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Easy DIY Spun Cotton Ball Squirrel

Have you ever just inexplicably fallen in love with a certain simple crafting tool and you’re barely sure why? Well, I’ve been feeling that way lately about spun cotton balls. There are just so many ways you can use and things you can make from their simple shapes and they’re easily found at essentially any craft store. In trying to introduce my kids to my latest favourite tool, I decided to show them how to turn the balls into all kinds of little critters because they’re such animal lovers. The latest animal we made together was a squirrel and I made sure to document all the steps of mine so I can show other parents how easily the project was done because our kids loved it so much.

Spun cotton ball squirrel paint

Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A spun cotton ball (one small sphere, one oval shaped)
  • Pipe cleaner (light and dark brown)
  • Paint (brown and white)
  • Paintbrushes (one small and one medium)
  • A black marker
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Spun cotton ball squirrel materials

Step 2:

Use your larger paintbrush to paint the whole surface of your two spun cotton balls light brown. Set them aside to dry.

Spun cotton ball squirrel prepare

Spun cotton ball squirrel step 3

Step 3:

Once your paint is dried completely, apply hot glue to the top of your oval shaped spun cotton ball at its smaller, more tapered end and stick your smaller sphere down there. The small ball will be your squirrel’s head while the oval is the squirrel’s body.

Spun cotton ball squirrel attach

Spun cotton ball squirrel attach balls