Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY: pinecone owl & hedgehog

I scoured Pinterest for a pinecone owlie project to craft with some 4th grade kidlets this week. I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. So here's my version. I think he is the cutest little pudgy thing ever.

They are SUPER simple to make.
Supplies:
•large pinecones
•felt (5 colors)
•googly eyes (I used 1/2" round eyes)
•scissors
•hot glue gun
• stapler (or tacky glue)

First, cut out your felt. I don't have any patterns for you to print. I need to figure out how to do that.
I chose 5 colors of felt. You can mix up the colors any way you want, but here are the colors I chose:
rust for 2 wings in a leaf-ish shape (2 3/4" long/1 1/4" at widest point)
orange for the beak (3/4" wide x 7/8" tall)
dark brown for the face/ears (2 3/4" wide x 1 1/2" tall at highest point)
turquoise for 2 large eye circles (1 1/4" round)
mustard for 2 small eye circles (7/8" round)

(Your measurements may differ, depending on pinecone size & your preference, but I've listed them anyway, as a guideline.)
The shapes are so forgiving, & it doesn't have to be perfect. 
Just get out your scissors & cut!

Snip the largest eye circles all the way around, as pictured.

Next, attach the beak to the face with hot glue.

Now, stack the pieces in this order & use a stapler to keep it all together. (I have 25 minutes to do this craft with a handful of 9 year olds. I was trying to think of the quickest way to assemble without having to use glue.) And, honestly, my stapler did give me an attitude. So, if you're not pressed for time, use the hot glue gun!

Attach the googly eyes with hot glue. TIP: apply the hot glue to the felt first, & then place the googly eyes on top of the glue. The tip of the hot glue gun can melt the back of the googly eyes & cause a googly mess.

Finally, attach the face & wings to the pinecone with more hot glue.


I decided the owl needed some woodland friends, so I crafted up these hedgehogs. For the hedgies, you only need 2 colors of felt: a little circular black nose + the color you choose for the face, cut in the shape of a triangle with the corners rounded-ish. The googly eyes are 1/4" round.
Hot glue the pieces to the face, & then glue the face to the pinecone.
Note: the pinecone is laid on its side, with the "pointy" end serving as the base for the face.

4 comments:

  1. I love the little hedgehogs! Super duper cute!!

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  2. Great idea, thank you for sharing. I will be heading up a craft in November with some friends, this will be perfect.

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  3. Oh how clever, I will have to look out for pinecones now.

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  4. Hah :) these are so darn cute! tfs!

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