Craft Ideas

Here are some instructions and links to really fun and cute animals crafts. They are all pretty easy to make and do not require many materials. A lot of the materials can be found around your house or bought for cheap from a thrift store! That way you're rescuing materials that would have been thrown out. Click on the craft titles to find tutorials and instructions.

A.Stuffed Bunny

B. Pet Rock

Materials: Rock, Paint, Paint Brushes, Water (to clean brushes)

Time: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour
Difficulty: Easy!
Website: Check out Alika-Rikki's flickr for some amazing painted rocks!

C. Needle Felted Animals
Materials: Needles, Wool, Foam (as a work surface)
Time: Varies depending on size of project
Difficulty: Medium

D.Cute Animal Mobile

Materials: Varies, depending on type. 
A. Paper - paper, scissors, string, branches/wood
B. Plastic/Rubber - small toys, string, branches
C. Fabric - fabric/felt/wool, string, needle, branches
Time: 30 minutes to 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Website: Tiddliwink Toys

E.Origami Animal Bookmarks

Materials: Paper, Magnets, Pen, Glue
Time: A few minutes
Difficulty: Easy!

(Or you can buy them for $8)

F. Finger Puppets
Materials: Felt, Needle, String, Scissors
Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

G. Animal Board Game

Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Scissors, Markers/Pastels
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Click here for the Bunny Tutorial


C. Needle Felted Animals

Step One: Gather/Buy Materials

For needle felting, you'll need special wool and needles. You can buy these from craft stores or craft fairs and are pretty inexpensive. The wool is really soft too!

You should have a project in mind before buying so you get the right colors.

Step Two: Poke Away!

Pull a clump of wool fibres from the ball and begin poking the clump with you needle. Be very careful to always pay attention to what you're doing, as the needles are very sharp.

Step Three: Add Details.

To add details, such as hands, feet, or ears, simply pull a new clump of wool and poke with the needle to attach it. It's that easy! 

Here's a cute little needle felted bunny. :)

D. Animal Mobile

Step One: Cut out Animal Shape.

I choose to make jellyfish for my mobile and am making them from felt. You could use paper or fabric and achieve the same result. Or you could knit or crochet an animal. 

Step Two: Add Details

I used bright blue thread and a decorative "x" stitch to mimic the bioluminescent lights that some jellies have. I also used fabric scraps in different shades of green and white to create tentacles. If you're making a jelly try different lengths and patterns for the tentacles.

Step Three: Stuff It!

Make your animal poufy by filling it with fabric scraps or cotton batting. Then sew it up all around the edges to finish it.

Step Four: Hang Up Your Creation.

Instead of making more jellies and making a mobile, I decided to hang my felt jelly with other decorations that I have made. Although, to make the structure of the mobile, simply make an "x" shape using two branches tied with string. Then hang your cute animals using string or ribbon. 


E. Origami Animal Bookmarks

Step One: Choose an Animal.

Decide what animal you want to make and choose a cute patterned or colored paper to match that animal's personality. The thickness of the paper is up to you. For making a bookmark, card stock is a great choice because it is durable and sturdy. The thicker the paper, the harder to fold!

Step Two: Make a square piece of paper.

Traditional origami doesn't use scissors, so to make a square piece of paper from a rectangle, fold one corner so it lines up with the opposite edge (purple arrow to purple x)

Then you will be left with a strip of paper at the bottom. Make a good crease along the edge (green dashed line) and tear along this crease.

Ta da! A square piece of paper!

Step Three: Fold Your Paper!

Follow an origami tutorial or diagram to create the animal of your choice. Here are two great ideas: a bunny or a panda. The bunny is very easy to make!

Step Four: Attach Magnets

After making your cute origami animal, you can add tiny magnets to create an adorable bookmark! Simply glue one magnet on either side of a flap on the back, and voila!

Origami Bunny Instructions:

Origami Panda Instructions:


G. Animal Board Game

Step One: Decide on a Design

For our game we decided to make a zoo themed board. First we made 12 "animal cards", each with a different animal, such as jellyfish, lion, llama, hippo, and sea otter. We used colored pencils to decorate them. Next, we made corresponding "animal fact" cards with one fact per animal on each card.

Step Two: Draw and Color the Board

After completing the cute animal cards and facts, we drew and colored the game board. Our "start" location is in the middle, which is an animal carousel. We arranged the animals due to habitat, such as ocean, desert, forest, etc. I colored the game squares to match each environment. We added "fact" spaces, where a player picks up an "animal fact" card.

Step Three: Make a Die and Player Pieces

You can use a die from another game, or make one from paper. Greg made an origami die, or you could follow the tutorial below for a design that uses scissors and glue. We didn't make player pieces, we used small coins. You can also add more action spaces, such as "miss a turn", "trade places with another player", etc.

Step Four: Play Your New Game!

Test out the game to see if everything works. The first time is always an experiment. Maybe it's too easy? Or maybe too fast? We decided to add "action" cards that are mixed into the deck with the "animal fact" cards. When you land on a "fact" space you either get an action, such as "clean the panda cage: miss a turn", or a fact.

How to Play Our Game

Object: To collect the most animal cards by visiting their habitats.

1. To collect an animal card, such as "Panda", you must first collect the corresponding "animal fact" card. There are "fact" spaces throughout the game board.
2. A player cannot change the direction of their piece, but can choose which path(s) to follow.
3. Players must stop on "challenge" spaces, such as "Scuba Diving Lessons" and follow instructions. (For Scuba Diving Lessons, you must roll a 6 to go past).

Paper Die Tutorial:

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