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Keep the Kiddos Entertained This Holiday with DIY Felt Animal Pins

image source: lily glass
image source: lily glass

Expecting a house full of folks under four feet tall for the holidays? As important as I think it is to have your kiddos involved in the preparation, everyone needs a little break on those social days, and it can feel overwhelming to think of something on the spot to keep them occupied for just 10 more minutes. 

Image Source: Lily Glass
Image Source: Lily Glass

Not only that, having a few activities planned for the little ones is a lovely way to welcome your guests and make them feel extra comfortable. With a little preparation, some felt, and craft glue, kids and parents alike will feel right at home and leave with a sweet little party favor. 

Felt Animal Pins

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 5-6 felt sheets, color of your choice
  • Sandwich bags (optional)
  • Felt or craft glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Craft pin backs

Directions:

  1. Sketch out the animal faces beforehand, and then use these as a stencil when cutting out the felt animal heads. (You could also use a cookie cutter or print out a few cartoon silhouettes for this part). For our woodland creatures we chose a rabbit, fox, and bear. 

    Image Source: Lily Glass
    Image Source: Lily Glass
  2. Turn on a show and whip out the scissors — no stencil needed here, just enough eyes, ears, and noses for each animal. We added some cheeks and fur accents, too. I recommend having one of each animal ready for the kids to work from as an example. 
  3. Keep each animal’s pieces together in a plastic bag. If you’re having a larger number of kiddos, it might make sense to pre-package each pin’s pieces in an individual baggie.
  4. Let the little ones lay out the pieces on the animal head and help with gluing as necessary. 
    Image Source: Lily Glass
    Image Source: Lily Glass

    Image Source: Lily Glass
    Image Source: Lily Glass
  5. Once the felt seems dry, secure a pin to the back of each animal head with hot glue. (Make sure an adult is in charge of this part.) 

    Image Source: Lily Glass
    Image Source: Lily Glass
  6. Wear proudly to your holiday feast, and then take a note from these woodland creatures and have yourself a great big nap afterward. 
Image Source: Lily Glass
Image Source: Lily Glass

Note: If you’re not totally comfortable with a pin, feel free to swap with a hair clip. This might make more sense for especially tiny guests.

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