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Three Ways to Decorate Felt Animal Shapes

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Often when it's a cold and miserable afternoon or morning and you're stuck indoors at the weekend, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained. Why not crack out the craft supplies and have yourself a few hours of making time. These felt shapes projects are perfect for all ages and look great displayed around the house. You can pretty much do whatever you like when it comes to decorating your felt shape from painting to gluing to embellishing, anything goes!

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How to Make

Butterfly:

1. Start by drawing your butterfly shape on a piece of paper.

2. Cut this template out and pin it to your felt sheet. Then cut around this template to create your felt butterfly.

3. Next, draw your design on your butterfly using a pencil. make sure not to push to hard with the pencil otherwise you may still see these lines after you have applied the gems.

4. Stick on our gems until all of the pencil lines are covered.

5. To secure the googly eyes, apply a small amount of tacky glue to the back and position on the butterfly, leave to dry.

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Owl:

1. Start by drawing your owl shape on a piece of paper.

2. Cut this template out and pin it to your felt sheet. Then cut around this template to create your felt owl.

3. Starting at the base of the owl start applying the feathers using tacky glue. If the feathers are quite long in length, these will need cutting down, simply snip away the top part of the feather.

4. Continue to work your up the owl in rows until completely covered.

5. Leave to dry.

6. To make the beak cut a circle from tissue paper (or card if your prefer) roughly 12.5 centimetres in diameter. Fold in half once, so you end up with a semi circle, then fold this in half so that you end up with a quarter circle, and then fold this in half to form a crease in the tissue paper, open out the last fold, you should no have a quarter circle with a crease running down the middle.

7. Attach the beak to the owl by running a line of glue along both edges of the quarter circle, position the beak on the owl so that the point is centrally placed between the eyes.

8. Leave to dry.

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Elephant:

1. Start by drawing your Elephant shape on a piece of paper.

2. Cut this template out and pin it to your felt sheet. Then cut around this template to create your felt Elephant

3. Next, start laying out circles of tissue paper on top of the elephant, to help figure out where you want all of the different colours to go, and how you want them layered up.

4. Use tacky glue to secure the circles in place, starting with the bottom layer of circles first. Don't worry if your circles overlap the sides of the elephant, these will be cut away afterwards.

5. Once all of the tissue paper circles have been attached, leave to dry.

6. Hold the elephant so that you are looking at the wrong side (undecorated side) cut away any tissue paper that is overlapping the felt shape.

7. Secure the googly eye using a small amount of tacky glue and leave to dry.

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