Forget the rush to buy Zhu Zhu Pets. You can make your own little critters at home using a fun, patterned, adult-sized sock from your collection of strays.
Several adult-sized, stray socks (anklet socks made from a
stretchy material work well)
Uncooked rice or flax seed (about 1 cup for each critter)
Scissors, craft glue
Small, colored pom-poms,
felt sheets, glue-on eyes, string or yarn, small buttons
This project will work best if you use a thin, stretchy sock to
create your critter - dad's old athletic sock isn't going to cut
it. Fill the sock with uncooked rice or flax seeds until it is firm
and oval-shaped. Knot the end of the sock tightly and trim any
excess with scissors.
Pull the fabric taut and shape it into a little pom-pom. Use a
small rubber band to make a "tail." Make sure that this knot is
very secure so that the contents of your pet don't spill out and
make a huge mess.
Glue on two eyes. Use an old button and some glue to create a
nose. Another option is to trim a small piece of felt for the nose
and glue securely.
If you want your pet to have whiskers, trim a few small pieces
of string and attach with craft glue.
Glue on two small pom-poms to make the ears. If you don't have
pom-poms on hand, two felt triangles would also make cute ears. Let
the glue dry completely and check to be sure that the pieces are
Note that this craft project contains small parts that are
potential choking hazards for small children.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.