Hedgehog Valentine Holder

Skill Level: Beginner

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Supplies

  • FloraCraft® :
  • Make It: Fun®
    • Foam Egg,  3 7/8" x 5 7/8"
    • Spray Glitter, Silver
  • Design It:®
  • Toothpicks, round style, approx.150
  • Beads, three 14mm, Black
  • Felt, 4" square, Pink
  • Design Master® ColorTool® spray color, Gray Flannel
  • Aleene's® Turbo Tacky Glue® (iLoveToCreate®)
  • Old newspapers
  • Large cardboard box (for spraying)
  • Paper grocery bag
  • Ruler

Instructions

  1. Placing Foam Egg horizontally, use Foam Tool Knife to trim 2 1/2″ 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. Also 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″ from end of snout, use Knife to draw curved mouth. If desired, also add short curved lines to underline cheeks. Carefully carve mouth about 1/4″ deep. Hint: Hold it from all angles to be sure you’re getting the shape the way you want it from front and sides.
  2. Eyes should go about 1″ back from end of snout and 1/2″ apart. Press beads into those areas, remove and use round end of “Tuck” Foam Tool 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. (Wait to glue.)
  3. Use Floral Shears to cut (or snap apart) 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″ apart, close to eyes (like 1/2″ 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″ back from first row, and staggered so that they don’t line up. Press these in a little less far and angled upright.   Note: See photo. 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. (Think of how hair on an animal grows.)
  4. 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″ 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.
  5. In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area (inside cardboard box) lightly spray entire hedgehog two coats Gray Flannel. Let dry.
  6. Glue two 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.
  7. In same spraying area, lightly spray hedgehog with two coats Spray Glitter, also covering beads. Let dry.
  8. For ears, cut two 1 1/4″ 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 Knife Tool to make 1/4″ long cuts, apply glue and insert ears into cuts.
  9. For mouth, cut approx. 1/8″ x 3″ 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″ long strips.
  10. 7. Set valentines among toothpick quills, and all around him for a valentine display. If desired, use hole punch in valentines and hang some from quills.

SOURCES

FloraCraft®

(800) 253-0409

One Longfellow Place

Ludington, MI 49431

www.floracraft.com

Design Master®

(303) 443-5214

P.O. Box 601

Boulder, CO 80306

www.dmcolor.com

iLoveToCreate®

A Duncan Enterprises Company

(800) 438-6226

5673 East Shields Ave.

Fresno, CA 93727

www.ilovetocreate.com

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