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12/21/2007

Craft Hamster How-To

If you know me in the slightest, you probably know I'm obsessed with hamsters. I make craft hamsters using pom poms, craft foam, fishing line designed for beading, and hot glue. Acrylic fillable ball ornaments make good exercise balls. I've sold them at Comic-Con and a local craft fair.

Hamster!,

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The pom poms for the eyes, nose, and tail are very small and hot glue is, well...hot, so I use tweezers to hold onto and stick those onto the larger hamster body pom pom.

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I cut 3 pieces of fishing line for the whiskers. I glue those to a pink pom pom, which will become the nose. I find this to be the trickiest step.

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I cut ears out of craft foam. I struggle to make them fairly symmetrical.

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After I glue on the ears, I add the nubby tail.

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The hamster is then loaded into a plastic ball and a piece of twine is added, along with a tag and/or ribbon. They can be used as Christmas tree ornaments or simply as a care free pet.

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Oh Hamster Tree

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Optional Santa hat constructed with a triangle shaped piece of red felt folded into a cone and secured with hot glue, a pom pom and a piece of pipe cleaner.

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*Linked on the Craft: blog!

19 comments:

Peeved Michelle said...

I clicked on the tree pic to see it bigger and it is marked private.

justmyrinda said...

super super cute!!! my 4yo is jumping around looking for the pom poms now!

PS-I found you through the CRAFT mag blog

Myrinda

Shayne said...

Just saw you on CRAFT....love the hamsters! They are super cute. I think I'll buy one when I have some extra cash :)

justJENN said...

Darth Hamster.

MyKoko said...

This is so so cute. I would like to try and make one, but where do you get the Acrylic fillable ball ornaments from?

Aggie said...

That is so clever and they are very cute. I bet adults love them as much as kids.
You must have soooooo much patience.

Jodi said...

Thank you for the nice comments and suggestions. Darth Hamster...love it!

@mykoko: You can get the acrylic fillable ball ornaments at Michael's Crafts. I've ordered them for less, in bulk online. Email me if you want more details.

Nanette said...

I got mine in the mail the other day and it's JUST. TOO. CUTE!

Thanks! :)

Brenda Griffith said...

Congrats on the Craft link! You is in the Big Time now! (My subscription to Craft mag is one of the best gifts my spouse ever gave me.)

Heather said...

These are so cute! Do you mind if I post a link in my blog?

Jodi said...

@Heather: No, I don't mind. Link away!

badgerbag said...

I am hot to make one of these mashed up with a bristle bot. Then the hamster would run around in the ball!

Dot said...

This is just too cool! I ran across the pics on flickr and I'll be adding this to my ornament roundup on Dabbled.org. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Those are just to cute!! I love hamsters!!!

Anonymous said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!

Anonymous said...

i love hamsters mine is named gary

Anonymous said...

What size pom poms did you use? Having a hard time finding anything more than 2".

Anonymous said...

This is the sweetest craft and fun to make. Using craft glue dots made it very easy and worked well for the kids. We added pink paper Easter grass and made the little hammies hiding under the bedding. Couldn't find acrylic balls so we used clear plastic hearts that we found at the party store in the wedding area. Added a little ribbon to hang and turned out very cute! Thanks for the idea!

Jodi said...

I'm glad you and your kids enjoyed making the hamsters, Anonymous. Would love to see photos!

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