Cute DIY Cotton Swab Lamb Spring Craft

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Cute DIY Cotton Swab Lamb Spring Craft

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Make a sheep or lamb mask as a lovely Spring, Easter, farmyard or nativity craft activity for kids. It’s also a fun craft to go along with the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb.

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With last week being JJ’s first week of school, it was also my toddler Bee’s first week of one-on-one time at home. And how did we spend it?

By making sheep masks of course! Or more specifically ewe and lamb masks, because… adorable!

The problem is that I can’t decide which photo is the cutest. This one?

Or this one?

No, no, I’ve got it. It has to be this one.


To make them, I cut the inner circle two paper plates – a dinner size plate for the ewe mask, and a snack size plate for the lamb mask. I put out some paste and cotton wool balls, and asked my 2 year & 4 month old toddler Bee to stick them on.

Bee chattered as she went. “Dip, dip, dip, stick. Now Mummy’s turn. Now turn me. Dip, dip, dip in glue, and stick on mask. This Mummy sheep mask. That baby sheep mask. Dip, dip, dip….” and so on, in that endless way that only toddlers can.

Bee really got into this craft actually. She was very heavy handed with her dipping, so that a LOT of glue ended up on the paper plate. And she kept wanting to stick more and more cotton wool balls on, so we ended up with very, very woolly sheep!

It took a couple of days for all that glue to dry. This above photo was taken about 12 hours or so after we’d finished gluing. I think turning the masks over this helped to quicken the process by allowing more airflow. (If you don’t have a few days to wait, you might be better off making these yarn wrapped woolly sheep instead).

Once they were dry, I cut out some ears (from the middle part of paper plates) and glued them onto the back. Because our masks were so heavy due to being chock-a-block full of cotton balls, I also stuck some harder cardboard to the back to stiffen it a little bit. (I imagine you wouldn’t need to do this is you were a bit more conservative with your cotton wool and glue usage though.)

And then have your toddler hold them up and say “Baaa”!

Sheep crafts this can also be used to celebrate Easter, Christmas or even as a lovely Spring activity for kids. And they’re perfect for singing along to Mary Had a Lamb or Little Bo Peep.

And of course, once they are made, you can then play with them! DIY dress-ups! Actually that’s why we made two – so that the girls can role play being a mother ewe and baby lamb for a bit of imaginative farmyard animal play. (We already have a set of DIY zoo animal masks, and I have a funny feeling that I may be coaxed into making a few other animal ones as well…)

We made our sheep masks around the time of Chinese New Year (for the Year of the Sheep), but you could also make them for Spring or Christmas nativity, or any time of year really!

For more arty crafty ideas, we have lots more on our Art & Craft for Kids page, including:

I also collect lots more fun ideas on my Cool Kids Craft Ideas and Animal Crafts for Kids boards on Pinterest.

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xx Danya

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Cute DIY Cotton Swab Lamb Spring Craft

Cute DIY Cotton Swab Lamb Spring Craft

This adorable cotton swab lamb is a perfect kids craft for spring. I usually see these around Easter, but they are truly great fun and easy craft any time of year. Simple supplies you already have on hand easily turn into a fun little lamb decoration in minutes!

Cotton Swab Lamb Spring Craft

This really takes me back to my childhood. I loved when the teachers at school would bring out the craft supplies. A simple piece of paper, glue, and some cotton swabs suddenly become an adorable little lamb.

Who could have imagined that what normally resides in your bathroom cabinet can easily turn into a beautiful little kids craft for Easter?

If you are looking for more Easter decorations, here is a great list of Easter crafts for kids and toddlers. Another fun and easy option is this rice filled sock Easter bunny decoration. Super fun to make and always a hit with the kids.

Can I Make the Lamb Different Colors?

I recently discovered that you can sometimes find cotton swabs in pink and blue. How cool would it be to use those instead of the classic white ones to create a cute little lamb?

In answer to the question, you can easily use different colored cotton swabs if you find them. Other options are to dip each cotton swap in paint then let them dry before gluing onto the paper.

Most lambs are white, but kids use their imaginations for everything, why not change up the colors of a project this?

Will This Stand Up On Its Own?

This really depends upon the clothespins you have for the project. Some have flat shapes that are easy to stand up and stay sturdy. Others are more rounded or uneven, so those wouldn’t stand up easily on their own.

If you want your cotton swab lamb to stand up instead of lying flat, you can prop it against something or add extra support on the backside with a craft stick.

Supplies Needed

  • White craft paper
  • Multiple cotton swabs
  • Clothespins
  • Pink ribbon
  • Black marker
  • Ink pen
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

How to Make a Cotton Swab Lamb

Draw a large oval and a smaller circle on the white paper then cut them out and set aside.

Cut your cotton swabs in half (start with 10-15 and cut more if needed later).

Begin gluing the cotton swabs onto the large oval using craft glue or hot glue and placing them close to each other to appear “fur” on a lamb.

Once the entire body has been covered in cotton swabs, you will draw a face on the smaller circle and add a few more cotton swab tops around the top and sides of the face as shown.

Glue the face piece onto the body of the lamb along with the pink ribbon tied into a bow.

Next, you will glue the paper lamb onto the two clothespins.

Display or use as desired.

More Fun Spring Crafts for Kids

I love having fun with the kids crafting, and when spring hits there are tons of amazing ideas for keeping them busy creating. This colorful spring butterfly craft is one of my favorites.

It’s ideal for getting kids to create their own patterns, and work on cutting skills. If you prefer to get your kids outside when the sun starts shining, you’ll love this list of garden crafts for kids. Some can be made indoors, but all are perfect for your garden.

Speaking of the garden, these painted rock garden markers are great for kids to help you make. Every kid I know loves to get their hands dirty in a little bit of paint.

And if the little ones are tired of playing outside, use this Easter printable matching game to keep them busy instead.

Printable Step by Step Tutorial:

Active Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Difficulty Easy

Estimated Cost $1

  • White craft paper
  • Multiple cotton swabs
  • 2 Clothespins per lamb
  • Pink ribbon
  • Black marker
  • Ink pen
  1. Draw and cut white paper a large oval and smaller circle then set them aside;
  2. Next, you will cut your cotton swabs in half and set aside (start with 15 and cut more as needed);
  3. Glue the cotton swabs onto the oval keeping them close to each other;
  4. When all of the lamb body is covered, you will then add a few more cotton swab pieces to the small circle and draw a face on it;
  5. Glue the face and small ribbon bow onto the body of the lamb;
  6. Next, glue the lamb onto 2 clothespins;
  7. Once dry, display as desired.

Have your child write their name and the date on the back to preserve when they were made then bring them out year after year to decorate.


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