Is your kindergartener in the process of learning about spring and the changing of the seasons? Are you looking for a cute craft to incorporate into his studies? If so, you may want to think about creating a March lion sculpture out of pine cones. Based on my experience, it is a fun and straight-forward project that will take you roughly three hours to complete. Here are a few more details:
In order to complete this project, you will need a package of Styrofoam balls (1.5 inches and 2 inches), a package of orange chenille stems, 1 yard of orange felt, a package of brown animal noses (15mm -triangle) and a package of animal eyes (brown). You’ll also need a hot glue gun, a bag of glue sticks, two pine cones, a can of acrylic spray (clear) and a fabric paint pen (brown). In addition, access to a stack of newsprint, a pair of tweezers and a pair of scissors is required.
Prepare the Scales
Begin the project by laying out a stack of newsprint onto your work area. Use your tweezers to remove all of the scales from the pine cones. Then place the scales onto the newspaper and coat them three times with the acrylic spray. Just make sure that you spray both sides of the scales with the acrylic and let them dry in between coats.
Create the Body Parts
Next, grab the bag of orange chenille stems. Remove four stems from the bag and fold them in half. Then bend each one into the shape of a lion’s leg and paw. Keep going by removing a fifth stem from the bag. Fold it in half and then twist the two halves together. Continue by taking two pine cone scales and sandwiching the tip of the fifth stem in between them. Then glue the scales into place. It will serve as the lion’s tail. At this time, you’ll also want to use additional chenille stems to create a neck for your lion.
Assemble the Body
Proceed by grabbing the orange felt, the 2 inch Styrofoam ball, the hot glue gun and a pair of scissors. Use those items to completely cover the 2 inch ball with orange felt. It will serve as the lion’s body. Once the glue has dried, attach the legs, the neck and the tail to the 2 inch ball. Then set it aside and turn your attention towards the 1.5 inch Styrofoam ball.
Proceed by covering half of the 1.5 inch Styrofoam ball with pine cone scales. They will serve as the lion’s mane. I have found that the best way to attach the scales is to insert the rough edges into the ball first. Afterward, secure them into place with a bead of glue.
Next, cover the rest of the 1.5 inch ball with orange felt. Continue by attaching the lion’s nose and eyes to the felt area with glue. When the glue dries, use a fabric paint pen to add a mouth to the lion’s face. Then attach the animal’s head to its neck and body. Once that’s done, your sculpture will be complete.
Source: Personal Experience
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