Sweet and easy crafts are always welcome in our home. We first came across this one at one of our regional parks on a celebratory day when families were invited to dig their hands in and make things together to celebrate the season and farm life. My little girl especially loves this project as it easily creates an animal out of very little.
To make your own woolly sheep, collect your materials and plan to spend ten minutes creating.
You will need a small amount of raw wool/wool roving and three (3) black or white chenille sticks. A thin ribbon and a bell are optional.
Begin by folding all three of the chenille sticks in half. Select one of these and pinch out a head by making three bends. These will be the sheep’s ears and nose/mouth.
The remaining portion of this now-bent chenille stick will be the sheep’s body, so twist the two long pieces together to secure them.
The remaining two bent chenille sticks will be the sheep’s legs. Place these over the sheep body and wrap them around the body to secure them. Bend up the feet to eliminate the sharp point of the chenille stick and also to shorten the legs slightly. Don’t bend them up too far, because the sheep’s body wool will soon make the legs appear less gangly.
Take a narrow strip of wool and begin to wrap it somewhat tightly, crisscrossing it around the sheep’s head, creating a woolly head that leaves chenille-stick ears and nose peeking out.
Take additional narrow strips of wool and wrap each leg tightly, leaving some black chenille stick showing for feet. Now take a nice fluffy puff of wool and wrap it loosely around the chenille stick body to complete the sheep. Finish with a ribbon and bell around the neck (optional).
You now have a sweet addition to a seasonal/nature table or even an Easter basket.
Nicola Alesandrini lives in Northern California with her husband and two young children. Her family strives toward balance in their frugal and earth friendly urban life. She spends her days chasing kids, enjoying bits of nature, and avoiding laundry. She writes and crafts whenever she can squeeze it in and she blogs about it all at Which Name?.