Advice from a Caterpillar, a Mad Hatter Craft

The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.

`Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, `I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’

Here’s the cute craft I’m making for a Mat Hatter Party favor. It’s simple to make just follow these steps.

Using air dry clay form a ball. Then press your thumb into the clay to form the top of a toadstool. Make a snake like piece for the stem. Then make a series of balls to form a caterpillar. For the head of the caterpillar I pinched two antennae  and then pulled it to make the antenna skinny. Add the caterpillar onto the toadstool and allow to dry overnight. After the clay is dry to the touch, take the caterpillar off. You can now paint both the toadstool and the caterpillar.  Affix a toothpick to the bottom of the toadstool before the clay is completely dry. After it is dry you can add it to a terrarium or fill a tea cup with soil, rocks, moss and then add your toadstool on top. Tie the handle with a ribbon and tah-dah, you’ve made a very cool party favor.  If you add a name tag to the handle, this would also be a clever place card for the table.

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