When we were recently given a box full of egg foam balls from Floracraft® Make It:Fun® with the assignment to make a kid’s craft, we knew we wanted to use them for something other than floral arranging. Because we like to think out of the box here at Lia Griffith HQ! Being a lover of cute little critters, it wasn’t long before the idea of a DIY hedgehog became our brilliant idea for turning egg shapes into something unexpected.
As you may know, we have created many different felt animals that typically involve hand-stitching and sewing. However, today’s project is very easy and only requires some painting, cutting, and gluing.
To create the mom and baby hedgehog, we picked two foam eggs in the sizes of 3-1/2 inches and 2-5/16 inches. These were first painted with beige acrylic craft paint. We also used toothpicks for the spines and felt and beads for their faces. Our toothpicks are blunt at one end, meaning our DIY hedgehog is not quite as spiky as the real version. Also, you can glue the beads onto the hedgehog’s face rather than sewing them on, or you can use 6mm safety eyes that will slide into the foam. All in all, this hedgehog is super simple to craft, making it a great craft project for kids!
The template for the face and tiny ears can be found at the bottom of this post. We made these from our almond wool blend felt. Then follow our simple tutorial below to make your own felt and foam ball hedgehogs. If you enjoy this craft, please do share your pictures of your DIY hedgehog with us across Facebook or Instagram by tagging me or including #MadeWithLia on your post. We LOVE to see your creative endeavors! Enjoy! ~ Lia
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
What colors are the paint and felt that was used?
Since this is an older project, I just updated it with links to the materials. Have fun making these cuties!
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what are some other replacements for the foam-ball?
Hmm I actually don’t have a great suggestion– the foam works perfect with the toothpicks, and I’m not sure of another product that would work as well.
I think it’s very deceiving to offer a free pattern only to have to basically pay for it by joining your site in order to download it? I find this a really bad way to draw people to your site. I will pass as Pinterest offers the same pattern as well as the net!
Hi Brenda, this is not one of our free patterns and should not be advertised as so. Our site changed to a paid membership model in 2015 (to expand our crafting efforts) so it’s possible you came across an older Pin from the time it was free. We try to reach out and update those when we can, we certainly don’t ever mean to mislead anyone.
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Ha, Ha, Ha!!! LOVE THEM!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
🙂 I love my job!
This is soooo cute! You guys are very clever…
You are so sweet, we had a blast with these.
Love, love, love these cute critter! They could not be any more adorable. Thank you!
Starting a whole critter family:-)
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Oh my stars Lia, your Momma and Baby Hedgehogs are adorable but then you knew that. What an adorable project, can hardly wait to make them, think will show youngest grand daughter so she can make couple if she wants. Wish there were more craft shows around here so her and I could go. We did a Christmas show together which was lots of fun.
Have great weekend. Will be so busy with all paper flower projects and now these cute little hedgehogs. Think I’ll wait til Winter to make all the other little critters, good projects to keep hands busy. Love to have sewing projects during winter, just feels like good time to make things.
I bought the Cricut Explore Air because I d love to follow your projects, 2 weeks now and not been able to install the Cricut Design Space. I have tried very hard but nothing happen, I hope Cricut will fix the Google problems and plugings …. otherwise it will be a lost investment.
Have you contacted Cricut’s customer service team? They should be able to help you!
As always you hit this one right out of the box! I’m going to do this craft with my grandkids this weekend for sure! Thanks Lia!!!
Thank you, hope you and your grandkids have a blast! We sure did:-)