Craft Tutorial; Felt on Plastic Animals
Continuing from yesterday’s alpaca pin cushion tutorial, today I’m going to show you what you can do (and shouldn’t do) to innocent-looking plastic animals :)
[For bambi] What you’ll need:
- plastic bambi (mine is made by Schleich)
- small strip of felt
- pom pom trim
- needle and thread
1) Cut two pom poms from pom pom trim. Trim the pom poms if they are too big.
2) Sew them on the edge of the felt. Yes, you’re done!
It’s too easy to be called a tutorial, isn’t it? I just noticed that my bambi has quite an angry face – maybe I should have given him more Spring/Summer 2012 look…
OK, now we are moving on to ‘what you shouldn’t do’ tutorial – I really learned it the hard way!
First of all, this is the original sheep toy. I like sheep in general, and I like the shape of the toy (the reason why I bought it) but I really, really don’t like the original face. ‘Maybe I should paint his face’, I thought. Then the mad idea came up in my head – why don’t I give him a real wool coat…?
Yap, I’ve done it. I like how it turned out (I think it looks cute in a very odd way) but Mr T was lost for words when he saw this. So… if you fancy giving your plastic animals some woolly love, follow the tutorial :)
[For sheep] What you’ll need:
- plastic sheep (mine is made by Schleich)
- wool fiber
- black enamel paint / black nail polish
1) I started the process by painting the sheep with enamel paint. Don’t do this. Please. Really. You’ll see why…
2) I know, it looks so scary now. But even scarier photo is coming up next…
3) It looks just wrong!!! But, if you’d like to give your plastic pal a woolly coat, this it the step you should start from.
Wrap wool fibre around the sheep and gently stroke the wool in hot, soapy water. When the wool’s surface stops shifting, rub it hard until it holds together. When it’s felted enough, rinse the sheep in water and leave it to dry.
4) When it’s dry, it’s time to rescue your sheep.
5) Trim the unwanted wool off the sheep with scissors.
You can see how much paint has come off and how much wool fibre has stuck to the paint. This is why you should skip step 1 & 2. I was so naïve to think that the oil-based enamel wouldn’t come off…
6) So, this is another step you can skip. I cleaned the body with nail polish remover.
7) Paint the body with enamel paint or nail polish. I used nail polish because the rid of the enamel paint was stuck and I couldn’t open it (another mild disaster). When it’s dry, you’re done! I used double-sided tape to stick the wool above the head, by the way.
So… do you like the transformed version better than the original? I really like the new version of him, and it feels like he is really ‘mine’ now.
I made a lot of silly mistakes during the process, but it was quite fun to wet felt the poor sheep (the photo of step 3 never fail to make me laugh).
One more photo of alpaca and bambi – don’t they look so cute together? Another plastic animal-related post is coming up tomorrow (yes, again!), so get your animals ready!