Friday, December 23, 2011

Candy Cane Mice

This is an easy, inexpensive, and sweet craft for preschool classes.  They can be used as holiday gifts, gift toppers, party favors, etc.  For a twist, use heavyweight paper instead of felt.  Kids of all ages will be doing the nibbling when these sweet mice are around. A combination of two holiday icons -- mice and candy canes -- these tiny fabric creatures with their red-and-white-striped tails make fitting favors at a holiday dinner or delightful gifts for children to give to friends and relatives.

Mouse How-ToOn a photocopier, enlarge mice template by 150 percent; cut out. With a pencil, trace ears and body onto felt; cut out. Cut inner ears and a dot for a nose from felt in a contrasting color, cut dots for eyes from black. Glue the face and inner ears in place. Make slits in body for ears and candy-cane tail where marked; to make cutting easier, fold felt across center of slits, and snip. Slip ears through slits at front; then slide wrapped candy cane through body slits, tucking the end underneath the ear piece at the back. 

For variation, you can use 5mm pom poms for the nose instead of felt and 7mm googly eyes.  you can also use foam sheets if you don't have felt or heavyweight paper.

Source: Martha Stewart

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