FloraCraft Hedgehog Valentine Holder

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by Craft Marketing Connections Design Team

FloraCraft Hedgehog Valentine Holder

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Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for the paint.
  • 2
    Place Styrofoam egg horizontally on a table. Use serrated knife to trim 2-1/2 inch diameter off bottom so that it doesn’t roll on table. Then on short end, carve a dip in the top about an inch from the end, to create his snout. Carve out both sides in the cheek area, next to his snout so that it smoothly tapers, being careful not to trim the snout area itself – leave that as the end of the egg. Where his mouth would be, about 1-1/2 inch from end of snout, use serrated knife to draw curved mouth. If desired, also add short curved lines to underline cheeks. Carefully carve mouth about 1/4 inch deep. (Tip: hold Styrofoam egg from all angles to be sure you’re getting the shape the way you want it from front and sides.)
  • 3
    The eyes (Black pony beads) should go about 1 inch back from end of snout and 1/2 inch apart. Press pony beads into those areas, remove and use round end of Orange Knife to press foam in so that beads are recessed into head. Try beads again and then remove them and set with nose bead for now. (Tip: wait to glue.)
  • 4
    Snap or cut five toothpicks in half. (For safety, if cutting, work inside paper bag to catch flying pieces.) Insert cut ends of ten pieces, in half circle, 1/2 inch apart, close to eyes (like 1/2 inch long bangs that are sticking straight out and slightly forward). Cut in half five more toothpicks (total 10 pieces) and similarly arrange next row, 1/4 inch back from first row, and staggered so that they don’t line up. Press these in a little less far and angled upright. Each row of toothpicks from now on, should angle farther back on his back than the previous row until the ones at the back angle down. (Tip: think of how hair on an animal grows.)
  • 5
    For remaining rows, instead of cutting toothpick in half, trim off and discard about 1/3. Insert trimmed toothpicks so that about 1-1/2 inch extend out and toothpicks are evenly spaced, but staggered. Continue inserting them, row-by-row. The toothpicks along the bottom will just touch table, but not go underneath onto flat surface. If any toothpicks are loose, remove, dot with tacky glue and re-insert into foam.
  • 6
    In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area (inside cardboard box) lightly spray entire hedgehog with two coats Gray Spray paint. Let dry.
  • 7
    Glue two pony beads into eye openings. Apply glue to pointed end of half a toothpick and insert into hole in nose bead. Apply glue to cut end of toothpick and insert into snout.
  • 8
    In same spraying area, lightly spray hedgehog with two coats Glitter Silver, also covering beads. Let dry.
  • 9
    For ears, cut two 1-1/4 inch long simple leaf shapes from Pink felt. (Optional: Apply thin line of glue up middle of each felt ear and fold in half along glue line. When dry, open to see that the glued fold now creates ears that curve in on the sides, like animal ears.) Plan where to put ears, among third row toothpicks. Use serrated knife to make 1/4 inch long cuts, apply glue and insert ears into cuts.
  • 10
    For mouth, cut approximately 1/8 inch x 3 inch long strip felt that is pointed on each end. Carefully, check fit in mouth and trim length as needed. Apply thin line of glue inside mouth area and press felt strip into it. (Use toothpick to help press in place.) Repeat process with two cheek lines using 1 inch long strips.
  • 11
    Set valentines among toothpick quills, and all around him for a valentine display.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ostrich Egg 5-7/8 inch x 3-7/8 inch 104183723
  • Gray Spray Paint that is Safe to Use on Styrofoam
  • Design Master Glamourline Glitter Spray Paint 5.5 oz. Silver 104180288
  • Nicole™ Crafts Pony Beads 1000 pc. 9 mm Opaque Black 104240817
  • CPE The New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Pink 104276439
  • Round Style Toothpicks (about 150)
  • Old Newspapers
  • Large Cardboard Box (for Spraying)
  • Paper Grocery Bag
  • Aleene's 4 oz. Turbo Tacky Glue 104735580
  • Serrated Knife
  • Orange Knife
  • Ruler
  • Scissors