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Wine Cork Crafts: Pocket Pals

Feeling the need to shut off and do something miniature and focused in a quiet little corner this weekend I decided it was high-time to add to our pocket pal toy collection with a few special little animals friends. Our newest wine cork craft characters join an ever talented circus troop, created for Anorak Magazine this time last year – has it really been that long!!!


With just some wine corks, styrofoam balls, glue and paint you too can create some pocket pals to play with at home, or take on holidays with you.

Here’s how they came together…..

Wine Cork Crafts

First (this part is for grown ups) chop a few wine corks in half with a kitchen knife, and cut a slim slice off the styrofoam balls, so you get a straight edge to glue onto the wine cork.


wine-cork-craft1Use a fast drying glue or glue gun to secure the styrofoam balls to the corks.

Using your finger or brush spread some craft glue over the surfaces and paste on a layer of thin white tissue paper or kitchen roll. The reason I do this is that when dry you have a ‘uniform’ paint-friendly surface to create with, and also it binds the cork with the ball seamlessly.


Leave overnight to dry.

Now it’s time to have fun decorating
… and see your characters come to life

First decide what animals you want to make and with very light pencil draw on a few features to guide you when painting on your body colors.

Use black paint, or black Sharpie marker to add the detail and features


For the fluffy little lamb I brushed some glue on to the top of the head and around the body and dipped and rolled in little bits of wool that I had trimmed off some pom poms recently (I never throw anything out!!)


For the ears and tail on the fox, eyes for the frog, the lamb’s ears and owl’s face I cut little shapes out of a sheet of white craft foam, glued them on with the glue gun and painted.

For the bee’s antennae and frogs arms I just wrapped some black embroidery thread around little pieces of wire (a stretched out paper clip will work perfectly).

and voila!! you have the cutest pocket pals for getting into all sorts of mischief at home and in the car.

let your imagination take flight….

Michelle xx





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crafts by Michelle McInerney of MollyMoo-

More Wine Cork Crafts >>
check out my Pocket Pals Set #1 – Pocket Circus craft tutorial



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