Recently, my daughter got a few Trolls figures, that she plays with all the time these days. One afternoon she asked me if we could make little houses for these trolls, because “they need a place to sleep, of course” 😉 . I got inspired for this project by those adorable pod shaped houses that we saw in the ‘Trolls’ movie.
Homemade Clay Recipe
First we whipped up a batch of homemade clay, using only two ingredients and water and started making Trolls inspired pod houses! (Of course, you can make these little houses for any small toy creatures you have at home, not just Trolls.)
I followed this recipe for homemade clay that called for 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of corn starch and 1 1/2 cups water. My first batch came up too wet, so we kneed in a bit more of corn starch afterwards. (In the next batch I tried adding 1/2 cup less water and it came out great without adding any additional corn starch). Both versions are good, use whichever you prefer!
Following the instructions;
- We added all ingredients in a larger pot and whisked them together.
- Then we heated the mixture over medium heat, while slowly mixing it. I recommend that you don’t leave the pot out of sight if not necessary, because after a few minutes, the mixtures starts to thicken really quickly!
- When the mixture reached the consistency of mashed potatoes,
- we poured the mixture into a large bowl, and covered it with a wet towel.
- After a few hours, we kneaded the dough.
That’s it! the process was really easy and the dough had a very pleasant smell (unlike most store bought versions we’ve tried). Yay for that!
How to make Trolls Inspired Pod Houses
Now to the building part!
You’ll need a few water balloons (one for every house) which you inflate with air. The water balloons will easily burst if you inflate them too much, keep that in mind. We used a regular air pump to inflate them.
Tie the knot on the balloon and place it on a smaller piece of clay that you flattened to the surface beforehand. Start adding thin pieces of clay around the balloon until you cover it almost entirely, while leaving one side open.
We also carefully cut out two round holes on the sides for windows with a dull edged, rounded pointed butter knife. Then we attached two rolled pieces of clay for the window frame.
Let the house dry for at least 8 hours and then carefully make a small cut at the top of the balloon using scissors. Make sure you make a small cut, so the balloon will slowly deflate itself, leaving the clay shell intact. The inside of the house won’t be dry until you remove the balloon so handle the pod house with care, because it will still be very fragile until the house dries completely.
Let it dry for a few more hours.
It’s time to paint the house! We used regular watercolor paints, but acrylic paints would also be a great option. You can add some glitter that will nicely stick to the wet paint.
After you remove the balloon, you’ll notice a small hole on the top where the knot was. Either fill it with a bit more clay or add a fun and fluffy detail on top, that’ll really make it obvious that a Troll lives inside! 😉
We used an old dust broom with colorful bristles, cut a few of them and tightly bound them together with a piece of sticky tape. Then we simply inserted them in the hole on the top of the pod house.
Each Troll got it’s own house! Don’t they look super adorable?
The whole project was so fun and really simple to do. I hope you’ll have just as much fun with it as we did! Enjoy!
Also, check out THIS tutorial to make Trolls inspired masks and hair headbands with kids! So easy and FUN!