DIY - Making of Lord Ganesha at Home

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Ganesh Chaturthi, a very famous festival celebrated in my home country - India. Having moved to Florida, I didn't want to miss the celebration without traditional clay Ganesha. I remember watching making of mini-Ganesh in the streets back at home. So here is what I tried to replicate. I really enjoyed making this and it was one of the best Ganesh Chaturthi i ever celebrated. I hope you will enjoy too! Happy crafting!

Construction time - 60 to 90 mins

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
• Clay
• Toothpick
• Acrylic paint

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Step 1: DIVIDE YOUR CLAY TO FORM THE VARIOUS BODY PARTS

Divide the clay in proportion as shown in the image.

Step 2: MAKING OF STOMACH AND BASE

  • Flatten the base pedestal clay (like the way you would flatten roti dough). Flatten it in such a way that it has space to hold stomach and legs.
  • Insert a small piece of toothpick into one end of the base and fix the stomach onto that. This way these parts will stay together even after drying.
  • Use water when required to brush at places that are dry.
  • Roll out the leg portions as shown in the picture.

Step 3: MAKING OF LEGS

  • Press on top and bottom, and bend to form shape of the leg.

Step 4: MAKING OF HANDS

  • Fix the legs to the stomach and base pedestal, reinforce it with toothpicks. Press the joints of leg and stomach at the back, so that they become one and joints are not seen.
  • Roll out the hands in the same way as legs and bend them to form the shape of hands as shown in the image.

Step 5: FIXING HANDS

  • Fix the hands and gently press them to join it with the stomach.

Step 6: FIXING HEAD TO THE BODY

  • Insert a toothpick into the body and fix the head to it.

Step 7: FIXING EARS AND TRUNK

  • Similarly fix the ears.
  • Roll out the trunk (similar to legs and hands). Bend it and fix it to the head as shown in the image.

Step 8: ATTAINING BASIC FORM OF GANESH

  • Gently press the years and flatten them.
  • Make eyes, tusk and 3 tiers of head crown.

Step 9: ORNAMENTING

  • To make the back crown, first roll and press the clay like roti dough (about 6cm in diameter). Then use tools like bottle/mason jar lid, pen refill, pen cap to do the ornamentation.
  • Allow this to dry a bit and gently fix it to the body by using more wet clay.

Step 10: MAKING AND FIXING UMBRELLA

Kindly check the below link for making of umbrella.

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Paper-umbrella...

Fix the umbrella skewer to body of Ganesh using clay.

Step 11: CUTE LITTLE BAL GANESH AT HOME

  • Leave it to dry for couple of days and paint them.
  • To make the elevated pedestal, I have used a square thermocol piece (3"L x 3"B x 1"H) and wrapped it with 1" blue satin ribbon.
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17 Discussions

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Ritika Nagpal

Question 2 months ago on Step 1

Where can i get Terracota clay in Lusaka?or suggest a replacement of it

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GeetaV1

Question 1 year ago on Step 1

Hey Archana... your instructions are very helpful. I am writing this from Illinois. I am having hard time to gather information to know more about the clay. As this is first time, Can you please help me or let me know the link where I can buy clay.

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DevendraR4

Question 1 year ago

which clay you use to make ganesh murti and how much grm or kg clay you take to make murti of lord ganesh

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NimmyJ

3 years ago

great job, i would however place the trunk a little lower...but great work.

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VivekD7

4 years ago on Introduction

Is it possible to speed up the drying time from 2 days to 1 day or lesser?

Sure. Im happy to share it with you. Ganesha, favorite god to a lot from kids to adults. Derived from mythical story. We celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi festival by worshiping and honoring him with clay idols ranging from 1 ft to 10 ft high and with all his favorite sweets made at home. Here are a few snaps.

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ikr

4 years ago

Awesome :o you are good at this.. I always make him with chapatti dough for fun :P and i make him sit cross legged.. But he's soooooo cute this way.. :3 i love it! Voted!

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