Today's fun tutorial is all about making your own pair of chipmunk stilts.
Welcome to 'day 1' in our series of holiday projects - fun things to do & create for your little ones during the holidays. Tamar and I have lots of cute DIY/tutorial projects planned over the next 2 weeks and we're excited to be sharing them with you! Just a reminder that the projects will run from Monday to Friday, with normal blog posting happening during the weekend.
♥ Felt scraps
♥ Craft glue & small paint brush
♥ String/thin rope
♥ x2 tin cans - washed and clean
♥ Embroidery cotton + needle
♥ Printable chipmunk PDF - Download Chipmunk pattern
These are easy peasy to make! You can also turn the can up the other way and use the pattern to make a cute pencil holder.
Step 1: Coat the tin can lightly with craft glue (use the paint brush) and cover with a piece of felt. Just measure the height and circumference of the can to figure out the size of felt required.
Step 2: Use the printable PDF provided (see materials list) as the template for your felt pattern pieces. Remember to also cut out two small eyes + a nose for each chipmunk.
Step 3: Use a little craft glue to adhere the chipmunk's head pieces together.
Step 4: Adhere on the nose and embroider two little stitches for the eyelashes.
Step 5: Use craft glue to adhere the completed chipmunk onto the stilt base. It's important that you have the bottom of the can facing upwards for this step - so that it creates a base to stand on.
Step 6: Follow the above instructions to complete a second chipmunk.
Step 7: Use a drill and make two holes in each side of the stilt (up the top) to thread your string/yarn through.
Step 8: Cut and thread a long piece of string/yarn through the holes and tie in a knot to hold. The length will depend on the height/age of your child - just a comfortable length for them to be able to hold when they're using the stilts.
Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog and peek at her first tutorial too! She's sharing several gorgeous felt DIY projects today including some stationery and pencil holders. They're all totally cute!
During the next two weeks my projects will be a mix of crafty things for your little one to do and also a few grown up projects (like this one) that you can create to keep everybody entertained. Ofcourse this grown up one could be easily adapted for smaller helpers too - cutting out, shape placement, threading the string and helping with the glue.
See you tomorrow :)