Pooh's Letter Ladder Wall Hanging
When Pooh and his friends find themselves trapped in a hole they devise a creative way to climb out -- by building a ladder with oversized letters. Craft this adorable, personalized name banner depicting Pooh and his friend Piglet climbing their way out of a sticky situation.
- Printable Pooh & Piglet templates
- Printable alphabet template*
- White felt -- 8.5 inches wide and 2-3 feet long (will depend on the length of your child's name)
- Decorative brads -- 3 yellow, 4 red (found at craft stores)
- Stiffened felt -- 9 x 12-inch pieces in black, light pink, dark pink, dark red, bright red, and golden yellow
- Ruler or tape measure
- Black marker
- Fabric or tacky glue
- Hot glue
- Ric-rac or ribbon, for trim
- Thumbtacks, for hanging on the wall
* To avoid printing the entire alphabet template, only print the pages you need. Click File > Print. Under "Print Range" select "Pages," and enter the page numbers you want to print separated by commas. For example, if you wanted create a banner for "Bob," you would enter "3, 30, 4."Instructions:
1. First, use the alphabet template to print the letters that spell your child's name. Trace the letters onto stiffened black felt and cut them out. You should be able to fit 2 - 3 letters on each piece of felt.
2. Lay the letters vertically on a flat surface, creating a staircase or ladder with the letters. The bottom edge of each letter should touch the top corner of the letter that follows it.
3. Once the letters are laid out, measure the length from bottom to top using your ruler or tape measure. Add 5 inches to your final measurement. This will determine the length of your white felt banner. Measure the white felt and cut it to the desired length. Set aside the letters and the white felt.
To Make Pooh:
4. Now, print the Pooh and Piglet character templates.
5. Cut out the Pooh template pieces and trace each piece onto the colored felt specified. (Pooh will have a yellow body, and his shirt pieces will be bright red.)
6. Lay the Pooh pieces out in front of you. Use fabric glue to secure his shirt to his body, and his sleeve to his arm. Let dry.
7. You will need 3 yellow brads and one red brad to put Pooh together. Place one of Pooh's legs on his lower torso, with the round end on top of his body. Use scissors to make a small snip in the leg and torso, then push a yellow brad through. Fold the ends of the brad outward to secure.
8. Place Pooh's other leg on the other side of his torso, with his body overlapping the rounded end of the leg. Make a small snip in his body and leg so that you can push a yellow brad through, then secure.
9. Finally, attach Pooh's arm with the rounded end underneath his upper torso. Use scissors to make a small snip though his shirt and arm. Use a red brad to secure.
10. Pooh will hang from the last letter in your child's name. Use a yellow brad to connect Pooh's hand to the corner of the last letter.
To Make Piglet:
11. Cut out the Piglet template pieces and trace each piece onto the colored felt specified. (Piglet will have a light pink body, a dark red shirt, and dark pink ears and snout.
12. Lay the Piglet pieces in front of you. Use fabric glue to attach Piglet's ears to his head, and his shirt to his body. Let dry.
13. To attach Piglet's legs, place one leg underneath Piglet's body, and the other on top of his body. Using scissors, make a small slit in each piece of felt and push the red brad through all three pieces; fold the brad outward to secure.
14. Use the same method to attach Piglet's arms -- sandwich his body between each arm, push a red brad through, and secure by folding the brad outward.
15. Piglet will lie on top of the first letter of your child's name. Push a red brad through Piglet's torso and through the top of the first letter.
16. Glue on Piglet's pink snout, then use a marker to draw Pooh and Piglet's facial features. You can use the last page of the Pooh & Piglet character templates as a guide.
17. Now, use hot glue to attach the letters to the white felt banner. Be sure that Pooh hangs from the bottom of the banner.
18. Glue the center of Piglet's torso to the banner -- not his arms and legs. The brads will allow you to pose his arms and legs.
19. Glue ric-rac or ribbon to the edges of the banner for decoration.
20. Hang the banner on your child's wall or door using thumbtacks.