There’s nothing like a few crafts sessions to teach kids new things. Want to teach your child about foxes, but not sure how to go about it?
In this article, we will look at three simple and beautiful fox crafts, from fox origami to crochet fox ears headbands, for you–and your children–to try at home. Read ahead to find out everything you’ll need to get started.
1. Crochet Fox Ear Headband
Source: By Lindsay @ Ashlee Marie, “Crochet Fox Ear Headband Pattern” (https://ashleemarie.com/crochet-fox-ear-headband-pattern/)
Whether it is a part of your Halloween outfit, something you want to give to a friend or make for your child, or you just want to make a cute headband and wear it yourself, a crochet fox ears headband is what you need. If you’re handy with a crochet hook then this craft should be a breeze. Here’s a list of supplies.
- Yarn, preferably worsted weight, in shades of red, orange and white.
- Appropriate-sized crochet hook.
- Yarn needle, although this is optional.
- A headband that fits.
Stitches used in this pattern
Slip stitch – insert hook, and pull through both loops to slip stitch.
Chain – use the hook to pull the yarn through the hook to form one chain.
Double crochet – Yarn over, insert hook and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your crochet hook to form 1 double crochet.
Sizing and measurements
Depending on the weight and ply of the yarn, and subsequently the hook you use for this project, the finished triangles will vary in size. However, you can make them bigger by simply adding on two or three more rows after step three.
Take your orange yarn and slip the hook into a slip knot. Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop.
Chain 2, and this will be considered as one double crochet. Then, work in 3 double crochets into the center gap in the loop.
Turn your work over, and then chain 2. Place one double crochet in each stitch across till you make your way to the last stitch. Make 2 double crochet in that last stitch.
Repeat step 3 over and over till you have a total number of 8 rows.
Now, go ahead and fasten off, leaving a tail. You can either use a yarn needle to sew it in, or just the hook to weave it in later.
You will need two of these, in orange.
Take your white-colored yarn.
Chain 4 and then slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop.
Chain 2 and work in 3 double crochets into the same stitch. Then, go ahead and place double crochets in each stitch across the row until you reach the final stitch where you place 2 double crochets together in it.
Repeat step 6 until you have a total of 8 rows and then fasten off.
Place one orange triangle and one white triangle over each other and either sew them together with a yarn needle or use a crochet hook to slip stitch them in place together. You can choose to either hide the stitches made to sew them in altogether, or you can choose to make them stand out in contrast to one another.
Repeat this step with the other two triangles, one white and the other orange.
Cut 4-5 strips of red yarn using a pair of scissors. You can use a crochet hook to pull them under and over one of the stitches in the middle of one triangle, the white side facing up. And carefully knot the strands in place.
Repeat this with the other triangle ear as well.
All that’s left to do is slide your headband carefully between the bottom stitches of either triangle, set them in place and you’re done.
2. Handprint Fox Craft
Source: By Easy Peasy and Fun, “Handprint Fox Craft” (https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/handprint-fox-craft/)
This handprint fox craft is for a younger age group of children to enjoy making, but with an adult supervising them and helping them use a pair of scissors.
A list of what you will need
- Orange paper
- White Paint
- Plastic bead-eye sticker or you can even just draw the eyes.
Lay your orange craft paper flat out on your work table. Grab a pencil. Place your hand, palm facing down on the paper, draw an outline, nice and slow. Remember to be extra careful along the curves.
Have an adult cut out the outline of your hand.
Next, draw the shape of a fox’s head on the orange paper. Have an adult cut out this outline as well.
Brush some white paint on the ‘cheeks’ and also on the thumb of the handprint cut out. The latter will serve as the fox’s tail.
Paint the tip of the ‘nose’ a deep black.
Next, draw the fox’s eyes, or place the stickers instead. You can also paint the inner years with some pink or red paint if you want to. Allow the paint to dry.
Go back to the handprint. Place the cutout with your hand upside down, with the thumb pointing up toward the upper-left.
Use a stick of glue to past the head of the fox on the curve of your thumb, edging right.
You’re all done! Pin it up on your refrigerator for everyone to admire!
3. Origami Fox
Source: By Origami Instructions, “Origami Fox” (http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-fox.html)
This one’s a little different from your usual fox face origami. This one? It’s got the head and the body. Here’s a list of things you will need to get started.
A square piece of orange paper and that’s everything!
- Start by laying out your paper flat on your worktable.
- Next, fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle.
- Fold that triangle again, in half, to form a smaller triangle. Crease the edges and then unfold to get the bigger triangle.
- Take the left corner of the triangle and fold it up towards the center end/corner. Now repeat this step with the left corner. You’ll end up with a neat square
- Flip your work around and then carefully fold the square in half, to form a triangle.
- Now the longest side, the one that is perpendicular, will face leftward, as will the layers of paper under the top layer. You will have six layers.
- Now, fold the perpendicular end, and all 6 layers with it, inwards and crease it in a half-inch fold.
- Unfold the first three layers and then push down the middle two spread open the middle two, with the top pinched in a curved dome.
- Push the top, curved end down halfway to the center and crease into an envelope-like shape.
You have the head, you have the pointy ears and you have the body. What you have is a pretty origami fox.
Additionally, you can make ‘legs’ by folding inward the two ends opposite the ‘head,’ as well as fold the tail inward to make the fox stand up.
Don’t forget to pencil in a pair of eyes and a nose on the tip of the triangle head.