Isn’t he cute? I saw him at Target last week and the little guy had DIY written all over him. A little styrofoam carving and yarn winding and I had my own. My version is a bit more whimsical I think, but just as adorable and (yay!) also much cheaper.
You will need:
- yarn ($2.00 for the whole skein)
- one styrofoam egg ($2.00)
- one 12X4 styrofoam cone ($2.00)
- straight pins (or super glue)
- Start with the egg, this is going to be your giraffe’s head.
- Shape the tip of the nose down a bit and flatten the sides so it looks like the depressions where eyes would be.
- Carve out a square into the bottom of the egg, this is going to fit onto the “neck” and help keep the head on the giraffe.
- Use the 12X4 cone for the neck of the giraffe.
- Cut the tip off the cone, leaving about 6 and a half inches for the base (your giraffe is going to end up being about 8 and a half inches tall).
- Start shaping the base. Don’t try and cut off too big of pieces or the styrofoam will snap. Instead, just start shaving it down: leave the base a bit wider than the top so it doesn’t tip over. Curve the front of the base in a little so it looks like a neck. Finally, carve the top of the base into another square, this is going to fit into the head.
- From the top of the cone you cut off, cut out two mushroom-shaped pieces for the horns as well as two leaf-shaped pieces for the ears. Stick straight-pins, or toothpicks into each piece.
- Place the head, ears, and horns on with straight-pins, toothpicks, or even glue would work. You may have to play around a bit with the placement to make it look right.
- Make any adjustments to your carving and you’re ready to wrap him in yarn!
**this project is a bit messy so put some newspaper or something down while you carve, I had quite the styrofoam cloud going.**
- Start winding the yarn around the giraffe. You can play with how you want the yarn to lay, it would be fun to do designs with it if you wanted to get complex.
- I stuck straight pins in random places to keep the yarn in place. Especially at the tip of the horns and ears, as well as the rounded nose and back of the head, pins were essential to keeping everything uniform. Like I said earlier, super-glue would also work just as well to hold everything in place but don’t use hot glue, it will melt the styrofoam!
He looked cute pretty much everywhere I put him and how cheerful to have a little giraffe-buddy on your desk or in your office? Nothing can be too serious for a yarn-wrapped giraffe. I wanted to try modge-podging the giraffe in music sheets instead of the yarn as a little twist on the Target original. I think it might be super cute for a music room, but I decided to just go with the yarn this time around. Who knows though, perhaps I may just give the other version a try as well since this one was so simple.
– ❤ A.
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