Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Isn’t it amazing what you can do with just one shape? If you type “heart animals” into the Pinterest search box, you will get page upon page of adorable animals made only with hearts. This post actually started because I am loving hedgehogs this year, and I couldn’t find any hedgehogs made with hearts. I wanted to see if I could do it, and the result is the adorable little guy on the right. And once I made him, I remembered the Love Bandit I did last year from a Russell Stover candy box. So he had to become a pencil topper too. And then an owl. And then a penguin. And then the baby cried and my creative sesh was over. 

I went back later and created some printable templates for you, so that you too can have adorable heart creatures gracing all of your pencils. These also would make cute finger puppets or fridge magnets, so the patterns are pretty versatile. 

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

All you’ll need for this is glue, foam, scissors, wiggle eyes, and a pen/pencil for tracing. These are easy enough for kids with scissor and gluing skills to do, and would make a good project for a group. If you wanted to gift these, you might consider some of my awesome Valentines puns to go with:

For the raccoon: You stole my heart, Valentine!

For the penguin: You’re the coolest friend/mom/dad/sister/brother/etc!

For the owl: Guess whoooo loves you! or Owl always love you!

For the hedgehog: Sending hedge-hugs and lots of love!

Okay, now that you’re punned out, here’s how we go about making each of them.

Raccoon Pencil Topper, Step-by-Step

Materials

black fun foam

red fun foam

2 small wiggle eyes

glue

printable template

scissors

pipe cleaner and hot glue (opt)

pencil

Instructions

Start by printing out the template and cutting out the raccoon pieces. Trace the templates onto the fun foam and cut them out. You’ll end up with this:

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Sorry for the out-of-focus shot. I didn’t notice until it was too late. Anyway, your next step is to glue the pieces together. I like to start with the two long black mask hearts. I over lap them just slightly in the center of the red base heart. Then, I put the small black hearts into the red hearts and glue them above the mask for ears. The last one is a nose!

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Once everything is placed, I glue the eyes on and set him aside to dry. Do make sure he’s dry before going on to the next step.

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

This pencil topper method is slightly different from the others. With the others, I just cut two slits for the pencil to pass through. When I did that with the raccoon, he looked weird. The pencil cut right through his nose, and I did not like it at all. 

The solution I came up with was to twist a piece of pipe cleaner around the pencil, then slide it off. I hot glued it to the back of the raccoon, then slid the pipe cleaner back onto the pencil.

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

And voila! You have an lovely little raccoon off to steal some hearts!

Penguin Pencil Topper, Step-by-Step

Materials

black fun foam

pink fun foam

white fun foam

2 small wiggle eyes

glue

printable template

scissors

pencil

Instructions

Start by printing out the template and cutting out the penguin pieces. Trace the templates onto the fun foam and cut them out. You’ll end up with this:

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Now, you’ll glue the white heart to the black penguin body. Once it’s dry, you get to cut the holes for the pencil. I usually just fold the foam in half and make a snip towards the bottom and one towards the top. I pushed a pencil through so you could see where the cuts were on this one (they’re hard to see on that black foam!)

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Next, go ahead and glue the wiggle eyes, beak, and feet. Wait for them to dry, then slide your pencil back in and you’re ready to chill out with your new penguin buddy šŸ™‚

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Owl Pencil Topper, Step-by-Step

Materials

orange fun foam

pink fun foam

light pink fun foam

2 small wiggle eyes

glue

printable template

scissors

pencil

Instructions

Start by printing out the template and cutting out the owl pieces. The heart that has a 3 on it makes both the ears and the beak, so make two of those hearts in light pink, and one in orange.Trace the templates onto the fun foam and cut them out. You’ll end up with this:

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Now you get to cut your slits for the pencil to go through. Fold the large pink heart in half and make two snips, one at the bottom, and one near the top. Make sure they’re large enough for the pencil to slide on easily, but not large enough for the owl to slip down too far. 

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Once the snips are done, you get to piece your owl together. I like to place all the pieces first, then glue them to make sure that I get the spacing right. Your largest light pink hearts form the wings. Your small light pink hearts form the ears. The circles go under the wiggle eyes for eyes, and the medium orange hearts are feet. That last little orange heart is for a beak.

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

And there he is! Let him dry, then slide him on a pencil and that’s owl šŸ™‚

Hedgehog Pencil Topper, Step-by-Step

Materials

brown fun foam

light pink fun foam

black fun foam

1 small wiggle eye

glue

printable template

scissors

pencil

Instructions

Start by printing out the template and cutting out the hedgehog pieces. Trace the templates onto the fun foam and cut them out. You’ll end up with this:

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

Now you get to cut your slits for the pencil to go through. Fold the large brown heart in half and make two snips, one at the bottom, and one near the top. Make sure they’re large enough for the pencil to slide on easily, but not large enough for the hedgehog to slip down too far. Also, notice that the hedgehog is oriented sideways, so make sure to turn the heart and make the snips so that the heart will sit sideways on the pencil.

The hedgehog is the easiest since he has so few pieces. The pink heart becomes the face, with the wiggle eye and the nose glued on top. Add the two little feet on the bottom, and your hedgehog is off to give away tons of free hedge-hugs šŸ™‚

Valentines Foam Pencil Toppers | Homan at Home

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