Follow these step-by-step directions and create an adorable squirrel using a pine cone and a few other supplies.
Step 1: Gathering the Supplies
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
1-inch Pom-pom (If you use a larger pine cone, you will want to use a larger pom-pom)
Bumpy Chenille Stem
Regular Chenille Stem
Craft Glue (You can also use a Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks)
Old Scissors or Wire Cutters (For Cutting Chenille Stems)
Now we can start...
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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).
Step 4: 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.
Step 5: 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.
Step 6: 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.
Step 7: 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.
Step 8: 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.
Step 9: 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.