Thursday, February 26, 2015

Styrofoam Koalas

My nephew Timothy recently returned from his Make-a-Wish trip to Australia. They had a fantastic time. I loved reading the updates, seeing the photos, and hearing all about it. Here's Timothy, holding a koala. 


The real-life koala inspired these styrofoam koalas.


Materials: styrofoam balls, grey paint, grey felt, black felt, googly eyes, scissors, craft glue

Paint the styrofoam balls grey. The easiest way is by pouncing the paint onto the surface of the styrofoam rather than trying to brush it on. I chose to poke a dowel into each ball so that I could paint them in one sitting instead of doing one side and then the other. 


While the paint is drying, cut out grey ears and black noses and mouths. I laid the pieces out to check that I liked the proportions.


Once I was happy with the size of the ears, noses, and mouths, I rounded the inside edge of the ear pieces to match the curve of the styrofoam ball. Here you can see the difference between the rough shape (left) and the one I rounded (right).


Use strong craft glue to attach each of the facial features to the styrofoam ball, saving the ears for last. They will slump under their own weight if you don't hold them in place for a few minutes. After holding them for 2 or 3 minutes, the ears should stick without slumping. Allow them to dry completely without touching them.

When the koalas are dry, you can use them to decorate a favorite framed photo, like I did.


They also make really fun pencil toppers. If you used a dowel while painting them, there is already a perfectly-size hole in the perfect place!

2 comments:

  1. These are sooooooooooo cute!!! I love them!! And loving his photo with the koala!!!!!!!!!

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  2. How fun! What a great picture!! :)

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