Use your old pens to create assorted critters such as pen mice. Such crafts are a way of reusing pens that no longer work and turning them into toys. They are also a way of decorating pens for children in the hopes of getting them excited about writing and education. Create a variety of pen mice including grey and brown "city and country" mice. Sell your pen critters at craft fairs and festivals or put them in favour bags at children's birthday parties.
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Things you need
- Brown or grey yarn
- Hot glue
- Brown or grey craft foam
- Pink craft foam or pink pom
- Googly eyes
- Black marker
- Brown or grey pipe cleaner
Wrap the pen in brown or grey yarn. Tie off and secure with hot glue if necessary.
Cut out pieces of grey or brown craft foam for the mouse face and appendages. Trace a mouse head outline (think Mickey Mouse) onto the craft foam and cut out. Trace arms and legs on the craft foam and cut them out as well.
Decorate the mouse face. Use small pieces of pink pom or craft foam as the pink part of the mouse ears and cut out a small pink craft foam dot for the nose. Glue on googly eyes and draw the whiskers and mouth using black marker.
Glue the head to the top of the pen and glue the appendages on each side of the pen where appropriate. Take a piece of grey or brown pipe cleaner and glue it to the "back" of the pen mouse as the tail. Allow to dry.
Tips and warnings
- Make small mouse figurines out of various-sized pom poms and sit them on top of pens as an alternative pen mouse craft.
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