Kid’s Craft: Make an adorable Yarn Baby Porcupine

More cuteness today! If this adorable Yarn Baby Porcupine isn’t a cure for summertime boredom, I don’t know what is. (Or, do you think this could be a hedgehog? Or, maybe this should have been a Toothpick Porcupine?) Kathleen George first designed this cute porcupine craft for kids for the magazine Kids Crafts 1-2-3, and I get to share it now. Read on for the tutorial, and a giveaway announcement (woot!).

Kids will love making their own Yarn Baby Porcupine. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com. #KidsCrafts

Yarn Baby Porcupine by Kathleen George.

To make a Yarn Baby Porcupine, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg
  • Acrylic craft paint in tan
  • Thick, variegated yarn in brown
  • Stiff cardboard, 3” wide
  • Felt, scraps of tan & brown
  • Half-round black beads, ¼” (eyes)
  • Pompom, ¼” in black
  • Pink chalk or blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; small, stiff paintbrush; wood skewer
Tutorial to make the sweetest Yarn Baby Porcupine. So sweet! #KidsCrafts

He’s cute from every angle.

To make a Yarn Baby Porcupine:

1. Cut a small slice from one side of the 3” foam egg so that it will sit flat.

2. Paint the narrow end of the egg with light tan paint. This will be the face. Set aside to dry.

3. Cut out two round ears from tan felt. Make a small cut across one side so there is a flat edge on each circle. Using the plastic knife, make a small slit on either side of the painted face. Place a dot of glue on one slit and work the flat edge of the felt ear into the slit using the point of a wooden skewer. Poke the outside corners of the ear inward to make the ear curve into a little cup shape. Repeat for remaining ear.

4. Wrap yarn around a 3” wide piece of sturdy cardboard. Cut along the bottom edge to cut the loops off the cardboard. Cut yarn pieces in half again. It’s o.k. if the pieces are a little uneven. Depending on the yarn thickness, you will need 80-100 pieces to cover the porcupine.

5. Place a dot of glue on the wide end of the egg. Fold a yarn piece in half and place the fold on the glue. Using the blunt end of a wooden skewer, push the yarn straight down into the foam egg. Smooth the yarn end toward the back. Repeat, till all of the yarn pieces have been added and the porcupine’s body is covered. Do not cover the painted face.

6. Glue on a black pompom for a nose and the half-round black beads for the eyes.

7. Cut out two feet from brown felt. Glue to the bottom of the porcupine, underneath the face.

8. Blush the cheeks and centers of the ears.

9. Gently stroke the yarn to smooth it out. If the porcupine needs a little shaping, carefully trim the yarn.

Kids Crafts 1-2-3 is packed with great craft ideas for kids, like this Yarn Baby Porcupine.

Kids Crafts 1-2-3 featured the Yarn Baby Porcupine in the winter issue.

Here’s the little guy in his debut in Kids Crafts 1-2-3. Hgave you seen Kids Crafts 1-2-3? It’s packed with craft ideas for kids and is published every-other-month. You’ll find it in Walmart, Michaels and Barnes & Noble.

Kids Crafts 1-2-3 is packed with fun craft ideas for kids, and available at Walmart, Michaels and Barnes & Noble.

Look for the current issue of Kids Crafts 1-2-3 at Walmart, Michaels and Barnes & Noble.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a giveaway and I’m really excited about this one. It’s all about the kids! Today’s Summer Boredom Buster prize package includes a one-year subscription to Kids Crafts 1-2-3, and FloraCraft is providing your choice of:

Giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com

The Summer Boredome Buster prize package includes one of these kits OR . . .

  • One Make it Fun kit: Solar System, Molecule, DNA, Craft Pack or Building Blocks

OR

  • Ten of our Ruffled Felt Cupcake kits. Each kit has everything you need to make a Ruffled Felt Cupcake, except for the pearl head pins. This is great project for scout troops, summer camps, and Vacation Bible School.
Summer Craft Boredom Busters: Win one dozen Ruffled Felt Cupcake kits!

Or, you can choose a collection of ten kits to make Ruffled Felt Cupcakes.

If you’d like to win, please leave a comment below and tell me about your summer plans. I’d love to know if you’re taking a vacation, crafting with the kids, gardening a lot, or what have you. Please leave your comment by Sunday, June 30, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 2. Thank you for sharing!

Happy summer crafting.

Sharon

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41 Responses to Kid’s Craft: Make an adorable Yarn Baby Porcupine

  1. Jacqueline Vollmer says:

    I plan on “hanging with ” the grand kids… Beach, park, pool you name it… But anything fUN!!!

  2. Donna O'Neil says:

    We are getting our house ready to sell and then house hunting this summer. We don’t really have an official vacation planned. My daughter is just off for 2 weeks from preschool. We have been busy crafting on weekends and we just made a summer wreath with Styrofoam, burlap, ribbon and shells.

  3. Jessica Hill says:

    This summer was my son’s first t-ball season, and the whole family has loved it!

  4. Ashley Flores says:

    I have three children. We are planning on lots of outdoor activities like bird watching, going to the beach and playing outside in the backyard. This prize pack would be awesome for days that the weather doesn’t cooperate! What a great prize!

