As we all know, Groundhog’s Day is tomorrow, so the kids and I came up with a new twist on an old favourite. The two main differences are incorporating the shadow into the craft, and adding fun three dimensional “grass” to the outside of our groundhog’s hole.
Here is the finished craft.
I started with construction paper, craft dowels, and heavy corrugated coffee cups (all from the dollar store). Total cost for all the materials was $5.00. I decided to make one first, and my girls could use that as an example while doing theirs.
I printed off some groundhog printables, and while I was looking for some green tissue paper in my storage closet, I came across some fake grass, and a lightbulb went “click”.
I coloured the groundhog (after a slight mishaps with a not-so-brown pencil crayon), and cut out a “shadow” in the same shape by tracing it. I glued the shadow to the bottom part of my groundhog.
I then hot glued the grass on the outside of the groundhog’s hole.
After doing this, I noticed that it would have been much better to paint the inside of the cup brown, since the white stood out too much. So, with the grass in place, I painted it. It turned out fine, but would have been much easier to paint it first.
Then, I just taped the dowel to the back of the groundhog, and punched a hole through the bottom of the cup, so my groundhog could pop his head in and out of his hole.
Here he is poking out of the hole. I added a little chalkboard sign to mine with a happy message.
Here is a pic of the shadow. It kind of flops down when he’s poking out all the way. I figured the shadow part would be fun, since the kids could then decide if he sees it or not.
Here are the girls playing with their finished groundhogs. One of them is a groundhog princess. Ou la la!
That’s it for the Sunday blog post. Hope you all enjoy Groundhog’s Day tomorrow, and let’s all cross our fingers for an early spring. Happy Crafting all!
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