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How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

Follow the step by step method below to make Eco friendly Ganeshji Idol at home. These pictures are from last year and I had used natural clay to make my Ganeshji. Natural clay can be bought from any ceramic supply or pottery store. 

Why use clay?

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

Idols made out of natural clay decompose within a day or two as compared to other materials. The paint used for making idol was eco-friendly non – toxic paint. That means after Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Ganeshji idol was submerged in a bucket and when everything was dissolved, that same water was used to water houseplants.

Materials Required to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

1. Smooth out the dough and make 3 big balls, 2 medium balls, and 5 small balls. Size depending on how big you want your idol to be. 3 large balls will be used for base, body, and head. 2 medium-sized balls will be reduced further in size to make eyes, tusks and other stuff. 5 small balls will be used to make ears and head crown.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

2.  Flatten out one ball and place the other big ball over the flatten one. This will form the base.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

3. Make 4 long rolls. They will form 2 legs, arm, and a trunk.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

4. As shown in the picture below use 2 long rolls to make legs. Roll them out and flatten their ends outwards. 

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5. Use another long roll to wrap around the body and make it look like hands. Roll the dough upwards and flatten it – hands in blessing mode. Use some dough to make a ladoo in another hand.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

6. Place the 3rd big ball over the body – that’s the head. keep working with the clay and smooth it out.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

7. Use the final long roll to make the trunk. Press the trunk on the top and flatten it. Make it pointy at the end. Curve it the way you want. Use 2 small balls to make ears. 

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8. Press and flatten out the ears. Use the other 3 small balls to make the head crown. Use the 2 medium size ball to make eyes, tusks, tilak, Janeu, extra ladoos and head decor. 

9. Use a toothpick to make some marks on the idol.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

10. Idol is complete. Let’s begin with the fun part. Paint the idol.

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11. Use your imagination and decorate your idol.

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12. My Ganeshji is ready.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

13. On Visarjan day, we had a bucket filled with water.

How to make Ganeshji Idol at home for Ganesh Chaturthi

14. And placed Ganeshji in that water. The idol dissolved in water in two days and that water was used to water our house plants. This is our way of doing Visarjan. 

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Comments

  1. Naomie Moore, Castaic, CA says:

    So darn adorable! You are very talented! Thanks for sharing with us. ๐Ÿ’–

  2. K T says:

    Hi Ruchi
    I got air dry clay(white) to make Ganesha idol. Did u use the same? And what kind of colours can v use to paint ,like water or poster or oil color?
    Thanks in advance

  3. Megha says:

    Ruchi, this is such a valuable info. Thanks a million for this. Where in US can I buy this clay and the colors? Please share a picture of the one you used and the store name ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for your kind words Megha!
      I made this post last year so don’t have a pic of the packet. But got this from our local Indian store where they sell it as water soluble clay that dissolves in water in a day or two.
      Hope this helps!

  4. Shivakumar says:

    Awsm mam it’s very important to all of us

  5. Ruchi says:

    I have used Crayola.

  6. Deepti says:

    Hello Ruchi,
    Can you please tell me where I can purchase the clay in US. Looking for something that would dissolve in water. My indian store in Tampa doesn’t carry it. Would really help if you could share the kind of clay I should be using.

    Thank you.

    • Ruchi says:

      Deepti,

      I have used natural clay that I got from our local Indian store. At this time of the year, they start selling natural clay to make idols.
      You can find natural clay at any pottery store. Try stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
      They might carry something similar.

  7. Neha Mahajan says:

    WAo I will try this time thanks a lot

  8. Krishna says:

    You can also use rice flour and mix with little kumkum and haldi for coloring effect. Can use masoor and other lentils for eyes and decorating deva.

  9. Saaisha says:

    Very easy steps to follow. Well explained with photo step by step. Simple and easy to make. Surely will try it. Thanks a lot for this !