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It’s Day 4 and we are sharing Kids Christmas Craft Ideas!
DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Woodland Animals
If you have been here for a bit you know I have a slight obsession with
hoarding collecting craft materials so you would not be surprised to know that I had a few extra Dollar Tree foam pumpkins lying around after my Fall crafts this year ( i.e. my Dollar Tree succulent pumpkin planters).
I wanted to repurpose them for a Christmas DIY and started gathering inspiration online, but most people only use them to create snowmen. I am not necessarily fond of snowmen in my Christmas decor…
I mean, did you see my rustic snowman ornament from last year??? Yep, that’s as “snowman” as it gets for me. ?
So I kept thinking and I came across some cute woodland ornaments on Pinterest and BINGO! There it was. My new idea!
I was determined to make these foam pumpkins into woodland animals and do them with my kiddos (more so my oldest, my son gets bored easily and my littlest…. well, she’s too young to work with hot glue).
But alas! I was able to do it and I am going to share with you how.
Here is what you need:
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- Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkins
- Felt Sheets
- Googly eyes
- Craft pom poms
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Misc. Christmas Foliage
Okay so first, grab your pumpkin. You can remove the stem or keep it on. We removed it. You can also paint the pumpkin your desired color. Since we were making a fox we didn’t have to paint this one, but if you were to make a reindeer you would paint it light brown. If you wanted to paint a raccoon, you would paint it gray etc.
Next you want to cover the top, I simply cut out an orange circle of felt and we hot glued it on (you won’t notice this later on).
Afterwards, you want to cut out white pieces of felt for the face.
And place them as follows:
Then glue a pom pom on the center of those white pieces for the nose.
After that, you want to add the google eyes. You can start seeing the little guy come together now… however, I think he got into a fight since his nose is slightly crooked (my daughter and I laughed at that).
Then you want to cut ears out of both white and orange felt and glue them together.
Then you glue toothpicks to the back of them. You can totally add the toothpick in between the felt sheets too.
Then you want to add hot glue on the bottoms of the ears and the tip of the toothpick before you insert it into the pumpkin.
My daughter was getting so excited by this point (and momma was totally relieved that he actually resembled something close to a fox… remember I was winging this as I went here).
But of course, we were not done yet!!!
We had to add some Christmas flair! And since I had some leftover garland picks that I used to fluff my Dollar Tree Farmhouse Christmas Trees I decided to use one to add a little crown to the top of the fox.
And then a bow and some berries and then he…. I mean she…. was done!
We love how it turned out, crooked nose and all!
As well as the other little woodland animals we came up with…
Eek! This was so fun!
I think we did pretty good. Whatcha think?!
If you love these fun woodland animals as much as we do, make sure to download the patterns I created for them. They are nothing fancy, but it will save you the trouble of figuring it out yourself. Scroll a little more to get access to them!
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And don’t forget to grab your free pattern below!