Make a Real Flying Pig

I usually try to feature crafts that I have completed with my students, and this one was a favorite from last week. This small pig is almost magical as it flies in the air. Both boys and girls love making it and it looks great hanging in a child’s room!

You will need:

  • an empty toilet roll
  • pink paint and brushes
  • pink and white paper
  • string and a loose bead or button
  • a hole puncher
  • scissors, markers and strong glue {hot glue works best if an adult is┬ápresent!}

1 Cut an empty toilet roll in half. This will be the pig’s body. Punch a hole in the top of the cylinder and the bottom and roughly the same place. This is where the string will hang later.

2 Paint the outside of the toilet roll pink and let dry. After it dries, you can snip two arms and legs on the bottom side with a scissor. {See first image above}

3 Cut a circle for the back of the pig and a face for the front. Use markers to add details:

4 Cut some wings out and use scissors to snip along the edges to create a ‘feather look’:

5 Cut a piece of string about two feet long and tie a bead to one end. String through your pink pig body so that it can ‘fly’.

6 To finish your flying pig, glue the head, back circle and wings to the pink cylinder. Make sure your sting is in place first! Hot glue works best of this {with an adults help} and enables children to play with or hang their pig instantly!

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.

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