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Pig Crafts for Children

Craft Activities

Stand up Pig:
Fold a piece of pink construction paper in half and draw a pig shape leaving the fold as the pigs back. Children cut out the pig shape and attach a piece of pink curling ribbon for the tail.


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Supplies:

One 2″ Styrofoam ball
One 1-3/4″ Styrofoam ball
Five 20mm corks
Two 12mm corks
Two 10mm wiggle eyes
Fifteen Fuchsia colored sequins
2″ length pink chenille stem
Aleene’s Paint – Light Fuchsia
Paintbrush
Black permanent marker
Craft glue
Knife
Toothpick

Directions: 
To make body and head: With knife, cut off small section of each Styrofoam ball to create a flattened section for head and body to be glued together. Insert toothpick in center of flattened section of one of balls. Put glue all over this section. Insert other flattened section on toothpick and push together so glue will hold.

Push two 12mm corks on each side of head for ears. Put glue into indentation and re-insert corks.

Push four 20mm corks into Styrofoam body for legs, wide end of cork should be out and at an angle (see photo). Place glue into indentations and re-insert corks.

Cut off about 1/2″ of narrow end of remaining 20mm cork. Insert in center of face for snout. Put glue in indentation and re-insert cork.

Curl chenille stem for tail and insert at back of pig.

Paint entire pig, including corks, Light Fuchsia. If desired, when dry, paint a second coat.

When paint is dry, glue wiggle eyes on each side of snout.

Decorate entire pig by gluing on sequin polka dots. With black marker add two black dots for nostrils.


This Little Piggy Face
Materials Needed:

Old CDs
Felt and/or Construction Paper
Toilet Tissue or Paper Towel Roll
Paint
Yarn
Glue

Instructions:
Cut a 1 – 2 inch tube from the toilet tissue or paper towel roll. Trace around the opening of the roll on paper. Cut out the circle you just traced and glue it on one end of the roll you cut. Paint the roll and end pink. Let dry.
Lay the cd down on pink felt or paper and trace around it. Cut out the circle you just traced and glue it onto the cd. Glue your pink toilet tissue roll in the center of the covered side of the cd. This will be the pig’s snout.

Use the felt or paper, and yarn to cut out the animals facial features. You can cut out ears, nose holes, and eyes using felt or paper. Make a mouth using yarn. Glue these onto the felt covered side of the cd. If you covered your cd with paper, you can also paint on the facial features.


SOUR PIGGY BANK
Save those pennies in a lemon-yellow piggy bank.

MATERIALS:
1. Empty lemon juice container shaped like a lemon with cap.
2. Scissors
3. White glue
4. Two matching buttons
5. Four marbles
6. Scrap of pink felt
7. 3 inches of thin bendable wire
8. Pencil

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. With scissors, cut a slit big enough for change n the middle of any side of a lemon container. The slitted part of the lemon will be the top of the bank. The capped end of the lemon is the piggy’s snout. Glue two buttons for eyes above the snout and four marbles to the bottom of the container for legs.

2. Cut two piggy ears from felt. Glue them to the container above the button eyes. Carefully poke a small hole with the end of your scissors on the tail of the lemon container, the opposite side of the pig’s snout.

3. Curl bendable wire around a pencil. Poke one end of the wire into the hole in the tail of the piggy. Place glue around the hole, sealing the wire in place. Allow all glue to dry. Into the slot go coins galore–fill the lemon up and then make another!

Keep in mind the only way to get your money is to break your piggy!


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Button Pig Pins

Supplies:
Assorted buttons, at least 1″ diameter (for head)
Assorted buttons, and charms, approximately 3/8″ (for nose and ears)
Small wiggle eyes, or half bead eyes
Plastic eye lashes (found in the doll section of you craft store)
Assorted pin backs
Assorted colors grosgrain ribbon, 1/4″ wide (optional)
Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue, or cool melt glue gun (hot glue will melt the eye lashes!)
Tooth picks

Instructions:
1. Select a large button for pig head. Shank buttons will work, but you must cut off the shank.

2. Select button for nose, ant two hole button will work.

3. If using charms for ears, etc., choose them now. If using ribbons, choose colors now. (It is best to keep all the components for each button together, so assembly is easier later.)

4. Begin with largest button. Lay it flat, right side up, on your work surface. Lay out where the other components will be placed to get an idea of what you want your pin to look like.

5. Glue on “nose” button.

6. For eyes, place a small dollop of glue on largest button. Lay 2 – 3 eye lashes in place. Follow with wiggle eye. Press slightly to adhere. Repeat with other eye.

7. For bow tie, glue desired charm at bottom center of largest button, OR tie a bow, or knot in the grosgrain ribbon. This finished bow should be about 1 1/2″ to 2″ across. Glue in place. (You can also tie a knot in the center of the ribbon and pull the threads to fray, as on the red pin, above.)

