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.
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.)
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.
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?