The cutest craft on the internet:
I was about 11 years old and it was a month before the holidays. My mom worked at a hospital that was putting on a Christmas craft sale and she asked if I would like to help make and sell something at the show. We decided to make Christmas tree ornaments. My first business: ‘Kids can Kraft’ was born. What can I say? I like alliteration. 🙂 I remember getting to stay up late for a few nights, glue guns blazing and yarn flying for what could possibly be one of the cutest, kid-friendly crafts I have ever made!
It was a blast to rehash this craft from the past with my children! (***rhyme nerd alert***)
Hazelnut Mice in 6 easy steps!
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- nut cracker
- butter knife
- ultra fine sharpie
- felt (I used an upcycled wool sweater)
- scrap fabric (small patterns work best)
- glue gun/glue
- Crack walnut using a similar kind of nutcracker: – (click on picture to see details)
Make sure walnut is positioned with the seam perpendicular to the pressure points of the nut cracker. Apply pressure only until the seam slightly cracks open. Slip the butter knife into the crack and twist until you can separate the walnut halves.
- Using the butter knife, take out nut(and eat! yum.) and all the hard membranes. Snap off pointy bits.
- Pick a hazelnut that can easily fit into the top half of the walnut. Draw a face on the hazelnut, using the pointed tip of the hazelnut as the nose.
- Cut out ears from felt. I just cut around the tip of my thumb, which gave me the perfect size. Glue ears onto the head, positioned at the back of the hazelnut.
- Glue the tail into the pointed tip of the walnut. If using as an ornament, glue the ends of the same ribbon or string into walnut shell.
- Place cotton batting in the center of the fabric scrap and bring opposite corners together. Pinch the tips together and hold in your left hand. With your right hand, put hot glue into the bottom of the walnut. Place fabric and batting with the pointy ends directly immersed in the glue. Make sure there is still room to fit the head.
- Put some more glue into the top of the walnut and push hazelnut into the walnut until it fits snuggly.