Summer can be a three-ring circus, or that’s how it feels around here some days. To help you keep all those balls in the air, I will have a new craft idea for kids everyday this week. I thought I’d start with this adorable Circus Seal. We try to visit the zoo every summer, and the seals are one of our favorite exhibits. This tutorial is one you might also want to file away for the school year — it might come in handy should you need a DIY for a unit on marine mammals.
To make a Circus Seal, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- One each 5” and 4” eggs
- One each 4” and 1” balls
- ½” thick sheet, about 6” x 8” (or you can substitute a black foamie)
- Acrylic craft paint: Black, yellow, red, and green
- Wiggle eyes, two 18mm
- Chenille stem in black
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; toothpicks; stiff paintbrush
To make a Circus Seal:
- Cut a small slice from the wide end of the 4” egg, and cut a small slice at an angle from the wide end of the 5” egg. (Please carefully supervise your child while they cut the foam with the plastic knife.)
- Rub the two cut ends together, creating a snug fit between the pieces. Place a dab of glue on the end of a toothpick and insert it into the flat end of the 5” egg. Pick and glue the 4” egg onto the 5” egg, creating the seal body.
- Nose: Pick and glue the 1” ball onto the narrow end of the 4” egg.
- Fin and tail: Following the patterns, cut the fin and tail from the ½” foam sheet or black foamie. Pick and glue the fins and tail onto the 5” egg, referring to the photo for placement. (If using a foamie sheet, use glue and no toothpicks.)
- Paint the seal black and let dry.
- Insert a toothpick into the 4” ball to use as a handle while painting. Paint the 4” ball in red, green and yellow to look like a beach ball. Let paint dry.
- Pick and glue the ball onto the seal’s nose.
- Glue on wiggle eyes.
- Cut the chenille stem into eight, 1” lengths, and insert four pieces above each eye.
Isn’t he cute as can be? I’ll see you tomorrow with a new tutorial.