|This little squirrel ornament is made with a combination of cotton batting and dryer lint.|
|Top, dryer lint and cotton balls.|
Center, cotton unrolled is easy
to "spin" around pasty surfaces.
Bottom, thinning out cotton or
lint before applying it to surfaces
will help you to craft a smoother
surface, free from odd lumpy
- newpaper, or newsprint, or old telephone book pages
- masking tape
- white school glue and tacky white glue
- tiny beads for eyes
- dryer lint (greyish or whatever)
- white cotton balls
- acorn cap (real one)
- a bit of fur or natural looking feathers
- Begin this little squirrel ornament by crushing newsprint into three basic shapes. These are pictured below alongside a penny. Mask each one with tape as you go so that the pieces will hold their shape.
- Then tape the three shapes together the way that I have shown them below.
- Now you are ready to begin to glue and layer tiny bits of cotton onto the squirrel body. I used dryer lint for the grey body and white cotton for the belly, cheeks, and tiny tufts of fur inside my critter's ears. You will find that it is necessary to let sections of your creature's body dry before advanced to another portion or side of the ornament. Take your time and set the piece to dry in a warm place as you proceed. Making cotton batting ornaments is not a fast process.
- To make the acorn, I collected a small acorn cap from my back yard and rolled a piece of dryer lint between my fingers with a bit of white glue. Then I attached my little lint ball to the inside of the acorn cap with tacky glue.
- Eventually, I snipped the arms of my squirrel into shorter stubs. You will find that it is often necessary to make adjustments to your masked, paper crushed armature as you proceed through a method.
- Also, as you proceed to glue down the lint or cotton with the tips of your fingers, you will discover a variety of tricks: the thinner the layers and the more of them create smoother surfaces, it's easy to build up areas to create muscle mass, using tools like tweezers, needles, toothpicks and a magnifying glass come in handy! Clamping is also useful at different junctures of the process. I only used my hands to make this ornament but, I have also been crafting these kinds of projects for many years. You will improve as well if you persist!
- After covering my squirrel's body with the grey lint, I then added a nice padding of white cotton for his belly area, cheeks and the tiny tufts inside his ears.
- Then I also pricked two holes with the sharp end of a pair of scissors where I wanted to add glass beads for eyes.
- I glued a wire hook to his back leaving a little to show as I applied very tacky glue to a swatch of fur for his great swishy tail.
|Some close-up photos of my cotton batting ornament. Remember to tuck in edges as you go using the tip of a needle/toothpick. This makes your work look professional and clean.|