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January 31, 2012

Paper Plate Groundhog

In honor of Groundhog Day on Thursday, we made Paper Plate Groundhogs yesterday. Technically I think they could pass for Beavers also, but they all pretty much look the same, right?!  :-)

Materials You Will Need:
Paper Plate
Brown Acrylic Paint
2 Large Wiggly Eyes
Black Marker
Ears, Nose and Teeth pieces (pattern found HERE)
Craft Knife (Used by Parent, obviously!)
6 Toothpicks

We started by painting the bottom of a paper plate with brown acrylic paint.

When the paper plate was completely dry, we started assembling it together. I free handed the ears, nose and teeth for the groundhog and made a pattern you can print off HERE. The nose will need to be on black card stock paper, ears on brown paper and teeth on white paper.

First, attach the black nose in the center of the paper plate. Then, glue on the wiggly eyes. Our wiggly eyes were graciously given to us by and they can be purchased at your local Walmart. Next, glue the ears to the back of the paper plate.

I used a black permanent marker to draw the mouth on the paper plates for my boys. Then I used a craft knife to cute a slit in each side of the mouth for the teeth to go in. Put glue at the top of the teeth and slide them through the slits. Press down on the mouth on top of the teeth to make sure they are securely in place.

Here is a picture of the mouth after I had cut the slits with the craft knife.

After the teeth were in place, the boys used the black marker to draw on eyebrows, make a line in the ears, and add hair between the eyebrows.

The final touch is adding 3 toothpicks on each side of the nose for the whiskers. If you have the flat toothpicks they are better, but since all I had was the round pokey ones, I just cut the ends off so they weren't dangerous for the kids.

He sure is a cute little guy! Let's hope he blesses us with an early Spring on Thursday.  :-)

Happy Crafting!!

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Esther said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute as always!

Tonii said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute Rachel! I have been looking for a groundhog craft... I think I just found it! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amanda Joy {Joy in the Jumble} said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so CUTE! I think I am going to have my kids watch Bambi 2, since it talks about groundhog day, then make these:)

Heather's Heart said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love Groundhog's Day! I am your newest follower! I would love for you to come visit me if you get the chance! =)


"The Kids Place" Home Daycare and Preschool said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing... and what a great craft. We will be doing this project for sure.

Shawna said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these...great job!

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

Mrs. Wheeler said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! Wish I had more time this week!I will pin these for next year!

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

What a creative use of materials - toothpick whiskers? That's genius! I love your groundhogs. Pinning for next year too!

Betsy said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! I've had a hard time finding great groundhog projects, but this is so cute. I love how you put the teeth in! Thanks for sharing!

Sell...Party Of 4 said... Best Blogger Tips

I never know what to do for this holiday, and I think these will be perfect. :)

Didi {Duck Duck Octopus} said... Best Blogger Tips

These little groundhogs just made my day. They are too cute. Thanks for sharing!

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

Lol! I was just thinking yesterday how I want to make a paper plate groundhog with my son- I should have known I could just come over here to see only the most adorable one! Your paper plate crafts are the best!!! Maybe we will have to do a mak instead since there is no way ours would look this stinkin' cute :)

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

*mask* I mean

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

OH MY!!! I love these! Pinning so we can make them tomorrow! have been looking for a new Groundhog craft for us! Thanks! :) Super cute!

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! Pinning this post to my "Groundhogs Day" Pinboard. Gotta love Pinterest!

ourfeministplayschool said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! So doing this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

The Evans Family said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute! I had a different craft planned for tomorrow but I think we will do these instead. Thanks for sharing!!

Britney said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm dying...too cute!

bgorden said... Best Blogger Tips

This is AWESOME!! Waaaaaay cute!! I pinned it because we HAVE to make this too!
Beth (TGIF)

maggy, red ted art said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute cute cute! :-)

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


Mandi said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute!!! We made groundhog shadow puppets. I was laughing that yours kind of look like beavers because mine kind of look like mice or rabbits... ;)

Mandi at BBM

Roopa Shri said... Best Blogger Tips

These are very cute!!

andthatsfamily said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice extra detail with the teeth slits. :-)

[her hubbers]

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Just a quick THANK YOU for linking up last week with Thrifty Thursday, and I hope to see you again this week! This is seriously the cutest darn ground hog I have EVER SEEN! LOVE IT!

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing! I love this little guy :) I've featured your craft over at