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Creating a Pinch Owl

Creating a Pinch Owl

Keep everyone in your home entertained with Mighty Mud’s Pinch Owl Project!  This is for all ages, kids and adults. Click the link below to purchase and reserve your box!  Pinch Owl pick up and drop off Hours: 11-3 Mon-Sat

Update 04/02/2020

We’re currently sold out of the Pinch Monster Box.  Follow us on Facebook to see our next project we’ll have!

Video Instruction

If you prefer to watch video instruction, check out our video below.  Otherwise, keep scrolling for attached pictures.

Follow along with Mighty Mud

Follow along with Mighty Mud.

Follow below for instructions.  You can download the printable instructions below.


Step 1:

  • This is your box.
  • In your box you have a plastic knife, 2 balls of clay, a heavy duty toothpic and bubble wrap.
  • Take out your clay and tools, Follow along images below

Step 2:

  • Start with the larger ball of clay, push your thumb down into the middle until you are about 1⁄2” from the bottom.


Step 3:

  • Begin pinching the sides of the clay making it go up, leave the top a little thicker than you think, if you pinch too thin the clay will break at the top.


Step 4:

  • You should be able to get a small, rough, cup size pinch pot. Take your time!


Step 5:

  • After you have the rough shape take some time and even out and smooth all the
    walls and the bottom, you can use a tiny amount of water.

  • Let it sit and firm up for
    at least a half an hour


Step 6:

  • Decide which side of your pot is the front and push in two spots for eyes


Step 7:

  • Take a small amount of clay and roll it out like a snake


Step 8:

  • Scratch all along above and around the top of the eyes where you want your snake to go to create it’s eye brows


Step 9:

  • Scratch and attach the coil of clay using a small amount of water on both scratched
    surfaces, use your finger or the other end of the toothpick to smooth


Step 10:

  • Find a circle the size you would like to use for the eyes, then cut two out. In the video we use a quarter but you decide.


Step 11:

  • Create and eyeball then scratch and attach it to the center of your circles.


Step 12:

  • Scratch and attach the eyes to the pot where you made the indents. Cut out a small triangle and attach it between the eyes for the beak. Then make two small balls that will be its feet.


Step 13:

  • Shape the feet how you like and make sure to add lines for toes(talons), then attach the feet to the bottom front of the owl scratching and using water on all surfaces


Step 14:

  • This is your time to be creative, does your owl need feathered texture, eyelashes, a tail feather? This is your owl make it look how you want.


Step 15:

  • More examples of texture and openings


Step 16:

  • Final example of our owl, be sure to watch the video for the other one.


Once you’ve finished your pinch owl, carefully, with an adult, wrap it in the bubble wrap. Then put it back in the box that it came in, you will probably want to put some newspaper around it so it won’t move around.

Have an adult bring the box back to Mighty Mud, make sure, with a marker, they put a name and phone number so that we can let you know when they are ready.

We will fire your owl in the kiln to make it hard. You have to make a decision whether you want to paint your owl at home with acrylics, watercolors, spray paint; or you can pick one of the following colors and we will dip your owl in that color before getting it back to you.

Pinch Owl Box Pick up and drop off Hours: 11-3 Mon-Sat