If you’ve seen Toy Story 4, you’ll be aware of new character Forky, made by Bonnie from odds and ends to help ease her first-day-of-kindergarten nerves, and now beloved of children everywhere. You can buy Forky toys, but that seemed counterintuitive considering his providence – I’ve made Forkies with the children in the craft room at our last two school fairs and they have been a massive hit, so I thought I’d share with you here.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
• Wooden forks (like these)
• Self-adhesive googly eyes of various sizes (Baker Ross have a decent pack on offer)
• White air-dry clay (I like Hobbycraft’s)
• Pipe cleaners (these are just the right colour red)
• Wooden lollipop sticks (£1 for 100 at The Works)
• Felt-tip pens
WHAT TO DO:
• First, stick one big and one small eye on to the fork – I’ve found that the eyes stay on better if stuck to the rounded side of the fork. Draw on mouth and eyebrow (or any facial features you fancy – we’ve had rosy cheeks, eyelashes and beards!) with felt tips.
• Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half (this will form Forky’s arms), then cut one half in half again (these two pieces will be his hands). Twist the first half around the fork to form arms, then twist a small piece around each end to make his hands. Stick to Forky’s colour (red) or go crazy and mix colours, one for arms, another for hands.
• Make a small ball of air-drying clay and stick your Forky into it. Cut a lollipop stick in half, get your child to write their name in felt tip on the bottom of one, and stick those into the clay to form feet.
• This is such a great adaptable little craft project. For Christmas, we added mini Santa hats and glittery pipe cleaner arms, which the children loved. You could add mini top hats or bobble hats or crazy wool hair, or cut out paper or fabric outfits and stick on.