Woodpecker Sculpting Tutorial

Posted on June 13, 2013 in Tutorials by Katie

Polymer Clay Green Woodpecker Tutorial

Green Woodpecker Sculpting Tutorial by KatersAcres

A quick, easy, simple and fun polymer clay bird tutorial featuring the colorful Green Woodpecker. This tutorial will also work for sculpting with fondant, gum paste, resin/epoxy clayair dry clay, and many more sculpting mediums.


Polymer Clay Green Woodpecker Tutorial

Now that you have gathered all of your materials, let’s get started a make an awesome & colorful Green Woodpecker!

Use the photograph to visualize the shapes & sizes of each shape used to make your sculpture.

  • Gather your materials.
  • Condition ALL colors of clay and set aside for each step.


  • Green Woodpecker Sculpting Tutorial by KatersAcresRoll a ball of light green polymer clay about the size of a walnut.
    • NOTE: I created my own color of light green and added green ultra fine sparkles to it to give the Woodpecker some “oomph.”
  • Shape light green clay into a tapered log.
  • Use your thumbs and “pull” out a head shape from the log.
  • Indent the area where the “neck” of the woodpecker is.
  • Flatten the tapered end to your work surface lightly.
  • Now gently raise the head into an upright position, squash gently and smooth for a realistic look.


  • Roll a two balls of emerald green about the size of a nickel each.
  • Form into to teardrops.
  • Flatten with your fingers on the work surface.
  • Position on the Woodpecker’s back.


  • You decide on the size of the beak appropriate for the bird you are making.
  • Make a teardrop with your black clay.
  • Flatten to a triangle type shape.
  • Indent the smallest side and begin to make a “Y”.
  • Attach to the birds head for his beak.


  • Make two tiny balls of white clay.
  • Smoosh gently on top of black to make eyes.
  • Insert black seed beads of gemstone beads.
  • For the red top: Make a ball of from your red clay (use approximately the same amount as for the beak.
  • Make a ball and form into a tear drop.
  • Smoosh the teardrop flat and make a triangle shape.
  • Attach on the top of the head, joining the head & beak together.
  • Make sure to press everything together to hold.


  • Prop up the bird on something oven safe so his head and beak will not sag.
  • TIP: I use foil balls to prop up my creations.
  • Depending on the type of clay used: bake in the oven at 265 degrees, covered in foil, for approximately 35-45 minutes.
  • NOTICE: Check your clay package instructions for appropriate baking times.

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Tutorial inspired by: Frances McNaughton

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