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!).
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
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.
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.
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:
- One Make it Fun kit: Solar System, Molecule, DNA, Craft Pack or Building Blocks
- 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.
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.