Tutorial : Totoro in a bottle.

Hello my readers :D,

Today’s tutorial will be on how I made the “Totoro in a Bottle”.
Now, for this craft, I found it kind of hard T___T . This is because, you’re making everything on such a small scale, and only the Totoro was made outside of the bottle. The tree and everything was sculpted in the bottle which doesn’t give you a lot of freedom.

Just take your time when making things on such a small scale,,,

Here we go ^^

Etsy Listing here : https://www.etsy.com/listing/107656893/my-neighbour-totoro-totoro-in-a-bottle




  • Dark grey
  • White
  • Mini glass bottle with cork
  • Dark Brown (Tree trunk)
  • Green (Grass)
  • Yellow (for stomache)
  • Sculpey Studio Nutmeg (For acorn)
  • Brown (Top of acorn)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Mix the dark grey and white together, this will be the main colour of Totoro.
  • Shape the grey into an egg shape
  • Push in the sides and pinch out the top to form the ‘head’ part.
(Sorry these images are so blurry..)
  • Take a small blob of grey, and shape it into a small semi circle
  • Taking a rounded tool, push in the middle, this will give you the edges you will be for blending.
  • Attach the the bottom of Totoro, and blend the edges away. Use a tool for this, the tail for mine was only about  4mm.
  • Here is what his Body looks like so far.
  • Since Totoro’s stomach fur is an off-white, mix the yellow with the white.
  • Roll out the light yellow thinly,
  • Cut it into a round-ish shape
  • Place on the Totoro, and if you need to , adjust the round-ness
  • To make the stomach furry, use the needle tool and drag the clay outward.
  • Do this in layers, starting from outside.
  • To make sure Totoro would fit into the opening of the bottle, I placed it over him
  • As you can see, he was way too big T__T.
  • Trim off any excess clay, and reshape his body
Completed Shape
  • Roll out two VERY small logs, and place onto Totoro’s head
  • Carefully blend away the edges, if you look closely, you can see the marks I made.
It does get very difficult at this point since the ears are about 1 – 1.5 mm in thickness.
  • Bake
  • Mix the black and white to make a grey.
  • Using a pointed tool, draw the ” ^ ” shape on the fur. Be very careful, because with the texture, it will be very hard to remove any mistakes.
  • Then draw the rest of the face.
  • Next, place the blob of green into the glass jar.
  • Use a rounded tool, and spread the clay evenly, covering the bottom of the jar.
  • To make it look ‘grassier’, use the needle tool and push in a pattern on the side of the jar.
  • To seal in the paint, glaze over Totoro’s face.
  • Then, using tweezers, place him into the middle of the grass.
  • Take a blob of brown, and roll it out.
  • Place it onto the spot where you want the tree stump to be.
  • I found that my tweezers worked well for adding pattern into the tree trunk.
  • To make the roots, roll out two small logs, and place by the base of the tree. Blend !
  • To add support for a branch, roll out a tiny bit of foil
  • Cover with brown
  • Make a tiny leaf, and place it onto the branch.
  • Carefully use tweezers and place it into the tree.


  • If you want, make a small acorn, and place it by Totoro.
  • Then, place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn Totoro !

I didn’t put it in the oven for too long because, I wasn’t sure whether the glass could stand the heat.


  • Once baked, add some glue (that dries transparent), put it around the cork and close off the bottle.



Here it is completed :D

And for Totoro’s surroundings, it’s completely up to you.
The colours for the creation was quite soft, and I was going to add in apple in to add some contrast, but it was too out of place.
If you want, for the grass shade, use something a little more bright and ‘awake’.

I know this was long, but thanks for reading !



4 thoughts on “Tutorial : Totoro in a bottle.

  1. ---- says:

    Hi! I was wondering where you bought the glass bottle + cork? I can not find any miniature bottles anywhere! :(

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