Re-discovering FIMO

Do you ever find that if you re-visit a product you once tried years ago, you somehow discover a new use for it? Or that the product, which seemed to be aimed at children is suddenly so much more ‘grown-up’? FIMO from Staedtler has suddenly become one of my guilty pleasures!

Sheena and I were asked to teach Christmas scrapbooking classes at our local crop – we decided to use the gorgeous Sweet Peppermint collection from Prima.

The kit, which included four 12 x 12″ papers, a 6 x 6″ paper pad, gems and a stunning collection of die-cut chipboard totally sums up the fun of today whilst reminiscing of a bygone era of Christmas past!


Whilst the chipboard did include some lovely ‘other’ embellishments including a gingerbread house silver charm, bottled Christmas tree and an enormous amount of minty green sequins, it still seemed to lack those chunkier embellishments that we all love!

I can’t deny that Prima doesn’t have a wonderful selection of flowers to co-ordinate with this kit, but neither Sheena or I really felt that they epitomised Christmas in any shape or form…

So I decided ‘candy canes’ were the order of the day – and what better material to make them in than FIMO, which co-incidentally is celebrating 50 years this year!


Everyone had great fun re-living their creative childhood, playing with a plasticine like material, manipulating and modelling the FIMO material until it was supple enough to shape and create 8cm long ‘candy canes’.

Like me, so many ladies taking the class remember FIMO, but equally have never considered using it to make some feature embellishments for their layouts…

Better still, the FIMO modelling clay goes such a long way – many ladies didn’t just make the three candy canes required for their two layouts! Their creativity started flowing and we had wreathes and even a snowman head, complete with cute pink face!

From what I overheard, there were quite a few ladies paying the likes of Hobbycraft or their local art store a visit to purchase other colours and have a play at home…

So to those ladies and to Staedtler it goes without saying a big ‘thank you’.

And even better, why not share your layouts featuring FIMO embellishments – I know Staedtler and Birds of a Feather would love to see your creations.