This past weekend, I was so fortunate to be able to head up to Wisconsin for my wonderful friend's baby shower. She's due next month, so I couldn't wait to see her and her beautiful belly. She's having a baby boy, and has decided on having a woodland creatures theme in the baby's room. Although I bought a gift for the shower, I knew I also wanted to do a little something handmade. The week before the shower, my friend and I were swapping baby room decor finds on Etsy, all centering around foxes and raccoons. Finally it hit me - I could make her a felt animal garland!
With a quick 5 minute search, I was able to find an adorable fox graphic and raccoon graphic that I knew had to be my starting point. I did a quick screen shot, zoomed in on each animal, and printed it. The blown-up image then served as a background to trace each animal and its features. I cut out all the pieces from a sheet of paper, which I then used as the pattern for three felt foxes and three felt raccoons. I glued all the pieces together (using Mod Podge, of course!), and once they dried, I glued a strip of jute across the back. I also found that I needed to give their oversized tails a little reinforcement, so a toothpick was glued on the back of the tail to keep it from flopping over.
The garland turned out so cute, I even surprised myself! I'm glad that I decided to use different color felt for each animal, giving them all their own personality. It worked as great decor for the shower, and will be adorable in his nursery.
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