Air dry clay is a wonderful material to work with and mould into these beautiful paperweights. The theme is aquatic life and these are perfect under the weight of which you can organize your table top.


AGE GROUP: 10 yrs and above (Parental Guidance advised)



Use a flexible outlet pipe to work on this project. Cut a portion of the flexible pipe and insert one of its ends into the other to form a circle as shown in the images.

Mix the resin and hardener to make your shilpkar dough. Once mixed, you have about 20 minutes of working time before the dough hardens.


Make a Shilpkar coil and stick it on the top of the pipe (as shown in the image), using Fevicol MR. Make the limbs of the starfish using shilpkar. Attach these to the pieces using Fevicol MR. Use a scissor to work on finer details of the limbs. Allow the starfish to dry.

Paint the entire starfish using Fevicryl Acrylic color: Burnt Sienna. Work with a mixture of Fevicryl Acrylic Colors: Crimson, Orange, Lemon Yellow to paint the starfish. Use Fevicryl Pearl Metallic Rust to give an antique finish to the starfish.

You can additionally Varnish the starfish paperweight.


Make a Shilpkar coil and stick it on the top of the pipe (as shown in the image), using Fevicol MR. Allow the tortoise to Dry. Make the head, tail and limbs of the tortoise using shilpkar. Attach these to the piece using Fevicol MR.

Paint the entire Tortoise using Fevicryl Acrylic paint: Black. Once dry, apply Fevicryl Pearl Metallic Gold Paint onto the tortoise using your index finger. This gives an antique finish to the tortoise. You can additionally varnish the tortoise paper weight.


This DIY was designed for Hobby Ideas during my stint with them as a Content Expert.

Hobby Ideas is the creative wing of Pidilite Industries and is a leading Brand that promotes Art and Craft as a hobby.


  • Keep away from heat and flame.
  • Recommended usage of the products by children under parental guidance.

If you like this DIY and have made something by following this, do share your work and thoughts with me in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.

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