help your clay dry faster if you can't wait to start painting this adorable figure ! :)

Step 2: Paint the Figure

Before painting the villager's head, I made a simple stencil with paper and drew his face with a mechanical pencil.

Raymond has bluish light gray fur so I used grey and blue acrylic paint to paint his face and body.

With light yellow acrylic paint, I painted the blond tuft of hair on his forehead.

I mostly used paint markers for his eyes. You can use a light brown marker for his right eye and a bluish green marker for his left eye.

I painting his eyelashes, mouth, nose and ears with black acrylic paint. You can use a black marker for finer details such as the eye pupil.

The tip of his arms and legs are also painted in black, the black markings on his fur make him look like a grey siamese cat.

The inside of his ears is light pink, so I applied light pink acrylic paint with a small flat paintbrush.

Let the paint dry and sculpt clothing with black polymer clay.

Step 3: Sculpt Other Villagers

Using the same technique, you can sculpt other villagers with paper clay.

Step 4: Let's Make the Cardboard House

For this step you will need a pair of scissors, hot glue, white glue, cardboard and the three pdf files below.
First, I printed out the three pdf files for the house template.

Then, I cut out the template and glued it on a large piece of cardboard. I used a sturdy pair of scissors to cut out the cardboard.

Step 5: Glue the Base of the House

Glue the four pieces of cardboard together as shown in the pictures.

Step 6: Cardboard for the Roof

Print the pdf template for the roof and the front of the house.

You can bend the cardboard as shown in the picture and glue it to the front of the house.

Step 7: Paper Mache

In order to fill the hole between the front of the house and the roof, you can use this simple paper mache technique.

Use masking tape to cover the hole and prepare some wallpaper paste.

Cut a few thin strips of paper, just enough to cover the hole.

Next, apply wallpaper paste to the paper and place it on top of the masking tape.

Let the glue dry for an hour and move onto the next step.

Step 8: Gesso and Paint

Use a paintbrush to apply gesso on the walls and the roof. This will prepare the surface for the acrylic paint.

Let the gesso dry for about two hours. You can use light yellow or beige acrylic paint for the house.

The paper might curl because of the paint, but it will lay flat again once it dries up.

Step 9:

For the stairs, cut two pieces of corrugated cardboard (about 3,7 inch large).
Cover the cardboard with paper clay and sculpt the wood planks on the stairs.

Step 10: Sculpt the House Trims

I used craft foam sheet and paper clay to carve and sculpt the trims as shown in the pictures.

You will need to cut craft foam sheet for the trims at the bottom and top of the house. You can glue them on with hot glue and cover them with paper clay.

Once you're done sculpting the trims, smooth out the clay with a wet paintbrush.

Step 11: Make a Tiny Door

In this step you will need a pair of scissors, brown polymer clay, green acrylic paint, parchment paper, a simple plastic sheet, and a thin sheet of green craft foam.

Use the template for the door and cut out the craft foam sheet with an X-acto knife.

Paint the door with green acrylic paint, add lime green highlights around the edge. This will give more dimension to the door's texture.

For the door's embellishments :

Take a small chunk of brown polymer clay and sculpt the details on the door. You can start by making thin snakes of clay. Arrange them as shown in the pictures and use a ball stylus to sculpt the doorknob.

Place the clay on parchment paper and bake it in a kitchen oven.
Follow manufacturer's instructions on the package => for Fimo polymer clay : 230°F (110°C) for 20 minutes. Remove the polymer clay from the oven and let it cool down a bit.

Next, use a simple plastic sheet to create the "glass" insert on the door.

Step 12: Carve and Paint the Bricks

Draw bricks on a sheet of craft foam.

Next, cut out the layers of bricks for the miniature house.

Use a soldering iron as shown in the pictures to carve the bricks.

Let the craft foam cool for an hour.

Use a flat paintbrush to paint the bricks with khaki green acrylic paint.

Step 13: Sculpt Roof Tiles and Chimney

Flatten a large chunk of paper clay and trim off the excess clay.

Make a large rectanglular shape with paper clay and sculpt the roof tiles.

Use a wet paintbrush to make the clay stick to the roof.

Print the template below for the chimney and glue it on a small piece of paperboard (I used the cardboard from a cereal box). Bend the paperboard as shown in the pictures and cover it with paperclay.

