If you ever wanted a fairly simple craft for yourself or children these mice ornaments are cute and make people smile.
Felt – whatever colors you like. For this year I made green and red mice with white ears.
The eyes. I suppose you could use a marker but I’ve always preferred wiggly eyes.
The new addition this year I put a bell on my mice. Usually, I just buy puff paint and write the name of the person I made it for on the body.
These make the prefect noses. I went white this year to match the ears but white or black are best. If you want to go crazy there are other colors.
For some reason this is the glue I use. If you’re crafty and have a glue you prefer use that.
Don’t forget the tails!
Also new this year. I needed a way to attach the jingle bells.
Oh, and scissors!
Step Two: The Setup
On some piece of stiff cardboard or index cards, something firm to use as a template, trace out body and ears. You may have to make several attempts to get it to you liking.
When they’re cut out and lined up it should look something like this. You want to make sure there’s room for the eyes and nose and whatever you want to put on the body.
Trace out the patterns on to your felt.
Cut out your felt pieces.
Fold the head in half where the center of your ears lines up and make two parallel slits far enough apart to be on either side of the candy cane long enough to fit the middle width of your ears.
At the bottom of the body follow the center of the parallel slits down to about a centimeter from the bottom and cut a perpendicular slit.
You can do this now or after ear assembly. Using the cut marks as guides apply the eyes, nose, and whichever body decoration you’re using. To do the bells I cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around the body the tied it at the center to the jingle bell, made a bow, and glued it down.
Make sure you let the glue dry completely when you do this step otherwise it’s a pain to hold it together and try to assemble at the same time.
The ears are the trickiest part. If you cut the parallel slits long enough it should be fine. I fold one side in half.
Then I quarter that side.
You push the folded side through one slit…
… then up again through the other slit.
Thread the candy cane through the bottom slit from the top of the mouse body…
… then pass it up under the ear section that is on the underside of the mouse to secure the tail.
The completed mice hang from there tails on the Christmas tree and they make such cute gifts!
I don’t think I missed anything. Happy crafting!