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Caterpillar Wall Character

Decorate your child's bedroom with these colorful painted foam discs arranged to look like a caterpillar!
By  Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.  

17”x36”

materials

  • FloraCraft Make It Fun Foam Discs: 15/16”x57/8”, two; 15/16”x7 7/8”, two; 15/16” x 9 7/8”, two
  • FloraCraft Make It Fun Foam Ball, 2½”
  • White wood letters to spell child’s name, 4”
  • Plush chenille stems, 16: purple, blue, orange, green, red
  • Creatology Jumbo Wiggle Eyes, 10cm, two 

tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Bright Yellow, Kelly Green, Jack-’O-Lantern, Grape Juice, Primary Red, Ultramarine Blue, Snow White 
  • Paintbrush
  • FloraCraft Design It: Wire Cutter
  • Glue gun and glue sticks  

basic supplies

  • Large paper clips, two
  • Ruler 
  • Scissors  
  • Container of water
  • Serrated knife 
  • Paper towels

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Project Instructions

*tips:  Add or subtract discs based on the number of letters in the child’s name. You don’t have to paint the backs of the discs, but paint around the edge and onto the back about ¼” for a nice silhouette against the wall. If letters are colored, paint fronts and edges with several coats of Snow White.

1. Use serrated knife to cut 1½” slice off bottom of foam ball for nose. Paint nose red and let dry. Set discs on table and arrange as shown. Plan colors to use for each disc. Paint fronts, sides and ¼” of the backside for a nice silhouette against the wall; let dry.

2. Set discs back on table and arrange again with discs overlapping as shown. Set a letter onto each one to determine distance needed between discs. Adhere discs at contact points and then adhere letters. 

3. Position eyes and nose on face, keeping features low and at an angle for a cute look. Adhere to hold.

4. For legs, start with the longest one first. Insert one end of stem into bottom edge of foam disc, slide hand along stem to gently curve and then make a bend for the ankle. Pinch to curve the foot as shown. Use the longest leg to determine the lengths of the others, trimming them down with a wire cutter as needed and shaping as you did the first leg.

5. Pinch to coil ends of two chenille stems for antennae. Insert other ends into top of disc edge.

6. To make hanger loop from paper clip, slightly separate curved ends of paper clip 1/4”. On back of second disc, about 2½” down from top, insert shorter, rounded end of paper clip up into disc, creating hanger loop with longer end of paper clip. Repeat with fourth disc so caterpillar hangs straight.