STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Cozy Coat-Clad Pastel Bear

Dazzle guests with this wedding cake-like topiary created from a foam cone covered in high-style fondant and gum-paste blossoms. Color options abound so be creative!
   Completion Time - 
2-3 hours
   Designer - 
Debra Quartermain

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls, 1-1/4", two
  • Eggs: 5"; 4"; two 3"
  • Scrap, 5" x 5"
Other Materials
  • Wool roving, 2 oz. each: natural; brown; pink; tan
  • Checked fabric, 3" x 18"
  • Dark brown or black beads, 8mm, two
  • Buttons, 1/2", three

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Round wooden toothpicks, six
  • Scissors
  • Needlefelting tool
  • Soft cloth
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution at alltimes. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle andthe smaller the hole left in project. Follow manufacturer'sinstructions throughout.
  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut one 3"foam egg in half lengthwise for feet; cut sides are soles. Cut4" egg into lengthwise thirds; use two outside pieces forarms. Rub all cut edges with soft cloth to remove stray bitsof foam; wipe work surface.
  • 2. Flatten foam balls against work surface for hands.Remaining 3" egg will become bear's head; 5" egg will becomebody. Place foam pieces on work surface in appropriate order.
  • 3. For head, cover narrow half of egg with tan roving;needlefelt fiber to foam. Cover remaining half of egg withpink roving; needlefelt fiber in place.
  • 4. Refer to photo and use fingers to gently make indentationsfor bear's eyes. Apply a dot of glue to each indentation andpush eye beads into face. Pull very thin strands of brownroving and needlefelt around each eye to create shading.
  • 5. Place small amount of brown roving in nose area andneedlefelt into a small oval. Pull very thin strands of brownroving and needlefelt to face for mouth.
  • 6. For ears, trace and cut out pattern. Place a layer of tanroving on scrap foam. Place a second layer on top in theopposite direction. Gently needlefelt layers together tocreate fabric. Cut two ears from felted fabric. Refer to phototo needlefelt straight edge of each ear to pink part of head,aligning ears behind eyes.
  • 7.For body, cover largest egg with pink roving; needlefeltfiber to foam. Add additional wool as needed for full, fluffylook. Cover rounded side of each arm with pink roving, pullingwool 1/2" over to flat side. Needlefelt fiber to foam.
  • 8. Cover each hand/paw with tan roving; needlefelt fiber tofoam. Cover each foot with brown roving; needlefelt in place.
  • 9. Insert one toothpick halfway into bottom of head and applysmall amount of glue around base of toothpick. Apply glue toopposite end of toothpick and push head down into body.
  • 10. Repeat Step 9 to join feet to bottom of body, arms tosides of body, and paws to ends of arms.
  • 11. Pull three 2"-wide strips of natural roving. Wrap onestrip around head in front of ears; needlefelt slightly alongedges and at back of head. Trim excess. Needlefelt edges ofanother strip down center front of body; trim excess. Repeat for armand leg cuffs; needlefelt pant cuffs to body near back of foot.
  • 12. Cut 1" fringe into both ends of fabric piece for scarf andtie around neck. Glue buttons, evenly spaced, down front of body.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:[removed link][removed link][removed link]