This absolutely precious little old book hedgehog craft is so much fun! Why decorate with a hedgehog? Because it’s so funny and cute! This project is about folding paper into a shape that looks like a hedgehog. With a few simple accent pieces, an ordinary book suddenly turns into a cute little forest creature you’ll love.
Old book hedgehog craft
We have a lot of animals in our house. While we have two domestic cats, we also have squirrels, rabbits, birds, and a few marmots outside our home that we routinely feed. In the past, I even had a wild hedgehog roaming our neighborhood. They are absolutely adorable little creatures, so a perfect little craft to add to my list of animals and creatures to be replicated on paper.
This is just one of those super fun projects that will make you feel happy. I’m going to show you a few ways you can show this below, but I really love it just because. Why don’t you want a small paper hedgehog to hang on a shelf in your house?
Can I only do this with paper?
While you can only create a similar project on paper, managing it is a little more difficult. The ease of this project is that the paper is already connected on one side. This makes it a simple process to fold pages instead of folding them and then sticking them together one by one.
Ultimately, the best way to use different types of paper to make your hedgehog is to bond the selected paper on one side. Stacking the sides, hot gluing on one edge and curing to curing is a method that could be suitable for this hedgehog craft.
How can I decorate my paper hedgehog?
I love to take the simple books and turn them into something rustic and unique. For this craft, I’ve kept things pretty simple overall. I added a few sheets of paper below, but there are other ways to have fun with the hedgehog and create a new look. As with all my projects here, I strongly recommend using your imagination to get creative with different styles, accents, and embellishments. Below are some fun ways you can make your appearance unique.
- Use different paper colors for the hedgehog tips that you glue in after creating the creature.
- Paint strips on the book pages to look more like a normal hedgehog.
- Add glue along the edges of the folds, then sprinkle glitter for shine.
- Attach a piece of string or ribbon to the top and hang the hedgehog from the ceiling.
How can I display this hedgehog craft?
You may be a little curious about how to use this. What is the purpose of a book that has turned into a small creature? Well, not only does it bring a smile because it’s cute, it can also be a great decoration for a few different things.
I love the idea of adding this to a shelf in a nursery or nursery that is decorated with a forest creature. It really fits this theme and looks adorable on a shelf.
Another way to use this would be as the centerpiece for a baby shower or a children’s birthday party that has an animal motif. Imagine sticking a sign in the middle of the hedgehog to be on top with a name, a birthday greeting or a monogram! How adorable that would be for a special baby shower decoration!
I personally added this to a top shelf in my office on a book shelf. I love to display my favorite books on shelves, and it was a perfect match for my collection of children’s fairy tales and fiction. It only adds to the character of the bookshelf and makes me smile every time I see it sitting there.
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How to make an old book page hedgehog
Remove the cover from an old book. Tear 4-5 pages out of the book and set aside.
Fold the book page diagonally downwards and inwards.
Now fold the rest of the page vertically inwards.
Fold a small corner down at the bottom of the page.
This makes one end longer and more pointed than the other – the longer end is the hedgehog’s face end.
Continue this process until the book is fully folded or until you are satisfied with the size of the hedgehog.
If you only want to use part of the book, just cut off the back excess pages of the book with a craft knife.
Next, take 4-5 loose book pages from a book or colored paper and fold them in half.
Unfold the pages and cut them in half.
Now stack the halves together and cut one end into spines.
Glue half a page of spines up between the folds of the hedgehog with spikes.
Do this as often as you like, but I suggest every 3-4 pages.
Now attach eyes and a nose to the tip of the hedgehog.
If you want to add the sheets at the bottom as shown, cut out small squares or rectangles of the colored paper.
Draw a leaf shape or cut it freehand.
Cut small lines around the edges to make the sheet look more natural with fringes.
Use a marker to draw a few small lines on the leaves to make them look more lifelike.
Glue the leaves to the outside of the hedgehog.
Now you can display your hedgehog on a shelf or as the centerpiece.
If you’re tired of making sharp, even folds, invest in a paper folding tool. These have the shape of a knife, but no sharp edges. I cannot say how practical these are with paper crafts.
Active time 30 minutes
total time 30 minutes
Estimated costs $ 2
Add different colored paper additives to your hedgehog to give more personality.
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