You can use a ruler to sculpt the bricks of the chimney.

Next, glue the chimney on the roof and let the clay dry overnight.

Step 14: Paint the Trim, the Roof and the Chimney

Paint the trim and stairs with brown acrylic paint.

You can use a dark green color for the roof and light gray paint foir the chimney.

Once you're done painting, you can glue the bricks to the walls of this tiny house !

Step 15: Make Miniature Windows

For the windows you can use balsa wood or popsicle sticks.

Cut the popsicle sticks with a pair of scissors, and make 3 small windows.

Paint the windows with brown acrylic paint and glue a piece of clear plastic behind them.

Step 16: Glue the Windows

Glue the windows to the walls and you're done !

Step 17: Bonus Step : Sculpt the Tree

For this step you can use some paper clay, aluminium foil, a toilet paper roll, a pair of scissors, brown and green acrylic paint and three styrofoam balls.

Print four times the pdf files for the leaves. Cutting out the leaves will take some time but it'll make the tree look just like in the game.

Use light brown acrylic paint for the tree trunk.

Paint the three styrofoam balls in a light green color.

Glue the green styrofoam balls to the the tree, as shown in the pictures.

You will need to glue the leaves one by one on the styrofoam balls.

This step takes patience, but the result is worth it ! :)

Step 18: Sculpt Some Cherries With Polymer Clay

There are five base fruits in Animal Crossing New Horizon (apples, cherries, pears, oranges, peaches). Oranges are the native fruits on my island, but cherries are my favorites.

Here's how to sculpt the cherries. You will need red and bright green polymer clay, clear nail polish, iron wire and a hot glue gun.

1) Take a small chunk of red polymer clay and roll 6 balls of clay.

2) Insert wire inside the cherries to make them easier to attach.

3) Sculpt the cherry stems with green polymer clay and attach them to the polymer clay balls.

4) Trim off the excess clay as shown in the pictures.

5) Place the clay on parchment paper or aluminium foil and bake it in a kitchen oven.
Follow manufacturer's instructions on the package => for Fimo polymer clay : 230°F (110°C) for 20 minutes. Remove the polymer clay from the oven and let it cool down a bit.

6) You can apply clear nail polish on the cherries in order to get this shiny effect.

7) Glue polymer clay cherries on the tree and you're done~

Step 19: Put Everything Together

Have fun with these adorable Animal crossing figures !

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. :)

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    11 days ago

    AHHH this is adorable marshal is my little marshmallow i have away to many nicknames for an animated character my fav nickname is mar-mar 🥴


    Reply 11 days ago

    Thank you ! I love his little grumpy face 😊


    Reply 11 days ago

    one day he wanted to change my nickname to babe I was like waaaaaaaaaaaaaa???/


    Reply 10 days ago

    Haha he's so random sometimes. One day, he was being super friendly and sent me a postcard with a gift out of nowhere...and the gift was...a bidet 😕
    Raymond also sent me a bidet three weeks later. They're really not good at this 😂


    Reply 9 days ago

    Oh my gosh! This is probably the most hilarious conversation I have ever heard! Maybe you could send him a toilet if he's such a big fan of bathroom furniture!


    11 days ago

    Hey wait a minute... whos that extra villager hanging out behind the tree is it perhaps.... judy???


    Reply 11 days ago

    Haha I'm so glad you spotted Judy in the background ! :D
    She's the first villager I sculpted, so her face looks a little bit off...

    Question 16 days ago

    Impressive and Cool....Not gonna lie I luv animals and the way you expressed it.. is really really cool.....It is so deatailed...


    Answer 16 days ago

    Many thanks for the kind words :) I'm so glad you like it !


    18 days ago

    This is marvelous! The details on the house and all the leaves are amazing.


    Reply 18 days ago

    Thank you ! I tried my best to make them look just like in the game :)

    Super Cosmos
    Super Cosmos

    20 days ago

    These are soo cool i'm a fan of animal crossing and i luv these!


    Reply 20 days ago

    Hi ! Thanks :) do you have Raymond on your island ?

    Super Cosmos
    Super Cosmos

    Reply 19 days ago

    You're welcome, and I don't have Raymond but I do have amiibo and I will invite Raymond to stay at the campsite!

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    20 days ago

    These are all super impressive!


    Reply 20 days ago

    Thank you so much :)