I saw a great quote
recently: “Dear Beautiful Spring Weather, I miss you. Was it something I said?” That’s exactly how I feel right now! It was only in the 20’s here this morning and they’re calling for snow tomorrow. Snow! Thankfully they’ve revised the original 2-3″ forecast and are just predicting a dusting in our area now, but I think I might literally cry if I see snow on the ground this late in March. So it seems that despite all our wishing and hoping, March plans on leaving like a lion. Which stinks. But at least it’s a good reason to make a cute lion craft. I got this month’s issue of Family Fun
magazine in the mail yesterday and Little Crafter immediately picked out this cute note holder.
LITTLE LION NOTE HOLDER
– yellow cardstock – glue
– orange cardstock or colored paper – scissors, paper cutter
– 2 googly eyes – toothpick
– 2 clothespins
STEP 1: Cut 3″ head shape from yellow cardstock. Also cut 2 ears and a rounded triangle face. Set aside.
STEP 2: Cut 36 strips of orange cardstock 1/8″ wide by 4 1/4″ long. I recommend the paper cutter!
STEP 3: Cut small orange nose from remaining orange cardstock.
STEP 4: Curl each strip around toothpick (this is a great introduction to quilling) to create a flat spiral. This step was time consuming and was beyond LC’s ability, so I did this as part of the prep work before I got him involved.
STEP 5: Use craft glue to attach quilled spirals all over yellow head shape.
STEP 6: Use craft glue to attach ears. Assemble face, adding googly eyes and nose, then glue face on top of curls.
STEP 7: Glue two clothespins to the back of lion with the part that opens facing up so they can hold a note. I used a low temp glue gun for this part.
STEP 8: Add a cute note and enjoy!
My post-crafting reflections: It was a little more time-consuming than I’d anticipated and we got pretty messy glue-wise, but the lion turned out to be really cute. In retrospect, I would have used orange paper rather than orange cardstock because I think it would have curled easier. I also think it was a little beyond a 2 year old’s abilities, although LC did seem to enjoy participating and he loved the finished product.