Welcome to our first ten-minute tutorial. In this tutorial we will show you how to make a hedgehog puppet out of an egg box and a few other bits and pieces.
Suitable for (recommended): age 12 to adult (unsupervised use of a craft knife is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18)
You can follow the ten-minute video tutorial below or if you prefer written instructions we’ve included these below the video, along with photographs of each step. Enjoy creating!
Please note: our ten-minute tutorials are thus named because they are ten-minute videos. The actual time it takes to make your hedgehog puppet can vary – including time waiting for the glue to dry properly, it took us two days.
Written and photo instructions
To make your hedgehog puppet you will need:
- an egg box
- a few sheets of newspaper
- PVA glue
- brown paper (parcel paper works well)
- felt-tip pens, paint, or whatever you want to colour the spines with
- an ice lolly stick (for the controller/handle)
- an old paintbrush or an art spatula to apply the PVA glue
- a craft knife (not essential, but makes cutting out the snout easier)
For the size of hedgehog we made, we managed to use just one egg box, but if you make a much bigger one you may need two boxes. Once you’ve used all the sections we point out in the video to make your hedgehog spines, you need to cut any further spines you may need out of the remaining parts of the egg box.
Take a sheet of newspaper and cover one side of it with PVA glue. Scrunch this up into a ball to make the hedgehog’s body. You’ll want to add a few more layers of newspaper and PVA glue on top of this and mould it into more of an oval shape, pinching one end a bit to make a snout shape.
Take your egg box and score round the bottom of one of the two long cone shapes. This is where it helps to have a craft knife to do this, but if you don’t have one you can use the scissors. Make sure you do any cutting or scoring like this on a surface that you aren’t going to damage. I’ve got a board I use for all my craft projects, but if you don’t have anything like this you might want to do this on a clean chopping board or cover your table with several layers of newspaper. Once you’ve cut through the cardboard, pull out the cone – this is going to be your hedgehog’s snout.
Now it’s time to stick your hedgehog’s snout onto its body. Push the cone shape you cut out earlier on to the pointed end of your newspaper body, then add a few more layers of newspaper and PVA glue, overlapping the edge of the cone to hold it in place. Put this aside to dry for a few hours, ideally overnight if you have time. You’ll see that as it dries it turns hard and much more sturdy.
To create the hedgehog’s skin we’re going to use the brown paper. Tear it up into lots of little pieces and stick these onto the newspaper body with the PVA glue. You can either coat the body with glue and stick the pieces of paper on, or put glue on each individual scrap of paper – whichever you prefer. Make sure you cover any gaps where the newspaper shows through, and put this aside to dry.
While you’re waiting for the body to dry you can start making the spines. Take your egg box and cut out each of the six ‘cups’ where the eggs normally sit. Carefully cut the square bottom off (the bit with the circle in the middle). We’re going to use these for ears, eyes and a nose so keep them safe.
Spread out the remaining part of the egg ‘cup’ and cut out the three sides you can see in a petal shape, pointed at both ends. These will be your hedgehog’s spines. You will need some large ones at this size and some smaller ones to go around the head and near the back of your hedgehog.
When you’ve cut out all of these bits of the egg box you should have a handful of hedgehog spines.
Once you’ve used all the egg ‘cup’ parts of the egg box, cut out any remaining spines you need from the lid of the box. You may need to peel off the label first. In the picture you can see that my lid has some writing on the underside. I used this part to make the spines that would go at the back of my hedgehog, around its bottom, sticking down the side with the writing on so you couldn’t see it.
Remember those bits we cut off the bottom of the cups, with the circle in the middle? This is where we’re going to turn two of them into ears. Cut around the edge of the circle, leaving a pointy triangle at one end. This bit will be the tab that we use to stick the ear onto the head. Make sure you cut out two of these (for two ears).
Once your hedgehog’s body is covered in brown paper it’s time to stick on the ears. Fold over the triangle part of each ear, apply some PVA glue to the back of this and stick the triangle just behind the snout, one on each side. Make sure to press down firmly for a few seconds so the glue can do its job.
Now let’s colour in the hedgehog’s spines. Make sure to colour both sides and the edges. I used a brown felt-tip pen but you can use poster paint, crayons, whatever you have. I didn’t think watercolour paints would work very well for this, but if you find that they do, please let me know and share pics of your hedgehog puppet!
Time to start sticking on those spines! Apply a blob of PVA glue to the tip of one of the smaller spines and stick it down on the top of the head, as seen in the picture. Remember to press down firmly for a few seconds so it sticks well. Stick two small spines either side of this one to create the first row.
Continue to stick the spines on in rows, putting a spine in each gap in the row in front (see picture). Use the smaller spines at the front, the larger spines in the middle few rows, and smaller spines again at the back. The PVA glue will harden as it dries, but while it’s still wet take care to not dislodge any of the spines.
To make a nose, colour in one of the remaining circles (like the ones we used for the ears) black, cut the circle out and stick it on to the end of the snout.
Do the same to make eyes but cut them into smaller circles and stick in position as shown in the picture.
Finally, it’s time to add the controller, or handle. Cover one end of the ice lolly stick with PVA glue, carefully turn your hedgehog upside-down and stick the ice lolly stick to the bottom of your hedgehog. This will need some time for the glue to dry and harden before you can play with your puppet. And there you have it! Your egg box hedgehog puppet.
Share your creations and thoughts
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- Facebook: @noseyhedgehog
- Instagram: @noseyhedgehogpuppetry
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