Many children are fascinated by animals, and monkeys are often a firm favourite. Whether you are hosting a monkey-themed birthday party for your child, or simply want to enjoy some crafting time together, swinging monkey shapes with long, curly arms and tails are ideal to base various crafts on. Stock up on good quality craft supplies such as card stock and craft foam so you will be prepared to swing into action.
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Swinging Monkey Party Invitation
Search online for a swinging monkey illustration you can use. Print it out and glue it onto a piece of card stock with the centre fold marked on it. Position the monkey image in the centre of the front of the card, allowing an arm or tail to tip over to the rear. Use a craft knife to carefully cut around the tail or arm shape (adult supervision is needed). When the card is folded the arm or tail shape should pop up from the centre fold. Glue a piece of white paper to the inside of the card detailing the party information.
Swinging Monkey Mobile
Make a frame for the mobile from a twig. Tie a length of rope to each end of the twig to hang the mobile. Cut plenty of monkey shapes from card stock, adding long, curly arms, legs and tails. Decorate the monkeys by gluing on face and ear shapes cut from different colour cardstock and googly eyes. Use the arms or tails to hang the monkeys from the twig frame, linking them together in long vertical chains.
Pipe Cleaner Monkey Tree
Make small monkeys from pom poms and pipe cleaners. Use a hot glue gun to glue two pom poms together to make the body, sandwiching a length of bumpy pipe cleaner for the legs and regular pipe cleaner for the arms between them. Allow one bumpy section of pipe cleaner for each leg. When the glue is dry, bend the arms and legs into position. Attach a smaller pom for the head. Add a length of regular pipe cleaner for the tail. Finish with googly eyes and tiny pom poms for the ears and nose. For a colourful display, make your monkeys in bright colours and hang them from a twig sprayed with gold or silver paint.
Swinging Monkey Doorhanger
Cut out a monkey shape from brown craft foam with long arms and legs and a curled tail to hang over the doorknob. Add details by cutting out ears and a face shape from light brown foam. Glue on googly eyes. Cut jungle leaf shapes from green craft foam to glue behind the monkey shape. Write your name on the monkey's tummy or add a message such as, "Just monkeying around!"
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