Narwhals are real. For some reason, too many people think they are mythical creatures like unicorns, but they are living breathing animals. Perhaps in order to increase awareness of these super cool animals, some smart person declared April 22nd to be Narwhal Appreciation Day. Yes, it is a silly holiday, but anything that allows us to celebrate the unicorns of the sea is A-OK in my book. Prepare for Narwhal Appreciation Day by making your own quick and easy painted narwhal mason jar.
I am joining with several other creative bloggers to bring you 15-minute crafts inspired by obscure holidays! That’s right, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts are hosting another round of Craft Lightning. They are joined this month by guest host Lindsay from See Lindsay. Be sure to check out all of their sites for all of the quick crafts!
Watch this video to see how to use craft paint and polymer clay to transform a plain mason jar into a narwhal. I publish two new videos on my YouTube channel each week. Subscribe for free so you don’t miss any of the fun!
And, now, because he is JUST that cute, here is this same narwhal mason jar from a number of different angles accompanied by some fun narwhal facts.
The narwhal’s horn is a modified tooth from the left side of its mouth.
Males usually have only one horn/tusk, but some may have two! Very few female narwhals have tusks.
Although narwhals are hard to study, scientists believe narwhals use their horn/tusks to break through the ice, to sense changes in water quality, and to hunt for food.
Narwhals change color as they age. Baby narwhals are a bluish-gray color, young narwhals are bluish-black, adults are spotted gray, and elderly narwhals are white! Science is cool!
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- Mason jar
- Craft paint
- Paintbrushes (the ones I used are only available at AC Moore)
- Polymer clay
- Hot glue gun