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Make This Easy Squirrel Craft
Follow these step-by-step directions and create an adorable squirrel using a pine cone and a few other supplies.
- Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
- Time Required: 20 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
Before you start making your own pine cone squirrel, check out this one made by... Vincent. Once you make your pine cone squirrel, submit a picture of it to be featured here. Simply follow these basic guidelines.
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Gathering The Supplies
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
- Pine Cone
- 1-inch Pom-pom (If you use a larger pine cone, you will want to use a larger pom-pom)
- Wiggle Eyes
- 5mm Pom-pom
- Bumpy Chenille Stem
- Regular Chenille Stem
- Wooden Bead
- Craft Glue (You can also use a Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks)
- Old Scissors or Wire Cutters (For Cutting Chenille Stems)
Before you craft with pine cones you pick up out of your yard, you might want to read this tip about... how to make sure you get rid of unwanted critters, seeds, or sap that might be hiding in them.
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Making the Squirrel's Head
Start out by gluing the 1-inch pom-pom on the pointy end of the pine cone. The pom-pom will be the squirrel's head and the pine cone will be the body.
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Make the Face
Once you have the head glued on, use your glue to attach at wiggle eyes onto the head and also the nose (the 5mm pom-pom).
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The Squirrel's Ears
To make the ears, cut two pieces of chenille stem, about an inch long, and fold them in half to form a 'V' shape. Glue each inverted 'V' onto the top of the squirrel's head to look like ears. If you prefer, you can also use scrap pieces of felt or craft foam to make the ears.
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How to Form the Squirrel's Tail
For the tail, I cut off 2 bumps from the chenille stem. I folded them in half and twisted the ends together.
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Attaching the Tail to the Pine Cone Squirrel
Glue the twisted end of the chenille stem bumps to the back of the pine cone to form the tail. Bend the top of the tail down a bit to give it a little shape.
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Making the Squirrel's Feet
For the squirrel's feet, cut two pieces of chenille stem about 2-inches long. Fold each piece in half and glue them to the bottom, front edge of the pine cone body.
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How to Make the Squirrel's Arms
For the squirrel's arms, cut two more pieces of chenille stem, again, about 2-inches long. Glue one to each side of the pine cone body.
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Adding an Acorn to the Pine Cone Squirrel's Arms
For a finishing touch, make a small acorn by gluing a small piece of chenille stem to a wooden bead. I simply rolled the leftover tan chenille stem I used into a small, tight spiral. Glue the acorn into the squirrel's hands.