A Menagerie of Monsters! {but they’re cute!}

Happy Sunday folks! Sunday is always “Family Craft Day” during football season. I love that everyone is home and cozy whether we are sitting upstairs by the fire and knitting while watching the Patriots play or hanging out in the studio making messy crafts. We had a day like that yesterday. After soccer in the morning we all came home and chilled out, listened to music and created, my husband was working on a workshop redo and the girls and I made monsters:

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this craft is really easy and a great use for leftover yarn. You will need Styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, felt scraps, gogglie eyes, pom-poms, golf tees (for legs), cardboard or any other leftovers you want to use up! You will need thick and tacky glue or low temp hot glue as well.

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Wrap a Styrofoam ball with yarn. I used hot glue to secure it but you can use thick and tacky glue if the kids want to do this step themselves.
  2. Make a base for it to stand, you can cut feet out of cereal box or stick golf tees in for legs. Use hot glue to stick the ball to the base.
  3. Decorate the monster with felt, pipe cleaners, sequins or whatever! Googlie eyes are a nice touch!

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Variations!

I would love to find a substitute for the Styrofoam balls, they are expensive in price and cost to the environment. I think you could ball up newspaper and tape it for an alternative or make a big pompom (using one of the c shaped pompom makers or cardboard) and decorate that! OR just wind up a ball of yarn and decorate with felt pieces without gluing (they will stick with static) and you can use the yarn again! There are a lot of ways to make a monster! Hey don’t forget today is the last day to sign up on last Monday’s post to win a stamp from Art Neko/About Art Accents. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

16 thoughts on “A Menagerie of Monsters! {but they’re cute!}

  1. These are hilarious. I bet you guys had such a fun time making them. My boy has this obsession with styrofoam balls for some reason. Whenever we go to the craft store he wants them. We’ve made ants and planets and you name it. This will be a fun new use for them.
    Rooting for the Patriots… You must be a noetheasterner, too. My household would, too, if my wife wasn’t so oppositional and having to pick her own teams. Luckily, I’m not so much in to sports so I don’t cart who they root for.

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  2. I was just thinking these would be a fun way to decorate Easter eggs either for the basket or just getting a bunch to use after the holiday when they’re really cheap.

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    1. thanks Chris! Hey I used your envelope making tip and mentioned you on my latest video! It is the minion one:)

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  3. These look like so much fun to use I’ve forwarded your blog to my two daughters with young boys and to one of the boy’s babysitter who does tons of crafty things with her young charges.

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  4. love monsters! ideas to replace styrofoam: balloon with glue/mod podge dried for the base, newspaper/mags reinforced with glue/mod podge for base, clean old worn out socks wound up in a bag, recycled plastic shop bags cut into strips wound in a ball, cheap aluminum foil *($ store) wadded in ball, cleaned moss wrapped in twine shaped into ball, bread/salt dough (hollowed for drying time and weight), (wonder about ‘melting’ peanuts or packing stuff in a mold to re-use) great now my mind is just a goin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Those are hilarious and adorable! What a fun idea! I loved hearing how you and the kids sit around and craft together. That’s wonderful! I loved that time when my kids were younger! Thanks for sharing the fun project and bringing back some sweet memories! ๐Ÿ™‚

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