Yesterday, my house was infested with mice! 24 of them, in various shades of green. They were felt of course.
The idea isn’t mine to claim – someone on Martha Stewart’s team gets credit for that. They provide a template for you to cut out – go here for their tutorial.
I was looking for something cute to give to all of Taylor’s classmates at yesterday’s Winter Party. First, given that they were calling it a Winter Party, and that she has a very multicultural classroom, I didn’t want to make something too overtly Christmas. I wasn’t sure that I was allowed to. So these mice, despite being red and green, seemed very non-offensive. Also, I needed to make 24 of whatever I gave, and candy canes and felt don’t cost a lot to replicate that many times.
I actually don’t recommend making these! At least, not in such a large quantity, all by yourself. I had to break it up into three sessions, because it was really tedious to cut all of those tiny shapes out of felt. The tiny eyes and noses were especially frustrating – there were 48 eyes and 24 noses. And no, a hole punch doesn’t work.
But the resulting mice were cute, and my kids are actually playing make-believe with theirs. Hopefully all the other children in her class were happy to find them tucked into their goody bags.
If you do feel brave enough to cut out this many pieces of felt, these would make a great craft for kids to finish up. We weren’t going to have time, so I completed them myself. But since the ears and the candy canes slip through the mouse’s body without glue, kids could assemble those final pieces themselves for a quick craft.
For me, I’m glad that they’re finished!