March roared in like a lion, and to make sure it goes out like a lamb, I’m featuring this Barnyard Lamb craft for kids. This little lamb is a craft older children can tackle on their own, and younger children may need a little coaching from an adult. Designer Linda Valentino shared a barnyard of spring animal crafts with us, including a Water Bottle Chick and Sock Bunny. That’s quite a crafty menagerie!
To make a Barnyard Lamb, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: one each 3” and 2” eggs
- Felt: three 9” x 12” sheets in white; scrap of black
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Wiggle eyes, 10mm, two
- Pink pom pom, ½”
- Black chenille stems, four (cut to 9” each)
- Flat baby clothespins, 2 ½”, four
- Ribbon, 3/8” wide
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; paintbrush; paper plate
To make a Barnyard Lamb:
1. Cut out approximately 65, 1-¾” circles from the white felt. You’ll cut about 30 circles from each sheet. If you’ve marked your circles with a pencil first, cut inside the lines so the lines do not show.
2. Cut two ears from black felt and a tail from white felt.
3. Slightly flatten point of the 2” egg (head). Paint head and ½” of clothespin ends (legs) with black paint.
4. Attach the head to the top, narrow end of the 3” egg. Dip two toothpicks in glue and insert into the 3” egg. Squeeze on a little more glue, and pick and glue the head onto the body.
5. Dip top end of legs in glue and push into bottom of body.
6. Squeeze a puddle of glue onto paper plate. Place the end of the paintbrush in center of a felt circle and, holding felt circle around handle, dip center of circle into glue. Push circle center into body. Repeat, adding circles about ½” – ¾” apart, until body is covered. Add two circles to top of head, creating a little tuft.
7. Add the details:
- Glue eyes, ears, and nose to face.
- Glue tail to body.
- Wrap each leg with one chenille stem.
- Tie ribbon in a bow and glue to neck.
Designer Kathleen George used a different technique to DIY her little Lamb, and she covered her foam egg with Crayola Model Magic.
This Hair-Raising Sheep is a little silly, but you know kids will love to watch its grassy mop grow.
Years ago, I remember my daughter and I making little pink piggies. She had so much fun that day. Somewhere, I have photos of those cute little pigs . . . if I ever find them, I’ll be sure to share.
We have a rainy weekend on tap, but at least it’s not snow. Who has crafty weekend plans?