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Wildlife Preserve How-To

What you'll need

  • Magazines, catalogs, newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Rabbit, cat, and zebra masks (available from CostumeCraze.com)
  • Mod Podge
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Cardboard
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Twine
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Six 3 cm black felt beads (available from TadaaStudio.com)

For the rabbit

  • Hole punch
  • 1 colored brad
  • Stiff thread

For the cat

  • Tacky glue
  • Stiff thread

For the zebra

  • One 2-inch book ring

Instructions: Cut like-colored shapes, about 2 inches square, from magazines, newspapers, and catalogs. (Stripes like the zebra's will require two different colors.) Using a foam brush, coat each mask with a thin layer of Mod Podge; lay your paper on top of it, then cover the paper with another layer of Mod Podge. Press the paper in and around the contours of the masks. Cut cardboard to mimic the shapes of trophy mounting panels, paint them white, and let them dry. Hot-glue twine to the backs for hanging.

For the rabbit: To make the flower, cut four 1-inch-wide vertical strips from a magazine. Punch a hole at either end of each strip, and one in the middle. Insert the brad into the center of all of the strips, then make loops by slipping the holes at the ends of the strips over the brad. Fold back the arms of the brad and hot-glue it to the base of the rabbit's ear. To make the rabbit's whiskers, cut six 3-inch-long pieces of thread and glue to the rabbit's nose. Glue a felt bead into each eye socket.

For the cat: To make the bow tie, accordion fold a black magazine page. The folds should be ½ to ¾ inch wide. Cut a small piece from another magazine page, about ½ inch by 1 inch. Gather the folded paper together in the middle and glue the small piece around it. Glue the bow tie under the cat's chin. To make the cat's whiskers, cut six 3-inch-long pieces of thread and glue three to either side of the cat's nose. Glue a felt bead into each eye socket.

For the zebra: To make the earring, Mod Podge pieces of gold-colored magazine paper around the open book ring. Let the paper dry and then squeeze the ring closed around the zebra's ear. You can use a hole punch to "pierce" his ear, but, depending on the shape of your mask's ear, it may not be necessary. Glue a felt bead into each eye socket.

Available at Amazon. Excerpted from Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Alexandra Grablewski.

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