How to make a cute little monkey from a clothespin…

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Left, monkey attachments before drawing. right,
Finished monkey clothespin doll after painting.

This little monkey clothespin doll is interpreted from the image of a chimpanzee. There are many different species of monkeys that young students can study to craft their own versions if they do not wish to copy that species.

Support list:

  • 1 wooden clothespin
  • Single chenille stem
  • Oven clay
  • Acrylic paints: brown, white, black and pale peach
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue

Step by step instructions:

  1. First, unroll the cotton balls to cover the lengths of chenille stem(s) you will need for the arms and tail of the monkey.
  2. Spread a small amount of white school glue along the stem of the chenille and proceed to layer small amounts of the cotton over it while smoothing the cotton down. Rub this covered wire between your palms to give it a nice, even coating.
  3. Take a nail or screw and poke a small hole in either side of the clothespin exactly where it will insert a wire arm wrapped in cotton.
  4. Add some glue between the center groove of the clothespin and stick the tail in place.
  5. Basic nose and mouth sculpted from kiln clay along with a set of ears. (see photo above).
  6. Bake the clay according to the instructions provided on the clay maker. Let it cool and then hot glue these features in place.
  7. Using brown acrylic paint for the arms and tail. Let it dry.
  8. Now draw the facial features of the monkeys. I looked at Monkey on the Internet to see where to put my paint colors.

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