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Teasel Hedgehogs

Wild Teasels (Dipsacus fullonum) are a wild flowering plant, characterised by their extremely prickly stems and leaves, and their wonderful seed heads. Also known as fuller's teasels, the seed heads were historically used in the textile industry as a natural comb for raising the nap on woven wool cloth - you can see an example of a teasel frame here at Knockando Woolmill Trust.

 

Learn how to make a Hedgehog out of a teasel seed head in our super easy tutorial.

Since we have a talent for growing wild plants in our garden we are blessed with a large patch of teasels - they always put me in mind of the Beatrix Potter Books, so we decided to make some of ours into little hedgehogs.

 

Learn how to make a Hedgehog out of a teasel seed head in our super easy tutorial.

To make a teasel hedgehog couldn't be easier.

 

Making a teasel hedgehog - trim the stem

We took a teasel, trimmed off the stalk leaving just a little stub for the snout, and used a pair of scissors to trim around the snout to give the impression of a little face. Although the seed heads themselves are not prickly, the stems are so we suggest you wear gloves for this stage.

 

Learn how to make a Hedgehog out of a teasel seed head in our super easy tutorial.

We also trimmed one side so our teasels would sit flat. (you can just see where we trimmed in the photo above).

 

Learn how to make a Hedgehog out of a teasel seed head in our super easy tutorial.

We coloured round-headed pins black with a sharpie, and used these for the eyes and nose.

 

Learn how to make a Hedgehog out of a teasel seed head in our super easy tutorial.

These little hedgehogs only take minutes to make, but we think they are super-cute, and make a lovely autumn craft.

 

Learn how to make a Hedgehog out of a teasel seed head in our super easy tutorial.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Stockley

    These are so cute, I always see teasel about when we are out walking! Sarah

    September 30, 2016 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These little hedgehogs are adorable, and would be so easy to make. I use to have a hedgehog named Lucy. She was a cutie but not very friendly. When I would pick her up she would roll into a ball and start trying to stick me with her quills. I ended up giving her to a friend that had a male one.
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    September 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They look such sweet animals, but I guess the spines are a clue to them wanting to be left alone. So pleased you like our ones Linda 🙂

      September 20, 2016 at 2:36 pm
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