Crumple 1/4 page of regular sized newspaper into a ball and wrap blue painter's tape to hold the shape.
Cover with fresh paper clay completely as shown, adding a tiny ball for his nose and smooth out seam, then another ball shape, flatten a bit to create the bottom part of the hat and about a 1/2 inch snake on top of that. Smooth out all around the seams. Cut a piece of wire about 4 inches and with needle nose pliers, create a half hook on one end and insert on top of the hat all the way and then with a tiny piece of paper clay, seal around the wire. make some interesting curls with the other end to create a hanger as shown below.
There are two ways to dry the clay. If you are in a hurry, you can place it in the oven on the lowest setting such as "warm" for about two hours, checking occasionally to check for dryness.
Another way is to just let them sit in a warm room, possibly sunny but this takes about a week and a half to dry all the way. When the clay is still wet, it is heavy, but when it is dry, it becomes lightweight. So it's really up to you how you would like to handle this.
When dry, you can begin to paint whatever color you'd like.
I prefer to make mine look really festive so I added some interest by painting the entire head with white pearlescent paint. It dries transparently so I found it really cute!
Finally, I bought a white boa from Walmart, or Party City and cut a few inches and glued it under the head to add more interest. I gave these away to each of my guests at my Christmas party as a souvenier of a really fun party. They can hang it in their tree every year!
Try it! They are so much fun!
Till my next rant... LOVE ONE ANOTHER!