This cute little mouse Christmas craft is so sweet sleeping in his little walnut cradle. And he looks just perfect hanging in a light filled Christmas tree just like his home is on the pine bough branch. I wouldn’t be surprised if he woke up and walked over to a candy cane for a snack. He looks so real. And if you make more than one of these ornaments, you could have cute sleeping mouse family. Maybe a father mouse would have a larger sized head, and you could sew him a little pointed sleeping hat. A mom mouse would wear a cut calico, lacy bed hat. A cute Santa mouse would be a welcome addition, but I haven’t decided on a Christmas craft design for a Santa mouse as yet.
What you will need:
- A Can of White Play Doh or Salt Dough
- Small Scraps of Fabric
- Heavy Thread, Yarn or Thin pretty Ribbon
- Whole Walnuts, Unshelled
- Cotton Balls
- Fine Line Black Felt Marker
First to start this cute baby mouse Christmas craft, you want to crack a walnut in half lengthwise making sure to keep the two halves intact. Next, you make the mouse’s head by rolling a ball the size of a good size pea from the play doh. And then you roll two smaller balls, flatten them and lightly press on either side of the head to make his ears.
Now, you roll out a half inch piece of play doh and attach the head to this piece making the body. The body will be covered under the blanket so you only need the allusion of a body. And then you place your little mouse in a safe place to dry. Or you could place the mouse in an 250 degree oven for an hour or longer until he is thoroughly dry and let him cool and finish drying for at least a day.
Now, you want to draw a face on your mouse, whiskers, sleeping eyes, nose and a mouth. And you take a piece of cotton ball and shape into a little pillow and place this in the little walnut shell half and secure with glue. And you can also glue the mouse to the cotton. Next, you take a little square of cotton material and tuck it around the cute sleeping mouse all the way up to his little chin and glue again.
Finally, you cut two 8 inch pieces of narrow ribbon or yarn and glue lengthwise underneath the shell making sure the cut ends meet underneath the shell, and then repeat the same procedure but place widthwise. Now you glue the two ribbons evenly at the top and tie with a pretty bow and glue again. Don’t forget a loop so you can hang your mousy friend on a tree bough.