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Wonderful Hedgehog Crafts for Kids

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Hedgehogs have to be among the most popular animals when it comes to kids, and they are a wonderfully distinctive and fun thing to try and recreate in all sorts of different ways. We’ve pulled together some top hedgehog crafts for you to try out with your little ones.

If you’re lucky enough to have hedgehogs in your garden, spend some time talking to your kid about hedgehog-appropriate foods – and never put any milk down for them.

Fringed Hedgehog

Fringed Hedgehog

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Hedgehog spines are great fun to represent in art, but if you’re working with a little kid, you are quite likely to want to tone the spikes down a bit, without losing the look of them. This craft manages to do that. It’s also great for practicing motor skills and is easy, cute, and quick.

Materials

To make a fringed hedgehog, you should get:

  • Light brown card
  • White glue
  • Black pen
  • Scissors
  • Black card

Step 1: Cut Out A Circle

Start by cutting a circle out of your piece of card. You should then fold this in half.

Next, you are going to put a ring of glue between the two pieces of card, but about two inches from the curved edge of the circle. This will result in the middle part of the semi-circle being stuck but will leave the upper part (which we are going to turn into hedgehog spines) free.

Finally, cut a “C” shape out of one edge of the semi-circle. The bottom edge of this “C” will form the hedgehog’s long, curvy nose, while the upper part will be the first spike on its forehead. Add a bit of glue to the head so that the two sides of the head stick together.

Step 2: Draw The Face

Now your child can get involved. They can draw a hedgehog’s smiling face on the hedgehog, using the “C” you just cut as a guide. 

While they do that, cut them another two small circles from the black card. They should glue one of these to each side of the hedgehog’s snout to make a cute black nose.

They may also want to add some feet to the hedgehog using their black pen, or with some lighter colored brown card cut into toes.

Step 3: Fringe The Hedgehog

Next comes the fun part; adding the spines! You will need to help your child to begin with, but an older child should get the hang of this quite quickly.

Use the scissors to cut lots and lots of thin slits down the part of the semi-circle which is not stuck together. These are the hedgehog’s spines. The card should start to spring and curve in different directions, giving the hedgehog a spiky look.

They may want to cut a few little pieces out entirely to leave more space for the rest of the spines (or this may happen accidentally as they cut). That’s not a problem at all; it will make the hedgehog look better.

Help them fringe the edge of the card from the top of the hedgehog’s head all the way around its back and down to the bottom of the semi-circle. You should now have an adorable hedgehog! You can help them neaten up any spikes that still look a bit square, and it’s all done.

Leaf Hedgehog

Leaf Hedgehog

Source: https://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/fall-hedgehog-craft/

Hedgehogs are closely associated with autumn, and if you have a leaf-cutting stamp, this is a wonderful craft to do as the days start turning colder. It’s easy even for little kids and doesn’t create too much mess.

If you don’t have a leaf stamp, this can still be done, but it may prove tedious and you might want to choose a simpler shape than leaves (e.g. cut some semi-circles or even tear some pieces of colored paper).

Materials

For a leaf hedgehog, you’ll need:

  • Brown card
  • Googly eye
  • Black marker
  • Leaf-cutting stamp
  • Red, yellow, and orange paper
  • Scissors 
  • White glue

Step 1: Draw A Hedgehog

On the brown card, draw a simple hedgehog shape. You can draw a large semi-circle with a curving snout if that’s easiest; this doesn’t need to be very complicated, as it’s just going to give your child a base to work on.

Cut the hedgehog out, aiming for a nice, smooth outline.

Step 2: Cut Out Leaves

Use your leaf stamp to cut out a whole pile of leaves from the red, yellow, and orange paper. Help your child start sticking these in an overlapping layer all over the hedgehog’s back to make a bright collage of leaf shapes.

They can layer this up as much as they want to make the most of the different colors and shapes. It doesn’t matter if the leaves go over the edges of your hedgehog a bit; this will help to give it a spiky look. 

Remember, if you don’t have a leaf cutter, you can still make much the same craft using torn-up scraps of paper: it will just look a little different.

Step 3: Add The Hedgehog’s Face

When your child has finished layering the leaves, help them to stick the googly eye to the hedgehog’s face, and then draw a black nose and a smile, and put the hedgehog aside to dry. All done!

Popsicle Felt Hedgehog

Popsicle Felt Hedgehog

Source: https://daisiesandpie.co.uk/hedgehog-craft-for-kids/

If your child likes crafting with Popsicle sticks, you can make a beautiful little hedgehog on a stick – and this is ideal for inclusion in a puppet theater or similar project.

Materials

You will need:

  • Dark brown felt
  • Light brown felt
  • Green felt (optional)
  • Light brown cardboard
  • 1 Popsicle stick
  • Glue gun
  • White glue
  • Black pen
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut Out The Spines

If your child isn’t old enough to help with cutting out the felt, it may be best to do this in advance, so you have it ready for the craft before they join you. If you don’t, you may find they’re bored before they’ve even begun, as this will take a little while.

You are going to cut multiple spines out of both kinds of brown felt. You should make these pointed at the tips, with rounded ends that will be easy to glue to the card when you’re ready.

Step 2: Draw A Hedgehog

Next, get your child to help you draw a hedgehog outline onto the brown cardboard. Again, this can be a very simple shape; you don’t have to make it complicated. Be generous with the sizing so you have enough space for gluing on spines, but remember that it’s going to fit on a Popsicle stick, so it shouldn’t be too big.

Once you’re happy with the template, cut it out.

Step 3: Glue The Spines

You’re going to start at the back of the hedgehog, and help your child to start gluing the felt spines you have cut to the cardboard. You can layer these up as you work your way along, letting the new spines overlap with ones you have already placed.

Don’t glue the ends of the spines down; you want to leave these loose so they stick up and look spiky. As you work, you should see the spikes of the hedgehog forming as the felt overlaps itself.

You can do both sides of the hedgehog if you want so that it’s a reversible stick puppet, or just one side if you don’t want to spend too long on the craft. You can speed things up a bit by using the glue gun, but you need to make sure your child is old enough to safely handle it (or do this part yourself if not).

Step 4: Add The Popsicle Stick

Once the hedgehog has dried, glue the Popsicle stick to the back of the hedgehog (if you’ve made a double-sided hedgehog, don’t worry – just choose one side to make the back. Use the glue gun to get a good, firm bond.

Step 5: Draw The Hedgehog’s Face

Add the last details of the hedgehog by helping your child draw on a round nose at the top of the hedgehog’s snout, and a little black eye near the first layer of spines. You can also use a googly eye if your child wants to, but a drawn one will look just as good.

Step 6: Include Leaves (Optional)

If you want to, you can cut some little green leaves out of felt and help your child glue these around the Popsicle stick, or around the hedgehog so it looks like he is rooting through the leaf litter.

If you are planning to use hedgehogs in a puppet theater, you might like to make some baby hedgehogs too. You can use the same method, but scale it down a bit, and use toothpicks instead of Popsicle sticks for the baby hedgehogs.

Conclusion

Hedgehog crafts are very fun and varied, and you can do almost anything to create these iconic little creatures. No matter what kind of craft your child likes, you’ll find a way to create hedgehogs using that material. These are cute at any time of year and can be a great way to get your child interested in nature.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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