Some youth groups get automatic approval for fund raising efforts that involve recycling. Here’s a cute recycled craft that can be sold at craft shows and bazaars. To make this decoration, you’ll need
- 16 oz. plastic soda bottle
- Craft knife or sharp scissors
- Orange, heavy duty yarn such as bulky yarn or rug yarn
- Black 4-ply yarn
- Quilt batting or polyester stuffing
- Green chenille stems
- Black, pink and green felt
- Wiggle eyes
- All-purpose glue
Begin by cutting the plastic soda bottle into four pieces. Cut along the bottom of the label, along the shoulder where the bottle begins to taper into the neck, and along the bottom of the neck. Discard the bottom of the bottle and the neck. The middle of the bottle will look like a plastic tube, and will be used for the main part of the pumpkin. The shoulder of the bottle will look like a donut, and will be used for the pumpkin’s lid.
Cut a piece of quilt batting that will cover the tube. The more stuffing added, the bigger the pumpkin will be. Tape the end to keep the batting in place while you work.
Make a ball of orange yarn that is small enough to pass through the inside of the tube. Tape the end of the yarn to the inside of the tube. Wrap yarn around the batting, going from top to bottom, through the inside of the tube, and up the outside of the tube. Continue wrapping until the batting is completely covered. Move some of the yarn over, and tape the other end of the yarn to the inside of the tube, then move the yarn back in place.
Do the same type of wrapping to the shoulder of the bottle. Wrap through the hole, around the outside, and back through the hole until the plastic is completely covered.
Make the cat’s head from a pompom that is about four inches wide, or the same size as the opening of the tube. Cut a piece of cardboard to two inches wide and about six inches long. Wrap black yarn around the cardboard until the yarn is four or five layers deep. Cut along one edge of the cardboard to make a pile of four-inch pieces. Tie another piece of yarn around the middle, pulling as tight as possible, to make a pompom. Trim the ends to make a ball shape.
Use all-purpose glue to attach the pompom to one end of the tube. Cut two triangles from black felt and glue them to the pompom for ears. Add wiggle eyes and a nose cut from pink felt.
Cut a piece of cardboard that is half an inch wide. Make two one-inch pompoms for paws. Glue the paws under the kitten’s chin.
Cut an irregular shape that is similar to a Star of David from green felt. Bend a green chenille stem in half to make a narrow U shape. Push both ends through the felt, like a button, and then twist the ends into a coil for a stem. Glue the stem to the pumpkin’s lid, covering the hole. Glue the lid to the back of the kitten’s head. Let dry.