Punxsutawney Phil Portrait
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
When the groundhog pokes his head out of his hole on Groundhog Day, will he see his shadow? If he does, it's believed there be six more weeks of winter--if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early!
What you'll need:
- Felt: green, brown, light blue, and black
- Small scrap of white paper
- Small wiggle eye
- ½ green chenille stem
- 6" x 6" piece of sturdy cardboard
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Cut patterns out of the felt; colors are indicated on the pattern.
- Glue black hole to green felt. (See image.)
- Glue brown body to the black hole. (See image.)
- Glue paws to the bottom of the body, overlapping the bottom of the hole.
- Glue black nose to face, overlapping the side a bit. (See image.)
- Glue eye in place.
- Cut teeth from white paper and glue in place.
- Glue bowtie onto neck.
- Cut cardboard into an oval shape using the pattern. (See image.)
- Glue the groundhog portrait to the cardboard oval and trim the green felt, leaving about a half inch border. (See image.)
- Pipe glue around the back of the cardboard and fold the green felt border down onto the piped glue. You may have to keep working around the felt and pressing it to the cardboard until the glue grabs. (See image.)
- Bend the chenille stem in half and glue to the back of the cardboard as a hanger. (See image.)
- Allow to dry completely before hanging.
- Save cracker, cereal, and macaroni boxes to use in craft projects.
- Don't throw away large scraps of felt, construction paper and other materials. Save them in a zipper storage bag to use in other projects.
- Buy several pieces of felt whenever you visit the craft store to keep your supply stocked.