I stole these from my mother last time I was home. She doesn’t mind…we acquired them through a children’s craft bazaar about 30-so years ago…the kind where you went during school to buy your brother’s and sister’s presents for Christmas. They really are Christmas ornaments but I love them for the winter months more. They are hanging on a little tack on my kitchen window. Aren’t they so cute?
They are cheap to make and relatively easy.
Here’s what you need:
Walnuts (you must crack them carefully…my method: Use a nutcracker on one 1/2 of the shell…that part will break but you will be left with the other 1/2. ) Buy plenty…about 1/3 makes it through the cracking procedure properly.
String…any kind. I used embroidery thread.
Tiny black beads
Black thread and a little needle
A glue gun
Crack your walnuts like this:
Cut a square (about 2”) out of a piece of fabric for the blanket part.
Cut a out a rectangular (about 1 1/2” x 3”) piece of felt.
Cut two little tiny ears and a long thin tail
Cut a piece of string to use for the hanger. I sewed my nose and eyes on because I am a TERRIBLE glue gunner. It’s actually easier, I think to sew them on, and stitch up the underside of the face. (If you are a master glue gunner, go for it!) Place the nose in the middle at the very bottom of the rectangular piece and the eyes right above. Stitch up the underside so it forms a cone shape. Shove a little cotton from a cotton ball in the nose.
Use your glue gun and glue the tail, the ears and the string on the walnut: Fold over the back of the mouse’s head and put a quick stitch in…you may need to cut a little fabric off to make it fit in the walnut properly: Use your glue gun and glue that head in there…I just use a little bead of glue around the inside edge.
Place a fluffed up cotton ball in the middle of the fabric “blankie” and wrap up like a ball:Next, fit your fabric covered “blankie” cotton ball into the remaining space…glue the same way you did the head.
Here’s Andrew’s…he insisted on making himself one using the glue gun…you know the ending of that story. He loves it though, red mark on his finger and all.
Have Fun and Stay Warm!