Finger Puppets, Part 2

After I made finger puppets for my nephews, I wanted to make some for my son, as well. I made the same ten — five each of zoo animals and farm animals — but then I really wanted to make a fox, so I had to add in five woodland animals.

But then I wasn’t pleased with the chipmunk I had made. It looked too much like another bear and wasn’t very cute. I decided to make a skunk instead. While working on the skunk, though, I also made a couple more alterations to the chipmunk and ended up liking it pretty well. So then I had six woodland creatures instead of just five.

And, being me, I needed all the sets to have the same number of animals. So I made a sheep for the farm animals and a parrot for the zoo animals.

Anyway, here they are.

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It ended up as kind of a Beaver-Chipmunk hybrid, but at least it looks distinct from the Bear, now.

I hope that little boy likes them.

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Finger Puppets

For our family Christmas gift exchange this year, I drew my brother’s family. He has twin boys that are one and a half. Since our budget is a little tight, I decided to make them something. My little boy is about the same age as them, so I went with something I thought he would like: Finger puppets.

I googled for felt animal finger puppets and used the ideas I saw to help me make my own. The little red tote was all my doing, though, and I’m rather proud of it. The barn door opens and shuts, and the zoo bars aren’t attached, so you can put the animals in the zoo cage.

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I think they came out cute, so now I want to make some for my own little guy. I’m thinking of maybe making the barn and zoo animals and then also making a set of woodland creatures — fox, rabbit, owl, bear, squirrel — mostly just because I think a fox finger puppet would be so adorable.

 

30 Days, Day 18: Baby Chef Hat

I like to make silly greeting cards prominently featuring Baby for his Grandparents. Typically, I dress him up using stuff we have around the house. For his grandma’s upcoming birthday, I wanted to do a chef theme, but didn’t have a chef hat, so I decided to make one. I used the instructions on this website: andersruff.com.

(I was considerably less neat about it, though.)

It was pretty easy to do, and (since I’m one of the weirdos who saves and reuses tissue paper from gifts), I had the necessary supplies at home.

Here’s one of the pictures I took of Baby in his chef getup.

He's grown up so much!
He’s grown up so much!

You’ll note that because I’ve read entirely too many scary articles about posting pictures of your kids online, I’ve gone to some knock-off-Photoshop lengths to protect Baby’s identity. You’ll just have to believe me when I say his cuteness was at ridiculous levels.

30 Days, Day 17: Patriotic Shirt

Occasionally, we like to buy T-Shirts from the craft store and use fabric markers to decorate them. In our hometown, the 4th of July is a particularly big deal, with a giant parade, and a lot of other Independence Day activities, so we wanted Baby to be ready to celebrate with the best of Uncle Sam’s nephews.

I realize the design I came up with isn’t the most original, but I think Baby will be very cute in it.

Baby will be the cutest patriot.
Baby will be the cutest patriot.

30 Days, Day 16: Picture Book

OK, so the picture book is actually an ongoing project. I’m not much of an artist (see my earlier horse-drawing post for confirmation of that), but I like to cut things out of paper, so I’m slowly making the illustrations for my book from cut out paper. It’s nothing too fancy, but I think it will be kind of fun for Baby to have a book written and illustrated by his mommy.

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Try to draw a soccer ball sometime without a reference. It’s basically impossible.

This is the illustration for the first page (minus the table you can see behind it). I think it’s kind of cute.

I’m about halfway done with the book right now. When I’m finished, my plan is to upload it all to a site like Shutterfly or something to make it a real, bound book.

30 Days, Day 6: Bunny Ears!

This one is kind of cheating because I missed yesterday.

Baby is going to his first ever Easter Egg hunt later today, so I made him some bunny ears. I really wanted to make them only of things that I already had in the house, so they’re made of some quilt batting, pink and white felt, and elastic. And a little piece of velcro. Actually, it’s kind of amazing that I had all of that stuff here.

I was going to attempt to make them well — sew them together and everything — but my husband saw my preparations and said, “Why don’t you just hot glue it?”

I’m all for things that save time. Especially for things like these bunny ears that will be used maybe twice. And except for the burn I sustained on my right thumb, things turned out pretty well.

This Nemo ball seemed like a pretty good approximation for Baby's head size.
This Nemo ball seemed like a pretty good approximation for Baby’s head size.

I’d protest how much better they look in person… but they really don’t. I’ll bet they’re going to be a lot cuter on Baby, though.