Monday, November 16, 2009

Paper Roll Squirrel

A few weeks ago I had to come up with a craft for my son's Beaver's troop fast. They were discussing squirrels and it had to involve a nut.

As with most Beaver crafts it had to be fast and doable for boys aged 5 to 7. These turned out to be such a hit I thought I'd post it.

I know I promised the project with the Halloween candy boxes and it's almost ready...I put a sneak peek at the end of this post so stayed tuned.

Materials Required:


paper rolls

1/2 a piece of paper towel

2 googly eyes

1 small pom pom

some felt

squirrel leg template

fun fur scraps

acorn cap


Take the paper roll and cut it down to a 3 inch length.

Take the 1/2 of paper towel and stuff it into the roll.

You could paint the paper roll if you want but we left ours natural.

Make sure it is even with the top of the roll and put some glue on top.

Place the walnut on top of the glue. make sure the walnut is on it's side so you have the seam of the nut running down the middle of the head...this will also give you a pointy end for your nose.

Glue on your eyes and the nose.

With some scraps of felt cut out 2 ears and glue into place.

We painted our acorn cap so our squirrel had a fancy hat but you can leave it natural. Glue into place on top of head.

Using the leg template cut out 2 legs. We used brown paper but you could also cut these from felt.

Glue into place.

Cut your fun fur into a 2 inch strip about 1/2 an inch wide.

Glue into place.

Take some felt and cut two strips. Round the edges on one end. Glue into place for arms.

And that's it. Pretty simple but the boys had a great time and I received lots of positive comments from the parents.

My son added a felt piece for the belly of his squirrel who is now proudly called "Nutty".

Jenny from Plant City, Florida sent me this photo of the Fall Trees her 4th Graders did. They added a Fall Poem and have been getting wonderful compliments on their display.
I decided to add an Art Project Gallery component to this blog . If you send me a photo of your work using the lessons on this blog I'll put it in the gallery. Just email on my profile at the top to direct you to my email.
Thanks Jenny..they look terrific!!

Here is a sneak peek of the upcoming project.

We'll see you next time.


  1. Just love what you are doing. thanks for sharing!

  2. I am afraid if I made these adorable, brilliant little guys, my hubby would use them as... well I won't say. But trust me they wouldn't be safe!

    Can not wait to see the upcoming project post - Advent - right?

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  4. LOVE THIS! I linked your tutorial to my blog:

  5. These are absolutely DARLING! I just love them!

  6. These are sooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. My son will love this project. Gail - I love the projects you come up with! You are so gifted! I wish I had an imagination like yours! Thank you sooo much!!!

  9. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your squirrels! You can see them here:

    Thanks for another great project idea!