How to Make a Wire Giraffe

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I have a fun and creative craft for you today.  In this post I’m going to show you how to make a Wire Giraffe using a wire hanger and some crepe paper.  This craft is a great way to use those wire hangers that you have, but no longer use to hang up your clothes.  You will need a little bit of adult supervision for cutting the wire so make sure to have an adult around during this craft.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Wire Giraffe



 

Materials Needed

Cutting and slip joint pliers

Scissors

Wire coat hangers

Raffia or crepe paper

Glue, Paste, or Rubber cement

 

Step 1



Cut the hanger.



(Parental Supervision / Help for younger children) Using cutting pliers cut a wire coat hanger in the following places: (1) at each end of the straight bottom piece (2) one side, at the point where the sides join to form the hook. This cutting results in three pieces of wire.


Step 2



Using piece that has the hook on one end, shape to form the body of giraffe.



Using piece that has the hook on one end, shape to form the body of giraffe.

 

Step 3



Cut longest wire in half and form legs.



Cut longest remaining piece of wire in half.  Each piece is bent in half and placed in the proper place over the body to form the legs.  Make one complete turn of each wire around the body and with pliers squeeze tightly in place.

 

Step 4



Using raffia or narrow strips of crepe paper completely wrap each wire.



Using raffia or narrow strips of crepe paper completely wrap each wire.  Ends of paper or raffia may be secured in place by pasting.



for additional thickness to appropriate portions of the figure, merely wrap with additional layers of raffia or crepe paper



In order to provide for additional thickness to appropriate portions of the figure, merely wrap with additional layers of raffia or crepe paper.

 

Step 5



To make mane wrap with more raffia.



The mane of the giraffe is constructed by using a 24-inch length of raffia or one-quarter inch strip of crepe paper. Paste one end of strip on top of head and form one-inch high loop.



Finishing making mane by wrapping loops.



Using second piece of raffia or one-quarter inch crepe paper strip, wrap loop in place. Continue making loops down neck of giraffe until 24-inch length of raffia or crepe paper is consumed. Eyes can be cut from appropriately colored raffia or crepe paper and glued in place.



Finished Wire Giraffe



Awesome job!!  You just finished your wire giraffe…. didn’t it turn out cute?  Let me know how your wire giraffe turned out for you in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to take a picture too… you can add that to the comment as well.

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