Mini Light Bulb MOUSE

And here it is again. The light bulb.


Is it an idea? Is it a light bulb? Is it a light bulb idea??! YES!

Okay, so if you read my last post, you'll recall that at this point in the post, I told you about a tangent I went on, creating another design for the light bulb project. So we'll pick up from there.

I decided to try some other hats, since I was also considering doing a caroler, or a group of them (apparently, a group of 300.) So I grabbed some fleece to make a mini sock hat to experiment with.

These are super easy to do and you can see how to make them in my mini fleece hat tutorial.

I was liking the hat on the flesh-color painted bulb, but I had something else in mind. So I grabbed another bulb.

I grabbed a piece of scrap paper from my recycle pile, cut a couple of circles, and set them on the hat.

Then I set a black pom on the tip of the bulb.

I am definitely seeing a mouse!

So I painted a bulb white and started putting together my prototype.

I used the paper circles as a template and cut two circles from white felt. To form the ears, I added a dot of glue to one edge, then pinched the felt.

I glued the ears to the top of the fleece hat.

I needed eyes, and remembered these that I got on clearance sometime back. They're called wiggle eyes, except they don't "wiggle." They're flat on one side -- and perfect for my design.

I pencil marked a couple of dots for eyes.

White glue is more forgiving, so I went with that for the eyes. You might recall from my last project that the paint comes off with the glue, if you try to make a change later.

I thought these looked VERY much like mouse eyes.


I used a brush and some blush to pink the inside of the ears.


I thought the ears were set too far back on the hat, so I took them off and moved them up just a bit.

Next, I needed a nose. I could have used black...

... but white mice have pink noses. (They also have red eyes, but that creeps me out a bit.)

So I went with pink.

I liked it so far, but it was just a little ho-hum. So I tried adding some chenille stems for arms.

I cut them to length. Now, what to do with the arms?

I tried having him hold a present.

Something wasn't right. Maybe it was the size of the present, the color, maybe the position, but it just didn't work for me.

So I opted to tuck a scarf into the side of his hat. I liked it! Almost looked like it was blowing in a chilly winter wind.

He needed a mouth, so I penciled on the shape and outlined it with a black permanent marker. I also added a touch of blush to his cheeks.

I added a string to the top, using a needle. I might have been able to come up with an alternative method, but it just wasn't needed for this project.

Okay, I was still thinking about his arms. I tried it with the scarf. Not bad, but still not doing it for me.

I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote out a tiny Christmas wish list.

I used a pencil to roll it and shape it so it wasn't just flat.

I held it up for size. A little too big, so I trimmed it down.

Next, I took a toothpick and cut it in half.

On one end, I used black marker to add a pencil tip.

On the other end, I used a pink marker to add an eraser.

I wrapped the chenille stem around the pencil, to make a hand.

Then I mounted the wish list on the other chenille stem.


And that's it! I think he turned out great! I like things that are cheerful and whimsical, and this one fits my bill perfectly.

Thoughts? Ideas? Let me know what you think.

** NOTE: Please vote for me at Michael's handmade holidays contest!!.

If you liked this version of the tutorial, please leave a comment. These posts are quite a bit more work, but I'm willing to do it if it's "what the people want." And while you're at it, click to follow me too, please. I'm feeling rather lonely...

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35 comments:

  1. That is too cute! What a neat idea!!!! :)

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  2. This is ADORABLE. I would have never thought of that. This is a mouse that I can get behind. =)

    Thanks for joining up this week. Hope you have a chance to stop by some of the other great projects at Dare to DIY.

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  3. Wow...I loved following along with your crafting thought processes, and that you showed us every step. I think your wee mouse is simply adorable, and I'm so glad you joined my Mi4M link party :)

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  4. So clever! What a great tutorial too!

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  5. This is so ridiculously cute!! It totally puts my light bulb Rudolphs to shame. Great job.

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  6. So glad I found your blog. You have some very creative ideas! Love the mouse!

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  7. The mouse is adorable. I love the narrative explaining your thought process as well.

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  8. I absolutely adore this ornament! You are uber creative and I am gonna steal this idea for some last minute gifts!!!

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  9. Wow this is fabulous! I'm not sure I would come up with so many ideas for one light bulb! Great job!

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  10. That's pretty darn adorable. Love it!!!

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  11. OH MY GOODNESS!!! That list is just too cute!! You did a fantastic job!

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  12. I am one of those crazy people that love mice anyway and this is just the cutest idea ever! I just HAVE to make some!!!

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  13. wow - all those little details are incredible-esp how you made that tiny pencil!!

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  14. This ornament is too cute too! Where do you get these ideas, you are so creative?

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  15. This project is too cute!! You are so creative!

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  16. I am so amazed at the creativity in Blogworld, I could look at your tutorials for hours! Thank you!

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  17. This is the cutest idea I've ever seen. I love mouses and this one is adorable. It's too late for this years tree, but not for next years. Thank you so much for the idea..

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  18. P.s. I did sign up to follow you..it was a pleasure to do so. I don't want to miss another great idea..:).

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  19. OK, this is absolutely adorable!!!
    ox
    Christina

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  20. I really liked the dove. It was very impressive,but the mouse stole the show. I love mice!!!(not the real ones)I have three different kinds of mice sitting here on my desk. So ,I know I'm going to have to make some of these just to set around the house!! Thank you so much for sharing. I would like to vote for you. Just tell me how and I will. Thanks, Bonnie

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  21. What a great idea. Nicely written tute!
    Kathy

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  22. they are lovely. How many things seem to be unnecessary and can make them something so sweet

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  23. That is very cute, Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us
    Huntington Beach CA

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  24. Hi, I love your mouse. I too create light bulb ornaments. Have a look here at my version of an elf. http://www.flickr.com/photos/undesigningcrafter/3906699551/in/set-72157622330469548

    I am going to give your mouse a try and will post it on my site as well as add this site to my blog list. Thank you for sharing!!

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  25. I love your craft ideas. My children go to a Pre school called the country mouse and we are always looking for mice ideas. Thank you

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  26. Have been looking for a Christmas mouse for years and wahla here it is! Thank you!

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