mounted squirrel

In my daughter Maja's room there is a hole in the wall where an outlet once was for our TV.  The hole has been bothering me for some time and I have wanted to cover it up.  I decided to cover it with a "fake"mounded animal head.  The mounted squirrel is an inexpensive and fun project.  Most of what I used to make it were items that I already had in my home.

If you would like to make one too here's what you'll need:

* a saw tooth hanger (any hanger will work)

* a wooden plaque (you can find them at Michaels, Joanne's and Hobby Lobby)

* primer, paint and a paint brush


* masking tape

* fabric mod podge

* hot glue gun and glue

* fabric or paper for covering the squirrel

* small pieces of cream, black and brown felt

1.  Nail the hanger onto the back of the plaque.  Paint the plaque in any color, I chose gray.

2.  Sculpt and bunch the newspaper into a squirrel body, a head, and a tail (you'll want to use photographs to get the anatomy right).  Use the masking tape to attach the head to the body and cover it all in tape.  Cover the tail in masking tape as well.

3.  Cut the fabric into small triangular strips.  Mod podge the fabric onto the squirrel body and tail.

4.  Cut the cream felt into an oval shape for the stomach, two triangles for the ears and half circles for the paws.  Cut the eyes out of the black felt and the nose out of the brown felt.  Glue everything on with mod podge.  Hot glue the tail onto the body and then hot glue the squirrel onto the wooden plaque.  You're done!

Mr. Squirrely (that's what we named him) covers the outlet perfectly and adds a nice pop of color to the wall.  Maja thinks he's pretty special too.  When she sees him she points to him and says "oh!"