  5. Anisa Johnson says:

    My plans are to try different arts & crafts this summer. I’ve started acrylic painting on canvas, ceramic painted a cupcake for my sister, used modge podge & scrapbook paper to cover up a wine bottle, made a button bowl with a balloon & buttons (I wouldn’t suggest this project) I’ve absolutely fallen inlove with my love for art & will continue to look for new diy ideas.

  6. Karen says:

    As a busy mom with four kids 17,13 and 10 year old twins, we always make sure to plan a trip to the craft store during school vacation for project inspiration! I have always loved to craft, and I’m glad that they love to too! :)

  7. Cheri Oggy says:

    I will be crafting a LOT this summer with my grand-kids! They all have the crafting “bug”.

  8. Madison says:

    This summer we are settling in to our new house. We were supposed to be on vacation but ended up buying a house instead.

  9. texann says:

    we will be doing alot of crafts this summer and also gardening if it ever stops raining here

  10. Amy PInion says:

    This summer, I am getting used to a new job. I am enjoying it, but it is taking some getting used to. My kids and I are hoping to get a head start on some things that we can put in shoebox gifts this Christmas. We are also wanting to make some Christmas ornaments to sell at a home school craft sale.

    • Sharon says:

      Good luck with your new job, Amy, I know it will get easier with time. I love how you’re planning ahead for the holidays — you’ll be able to enjoy it all the more when December rolls around. Thank you for stopping by today. Sharon

  11. roylcoblog says:

    That porcupine just drew me in; he is so adorable!

  12. Jaan L of Tx says:

    I love this site and had my BFF to check it out. She has two little girls that drive her nuts during the summer. Would love to win and give her the prize, she needs a break. LOL

  13. Angela Brandt says:

    Summer plans with the kiddies – Lots of sun, sand, and fun! Hiking and trips to go berry picking…reading lots of books…..rainy days bring crafty fun and baking!!! To sum it up – making meaningful memories <3

  14. This giveaway is awesome! I have a 3 year old granddaughter and 5 year old grandson that love to come over and do crafts! Grandma sometimes runs out of ideas, but we always have something to do. THEY LOVE IT!!!! AND THIS WOULD BE THE TOPPING ON THE CAKE!!! Wish myself LUCK!!! :)

    • Sharon says:

      Good luck to you, Susan! Your grandkids will have happy memories of crafting with you. (I still remember my grandma trying to teach me tatting . . . ) Happy crafting! Sharon

  15. Kara Stevens says:

    We will be crafting with the kids… at home, and camping. My girls and I are crafters through and through!

  16. Kendra W says:

    Unfortunately had to go back to work 8-10 hr days…BUT! New things possibly on the horizon :) Would love to craft with my eight yr old and spend some quality time with my three older ones. (16-18 and 20)

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Kendra, I hope you’re able to squeeze in some good times in between work, I know it’s hard! Thank you for finding a minute to stop in and say “hello.” Sharon

    • Katiria says:

      Kendra~ you sound so optimistic. I’m also working alot and spend few hours at home. I got used to being home and now I have a hard time being away from my son & hubby.

  17. I retired recently and I have been crafting up a storm. Sometimes I think that maybe I should go back to work but then I say why should I there are so many crafts to make.

    • Sharon says:

      Congratulations on your retirement, Tona. It sounds like you have lots of crafty plans for keeping busy, so enjoy every minute. Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  18. That’s adorable. My plans? Crafting, blogging, trying to get into the top 40 of Amazon reviewers (I’ve been hovering around 50 for ages now) and gardening!

  19. LisaM says:

    Sharon~ That is one cute porcupine. Love him.
    My summer plans consist of crafting with my youngest, We are hoping to take a vacation to of all things a military vehicle conference (hubby and the boys can’t wait), then down to the Oregon Coast to visit my sister and her family. Her daughter can’t wait so we can craft with her. :)
    So I hope to get lots of crafting done with the girls. :)

  20. Katiria says:

    OMG first of all, that porcupine is the cutest thing I have ever seen and second of all, my summer plans are totally dumb. I have none. I have to work so there’s my plan. (shhh…I’m at work right now) My dear hubby adjusted his hours to be home with our son while school is out and they both have just been working on fixing up the back yard. I wish we had more interesting lives LOL

    • Sharon says:

      I won’t tell, Katiria;-) I know you’ll be busy in the garden too, right? Sometimes a summer of R&R is the best! Enjoy it! Sharon

      • Katiria says:

        Yea Sharon but it’s mostly my son and my husband doing the work, they have planted a “P” garden. They think it’s hilarious. They have a papaya plant, a peanut plant, petunias, peanuts and a poinsettia plant. They also bought and built a swing which they are painting together. I am missing out on so much :(

      • Sharon says:

        Sounds like a good time for your duo. Their “P” garden is so funny! Sorry that you can’t be there for all the fun — perhaps you can enjoy the new swing in the evening . . . Sharon

  21. Cherise says:

    With 6 kids we are crafting ALOT! It’s a great way to get to know all my kids alittle better :) They grow up so fast!

    • Sharon says:

      What fun it must be to sit and craft with your family, and to see how each child makes a project his/her own. Crafting let’s their personalities shine! Thank you. Sharon

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