This was SO easy to do! The base for the neck is a tube from newsprint or architect paper. I made a base for the head from thin card and stuck the felt over the top. If I were to make any other animals in future, I'd use the card (or paper) as a pattern for the felt and stitch up the head with my sewing machine (or by hand). Anyway, it did the job nicely and just stood through torrential rain!
Here's what I did:
|Cut the felt and use PVA to glue it on to the cardboard tube. If you want to sew on your giraffe spots (instead of gluing) then do this before you glue this piece and stick on the tube. I just glued mine, but they're not the best in wet weather.|
|Use paper clips to hold it on at the top while it dries and you do the next step.|
|Use a running stitch right through both sides of the light brown felt and dark brown felt, to hold it all together (glue won't be enough).|
|Cut the mane (if you have more than one length of felt for the mane, like I did, ensure you line up the incisions for the mane).|
|Cut out dark brown felt spots for the neck and stick on with PVA (unless you've sewn them on already).|
|Because I had no time to sew, I used PVA to glue across the top of all edges (it dries clear). I cut out 2 eyes and added 2 nostrils.|
|I filled it with newspaper once it was dry and cut a little out of the bottom of the head so it would sit flatter against the pole (neck).|
|I punched holes in the head (as shown) with scissors, and got matching ribbon I wanted to recycle to attach to the scooter securely.|
|Secured at top AND sides.|
|Don't forget to draw a mouth!|
This was a real hit, you should've seen my daughter's face!