8. Set aside to dry completely.

9. Once dry, turn over and add ribbon, buttons or charms for ears, and pin back. Let dry. There are a few choices of pin back available. The picture shows the “bar” style. There is also a tie tack style, as well as earring backs. These come in either gold or silver finish. The same steps above are used to make matching earrings. If you desire hanging earrings, you must drill a 1/16″ hole at the center, top of each large button to accommodate a jump ring or ear wire. To make a charm holder, drill holes along the bottom edge of the largest button and add jump rings and charms.


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Pig Mask

Materials:
paper and a printer (colored card-stock works very well)
markers or crayons
scissors
a stapler
elastic – about 1 foot per mask.

Instructions:

  • Color the mask.
  • Cut out the cut it out around the edges and cut out the eye-holes
  • Staple one end of the elastic onto the mask (the places for the staples are marked and are by the eyes).
  • Determine how much elastic it will take to fit on your child’s head. Trim to size.
  • Staple the remaining side of the elastic to the other side of the mask.

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Very simple puppets made from small paper lunch bags.

Supplies needed:
Paper bags
Scraps of construction paper
Glue
Scissors
Markers or crayons
Optional – googly eyes

Instructions:
Cut out ears, eyes, a snout, and feet. Glue them to the pig.
Cut a pink oval to glue on the bottom of the bag for the face.
Cut a small dark pink oval for the snout.
Add two small black circle for the nostrils ( I like to use a hole punch to make the black circles)
Add shape stickers for the eyes, and pink triangles for the ears.
The children can also use pink curling ribbon for a tail.


Piggy Bank

This is an great way to make a really cute piggy bank out of papier-mâché. This is a craft that you can use for a long time.

This project takes a few days because there is a lot of drying time between papier-mâché layers.

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Supplies:

  • One balloon for each piggy bank
  • A lot of old newspaper and/or brown-bag paper
  • a paper egg carton (plastic ones won’t work)
  • Masking tape
  • Flour-water glue (instructions below)
  • Pink paint (tempera works well) and a brush or pink tissue paper
  • One pink pipe cleaner
  • A craft knife
  • Plastic googly eyes (optional)
  • Markers
recipe.gif - 758 Bytes Flour-water Glue for Papier-Mâché: Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water (boiling gives it a nice consistency). Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool.
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  • Blow up a balloon for each piggy bank.
  • Have the child tear a lot of strips of newspaper and/or brown bag paper. Strips should be about 1 inch or less wide; the length doesn’t really matter.
  • Dip each strip of paper in the flour glue and wrap around the balloon. Have at least two to three layers surrounding the balloon. Let it dry (at least overnight) after each layer.Let the papier-mâché balloon dry for a few days. When it is dry, you can pop and remove the balloon from the inside. This will be the body and head of the pig.
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Separate 5 paper egg carton sections (one for each leg and the snout). Use the masking tape to attach them to the oval-shaped body.

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For the tissue paper coating, first tear or cut the tissue paper into small pieces ( a few inches in all directions). Then cover the pig with a very thin layer of the flour-water glue (using your fingers is the easiest way). Next, put the tissue paper pieces on the pig (you may need to add a little more glue occasionally) until you have a nice pink coat for the pig.

Let the pig dry completely (at least overnight).

pggydone.gif - 325 Bytes The tail: Using a sharp crafts knife, make a small hole at the tail end of the pig. Insert a pipe cleaner into the hole, then shape the pipe cleaner into a spiral.

Eyes: Make eyes with a marker or glue on plastic googly eyes.

Nostrils: Make two nostrils on the snout with a marker.

The Money Slot: Along the top of the pig’s body, carefully cut a slot large enough to fit any coin.

 


PIGGY BANK CRAFT 
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  • empty rectangular Kleenex box
  • two toilet paper rolls or four corks
  • pink construction paper or gift wrap (or have your child color/paint a piece of white paper pink)
  • one cotton ball (I always save the cotton from medicine bottles)
  • printer
  • white or pink paper (Preferably heavy paper such as construction paper or cardstock
    If you don’t have heavy paper and wish to make a sturdy pig, you can print the template on regular paper and glue to cardboard before cutting out the template pieces (a good source of cardboard is empty cereal boxes). Keep in mind though, that the cardboard will make it a bit harder to cut out the pieces and glue them together.
  • something to color with (paint, crayons, markers, etc.)
  • scissors
  • glue

OPTIONAL:
glitter or glitter glue
pink felt
pink or white pipe cleaner (for tail)

Instructions:
FEET: If using toilet paper rolls, cut each roll in half so you have four short tubes. May require adult assistance.
Paint the corks pink (or leave them brown) or paint/colour the toilet paper rolls depending on which you are using.
As an alternative, you could also glue pink paper, gift wrap or felt to them.
Set aside to dry.

