Kid’s Craft: Here’s how to make a super-cute hedgehog!

In my house, we have a soft spot for hedgehogs, perhaps fueled by our love of amigurumi. Who can resist a cute little hedgehog? So, when Kathleen George designed this Toothpick Hedgehog, it was love at first sight. Can you believe that toothpicks and an egg of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam could look so adorable? This Toothpick Hedgehog would be fun for one, or for a group of scouts or summer campers.

Easy kids' craft: How to make an adorable hedgehog from toothpicks, paint, and an egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Toothpick Hedgehog by Kathleen George.

To make a Toothpick Hedgehog, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2” egg
  • Round wooden toothpicks
  • Acrylic craft paint: White and brown
  • Half-round beads, black 5mm (eyes)
  • Round bead, black 7mm (nose)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Blush or pink chalk
  • Tools needed: Serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; stiff paint brush; paint palette, such as a paper plate; wooden skewer; newspaper; knippers

To make a Toothpick Hedgehog:

1. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the side of the egg so the egg will sit flat. The flat side is the belly of the hedgehog.

2. Insert a wooden skewer into the egg to use as a handle. Squeeze white and brown paint on your palette. Mix a small amount of brown with the white paint to make a very light tan. Paint the narrow end of the egg, or the face, a light tan.

3. Gradually add more brown paint, each time creating a darker shade of tan, as you work toward the back of the egg. The tail end should be the darkest color. Let paint dry. (Sounds like an ombre hedgehog to me!)

4. Mix a tiny bit of water with a small amount of brown paint. Place 60 or so toothpicks into the mixture and let the toothpicks soak up the color. Remove half and spread them out on newspaper to dry. Allow the other half to soak for a longer amount of time so they will be darker. Remove and spread out to dry.

5. Using knippers, cut in half three – four toothpicks of each color, and three-four unpainted toothpicks.

6. Add quills to the hedgehog, starting with the darker quills at the back end of the egg. Dip toothpicks into white craft glue, and insert into the porcupine, spacing them evenly. Position the toothpicks at an angle, so that the ends form a point at the tail area. (See photo of the hedgehog’s belly.)

Underside of the toothpick hedgehog craft for kids.

The toothpicks at the wide end or tail end of the egg all point in the same direction.

7. Work your way toward the front, using lighter and shorter toothpicks as you go. The quills toward the front should be angled toward the back. The last row of quills closest to the face will be the short, unpainted toothpicks.

An adorable craft for kids: Make a Toothpick Hedgehog. Doesn't require a lot of supplies -- toothpicks, paint and an egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Here’s a side view of the Toothpick Hedgehog.

8. Glue on two half round beads for eyes, and the round black bead for the nose.

9. Optional: Brush blush or pink chalk dust onto the cheeks.

Kathleen recently sent to me pictures of another hedgehog she made for her daughter’s birthday. This hedgehog is an incredible piece of artistry, and it also has a body crafted from STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Amazing, isn’t it?

Kathleen George designed this amazing hedgehog, pictured on the blog Crafts 'n Coffee. Kathleen also shared her tutorial for an easy hedgehog that kids can make.

Birthday Hedgehog by Kathleen George.

Happy crafting!


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14 Responses to Kid’s Craft: Here’s how to make a super-cute hedgehog!

  1. Katiria says:

    I just want to cuddle up with that little Birthday Hedgehog

  2. E.C. says:

    Your toothpick hedgehog is adorable! 🙂

  3. LisaM says:

    ahhhh, to cute! The one made with the yarn is terrific.

    Great tut!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. Kathleen has designed a simpler, kid-version of this one, and I believe it will be published sometime soon. I’ll let you know when. Sharon

  4. m-a says:

    Very cute. Would you have the description for the other one? The one Kathleen make? He is very adorable.

    • Sharon says:

      I know, Kathleen’s cuddly hedgehog is amazing. She made it as a gift for her daughter and it’s a one-of-a-kind piece. She doesn’t have a pattern or instructions. I do know that she inserted short lengths of yarn into the egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to make the fur. I am so sorry to disappoint you! Sharon

  5. Cookie 17 says:

    This is just to cute & look’s so simple to do,Thank’s

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