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Pompom Baby Turtle So... you think you're ready to graduate on to two colour pompoms, eh? green wools are good, but any two vibrant earthy colours will do. To make one turtle you will need about a quarter of a ball split in to two colours. Although the pompom part is very easy, you should cut out the various parts, make the

SKILL LEVEL

6yrs + (quite easy)

EQUIPMENT

GLUE GUN, MARKER, CRAFT , KITCHEN SCISSORS, INKJET PRINTER (templates)

TIME

40 mins

INSTRUCTIONS

BUT DON’T LET IT SWIM

body/head part, and prepare the wool in to lengths for younger children, but your kids will love making this and playing with it, because you made it together. Remember a glue gun is very hot and children should not use it unsupervised as the hot melted glue can cause nasty burns.

Junk used to make this model: wool, cardboard, flat piece of a detergent container bottle, 2 x flip top bottle caps 1. PRINT OUT THE TEMPLATE SHEET

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2. GLUE THE DISC GUIDES TO A THIN PIECE OF CARD AND CUT OUT THE TWO DISCS 3. PREPARE THE WOOL BY DOUBLING IT UP SO THAT YOU HAVE PIECES ABOUT 2m LONG IN BUNDLES OF ABOUT 6 TO 10 STRANDS, DEPENDING ON HOW THICK THE WOOL IS. YOU MAY NEED 4 OR 5 SUCH BUNDLES 4. PASS THE WOOL THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DISC REPEATEDLY SO THAT YOU WIND IT ROUND THE DISC. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FIRST BUNDLE COVERS THE ENTIRE DISC. 5. WHEN ONE BUNDLE IS FINISHED MAKE THE NEXT BUNDLE UP FROM A DIFFERENT COLOUR AND PASS THAT THROUGH THE DISC HOLE UNTIL THE FIRST COLOUR IS COVERED UP, THEN CHANGE COLOUR BACK AGAIN TO THE ORIGINAL. REPEAT UNTIL YOU CAN’T PASS ANY MORE WOOL THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE. 7. USING STRONG SCISSORS, PUSH ONE BLADE OF THE SCISSORS INTO THE WOOL AND BETWEEN THE TWO CARD DISCS AND CUT THE WOOL ROUND THE RIM 8. PASS SEVERAL SHORT STRANDS OF THE WOOL BETWEEN THE DISCS AND TIE TIGHTLY ROUND THE BUNDLE AND CUT OFF BELOW THE ENDS OF THE POMPOM 9. MAKE THE BODY AND HEAD FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE TURTLE TEMPLATE SHEET. THEN PUSH ONLY ONE OF THE DISCS OFF THE BUNDLE AND SLIDE THE BODY IN TO THE MIDDLE OF THE POMPOM OVER THE REMAINING DISC. WHEN THE BODY IS IN PLACE, REMOVE THE OTHER DISC. TRIM THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE POMPOM TO MAKE IT FLATTER. 8. IF YOU WANT TO HANG YOUR TURTLE UP, GLUE GUN A LOOP OF COTTON THREAD AT THE TOP OF THE POMPOM DEEP INSIDE THE WOOL, SO THAT IT HANGS HORIZONTALLY AND DANGLE WHEREVER YOU WANT

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DADCANDO.com POMPOM TURTLE TEMPLATE SHEET 1. PRINT OUT THIS SHEET

BODY: UPPER

2. ROUGHLY CUT OUT THE BODY, TOP AND BOTTOM AND THE DISC TEMPLATES 3. GLUE THE DISCS, AND ONLY BODY UPPER TO A PIECE OF STIFF CARD OR IDEALLY SHEET OF PLASTIC (e.g. THE FLAT SIDE DETERGENT CONTAINER BOTTLE) 4. USING STRONG SCISSORS OR A CRAFT KNIFE, CAREFULLY CUT OUT THE DISCS AND BODY UPPER THAT ARE STUCK TO THE CARD OR PLASTIC SHEET

BODY: LOWER

DISC TEMPLATES

5. HOLDING THE CUT OUT BODY UPPER UP TO THE LIGHT AND POSITION THE BODY LOWER ON THE BACK SO THAT THE CUT OUT SHAPE IS ALIGNED WITH THE PRINTED PATTERN OF BODY UPPER AND GLUE INTO PLACE. CUT ROUND TO REMOVE THE WASTE PAPER SO THAT BOTH SIDES ARE COLOURED 6. GLUE A COUPLE OF LOW PROFILE FLIP TOP CAPS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AND THEN TO THE HEAD AREA. 7. USE AN OFFICE HOLE PUNCH TO CUT TWO EYES FROM SOME WHITE PAPER OR PLASTIC FROM THE SIDE OF A DETERGENT BOTTLE AND GLUE IN PLACE

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