By Caitlin Murray Giles
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.