This adorable Halloween project combines two hot trends - needlefelting and paper crafts. Versatile STYROFOAM™ brand foam makes an ideal base for both techniques.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Ball, 3-1/2"
- Block, 18" x 4" x 4"
- Orange wool fiber
- Black wool felt
- Star-print decorative paper, 12" x 12"
- Cardstock: cream, orange
- Digital, vintage Halloween images
- Ribbon, 1-1/2" x 1 yd.: gold organza, black satin
- Gold chenille stem
- White/iridescent glitter glue
- Serrated knife
- Candle stub or paraffin
- Round wooden toothpicks, two
- Scissors: standard; scallop and pinking decorative-edge
- Needlefelting tool
- Sewing needle and black button thread
- Black-head corsage pins, seven
- Thick, white craft glue
- Computer and printer
Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Follow manufacturer's instructions.
- Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin; cut 4" cube from foam block. Set aside remainder of foam block for future project.
- Cut two 4 1/2" x 8 1/4" strips and one 3 3/4" square from star paper. Overlap and glue two short ends of 4 1/2" wide strips 1/4" to create one 4 1/2" x 16 1/4" strip. Score and fold paper strip 1/2" from top long edge to make sharp crease.
- Beginning and ending in center of one side of cube to prevent visible seams, wrap paper strip around four sides, allowing paper to extend 1/2" above top edge of cube; do not glue yet. Use fingers to crimp paper at cube corners; remove paper and crisply fold at crimp marks.
- Glue paper strip around cube sides, overlapping ends. Clip paper corners above foam and fold excess down to top of cube; glue to secure. Glue paper square to top of cube. Position cube with paper seam at center back.
- Print desired Halloween images onto cream cardstock and trim with pinking scissors. Mat image on orange cardstock and glue to block sides. Embellish images with glitter glue.
- Place small amount of orange wool fiber against foam ball and attach to surface using felting needle; follow manufacturer instructions to ensure safety. Continue felting fiber to foam until completely covered.
- Glue two toothpicks halfway into bottom of ball. Apply glue to free ends and insert into top of paper-covered cube; let dry.
- Cut one 2 1/2" x 9" strip from black wool felt and roll into a log shape for hat crown; glue edge. Use scallop scissors to cut a 3" circle from felt for brim; glue hat crown to center of brim. Cut small square from felt and glue to top of hat; trim edges even. Glue hat to head. Glue chenille stem around bottom of hat crown; trim excess.
- Cut face patterns from black wool felt and adhere to face as shown.
- Layer ribbons together and sew gathering stitch along one long edge. Pull up gathers tightly to create ruffle. Wrap ribbons around neck and tie off threads.
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