BODY: Wrap pink paper/gift wrap around Kleenex box.
You need to cover the top and all the sides.
Covering the bottom of the box is optional.
Adults with smaller children can prewrap the box like one would wrap a gift OR you can trace each side of the box onto the pink paper, cut out each traced piece and glue it to the box.
The tracing method doesn’t cover the box quite as neatly, but is easier for 3 year olds than wrapping would be. (Who says crafts have to be neat?)

HEAD: Print out the template of choice. Glue to cardboard if you want to make the template pieces sturdier.
Colour and cut out the template pieces. (Younger children may require assistance with the cutting, especially if you used cardboard.)
Glue the cotton ball to the snout (nose) and to the head. The cotton ball will be between the snout and the head. This makes the snout stick out from the head to give a 3 dimensional effect.
Glue the small triangle to the large triangle to make ears. You can put glitter on the ears or replace the small triangles with triangles of pink felt.
Glue the eyes and ears to the head.

ASSEMBLING THE PIGGY BANK

    • Glue the head to one end of the pig.
    • Tape or glue the feet to the bottom of the pig (I usually use a glue gun for this part, but tape works fine too). If using toilet paper roll feet, you may want to cut ½ inch down 5 or 6 times to make tabs. Fold down the tabs to give you a larger surface for gluing/taping.

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  • Slice the top of the pig open (where the kleenex comes out). This is where you will put the money.

OPTIONAL: Poke a hole in the back end of the pig with a pencil. Make a little ball at the end of the pipe cleaner. Stick the unballed end into the kleenex box (through the hole you just sliced open) and stick it through the hole you poked with the pencil. The balled end should keep it from going all the way through. Finally, twirl the pipe cleaner around the pencil to make a twisty pig tail.
Glue template bow (or make one of scraps of ribbon) to the pig’s head for a girl or under the chin for a boy.

Piggy Bank Template


patchworkpigbank1.jpg - 9699 BytesPatchwork Piggy Bank DescriptionOur Patchwork Pig Bank is made from papier-mâché and some recycled household items. What a fun way to save your spare change! Review Basic Papier-Mache Technique before beginning this craft.

Materials

1 Balloon
Cardboard egg carton
Cardboard tube
Piece of cardstock
Masking tape
Chenille Stem
Newspaper
Tissue Paper
Gesso
Homemade Paste
Acrylic paints
Sealer
Age Group

8 and up by themselves, younger children with supervision

How to Make Patchwork Piggy Bank

Blow up your balloon. The size of your balloon will determine the size of your bank and is your choice. If you have never made papier-mâché, review the instructions in our technique section. Apply two layers of paper to the balloon and allow to dry. Remove the balloon after the first layers are totally dry.

While the first layers are drying, cut four feet from a cardboard egg carton. Use the points that divide the cups and leave as much of the surrounding cup as possible. This is be folded and taped to the pig body. Make all four legs the same size below the fold. Use masking tape to attach the flat fold to the underbelly of the pig body. Set it on a flat surface to make sure he doesn’t wobble.

Use the card stock to make ears. Lightly draw what you think is a good ear shape. Draw a line across the ear at the point you think it should start to fold forward. Now you have to draw down and out. This makes the ears wider at the bottom. Cut a slit up to the horizontal line and overlap the bottom, creasing and urging the ear into a proper shape. Don’t obsess too much. These are fantasy pigs and the ears can look anyway you want them to! Use tape to attach the ears to the head.

Cut a small piece from the end of a paper tube and tape to the head for a snout.

The chenille stem will be the tail. Leave a couple of inches at one end straight and then make exaggerated curls and bends. Keep in mind that this will be covered with papier-mâché making it thicker. The exaggerated curls will become normal when covered. Tear off three pieces of masking tape, about four inches each. In turn wrap each one by placing the middle of the tape at the straight section of the chenille stem and bringing the ends around, crisscrossing at an angle, bringing the ends flat. Stick the end into the hole left by the balloon and press the tape firmly to the body. Do the same with the next two pieces of tape, using different sides to start. This will hold your tail firmly in place until it is covered with paper.

Next cover the body and all the parts you have added with four or five layers of paper, allowing drying between every two layers. The extra layers are needed for strength to hold all the coins you will be saving. For the snout, use small pieces of newspaper soaked in the paste and fill the tube. Once it begins to dry make indentations for the nostrils. Sand lightly and put one final layer of tissue paper for a smooth look. When this is dry, prime with one coat of gesso.

Of course, you can paint your pig in any manner you choose. To make the patchwork design, use a permanent black marker to draw the lines. Just keep building one shape on the next. Paint each shape a different color. Don’t worry about getting paint on the black lines. Once your paint is dry completely, retrace the lines and make horizontal “stitches” along each one. Seal the entire pig. I used decoupage glue as a sealer just because I thought it would give a little more strength to the finished project. Now just start saving!