Who loves Eric Carle? Everyone, that's who! I love all of his books, but like most people, my favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, that was the theme for Trevor's 1st birthday party! I had so much fun designing and making the cake way back when. This Very Hungry Caterpillar Pencil would have been such a fun party favor. Too bad I thought of it nine years too late.
The inspiration for this project came from another excellent idea book given to me by Leisure Arts (affiliate link):
The project in the book is the Inch Worm Pencil. I made a few tweaks to the directions to turn it into a Very Hungry Caterpillar Pencil.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Pencil
Materials: pencil, craft foam (green, yellow, purple), red pom pom, scissors, hole punch, hot glue
Begin by cutting the green foam into a long, narrow strip. Mine is around 9" x 1", but it's certainly not exact. Round off the corners, then use the hole punch (I used my Crop-a-Dile) to punch holes. Once again, it's obvious I didn't measure. Close enough! Cut the green scraps to make a roughly gumdrop-shaped nose and two oval inner eyes. Cut two oval outer eyes from yellow, then two antenna from purple.
Thread the green body piece onto the pencil, leaving the writing end free.
Fold the end of the body over and glue it to the top of the pencil. (Skip this step if you want the eraser to be accessible. I used a color pencil without an eraser.) Glue the head in place. Add the eyes, nose and antenna.
I'm really happy with how my caterpillar looks. I might need to make some foam foods for him to enjoy....