- Age Guideline: 3 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Construction Paper
- Wiggle Eyes
- Embroidery Floss or Yarn
- Crayons or Markers
- Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
Instructions:Use whatever colors you like to make an entire collection of little heart mice. Make them all the same or make each one different! For the younger family members, you may want to have the hearts already cut out and then let them glue them together.
Start out by cutting out the hearts you will need to make the mouse. You will need one large heart for the body, a smaller heart for the head, and two even smaller hearts for the mouse's arms. You will also need to cut two small circles out of a color of construction paper that will contrast with the head color.
To make the mouse's body, set the largest heart, pointed side up, on your work surface. Put a couple dabs of glue near the point. Grab the heart you cut out for the head and place it on the glue dabs. Now quickly, before the glue on the head dries, put some glue on the back of the two arm hearts. Slip these into place on the mouse's body by lifting up the edges of the mouse's head. Smooth the head back down where it belongs, adding a tad more glue if necessary.
Now we can add the finishing touches! Glue the two small circles onto the head heart and also glue on the wiggle eyes. Cut a small piece embroidery floss or yarn and separate the fibers a little bit. Put a dab of glue at the point of the head heart and lay the center of the embroidery floss or yarn onto the glue to look like the mouse's whiskers. Glue a small pom-pom on top of the whiskers. To make a tail, I cut three piece from the embroidery floss, about 6-inches long, and braided them together. Glue the tail to the back of the mouse's body.
Of course, you should use your imagination when you make your own mouse and use whatever colors and shapes you like. Fold a piece of construction paper in half and glue the mouse on the front of it to make an adorable Valentine's Day card. Don't forget to write a special message in the card. It can be a personal note or a silly pun... How about something like "I know it's cheesy, but will you be my Valentine". Can you think of any others? if you do, share them in the Family Crafts Forum.
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