Gives these "eyes" a stylish look. These decorations will look perfect wherever you perch them.
Spool Monsters
Credit: Tara Donne

What You'll Need

Ping-Pong balls

Blue and green highlighters

Black marker


Tacky glue (or hot glue)

Chenille stems

Wooden spools (available at

Wooden beads


Thimbles or bottle caps



Make It


  1. Color the iris onto the Ping-Pong ball with highlighter; add a pupil with a black marker. Blow on ink to dry, them add a dot of Wite-Out to pupil. Glue eyeball to top of spool.
  2. 2. Wrap a chenille stem around middle of spool; twist once in back and bend arms out to the side. Cover spool with yarn, wrapping around and over chenille stem. Tuck end of yarn under; seal with dot of glue.
  3. Slide wooden beads onto arms and fold over ends to make hands.
  4. Bend another chenille stem in half and glue bent end into hole in the center of the spool to create legs. Slide beads onto legs and fold ends over to make feet.
  5. Glue buttons to body, if desired.


  1. Wrap chenille stem around base of a thimble or a plastic bottle cap, trim to fit, and glue into place.
  2. Glue the hat to the ball.


  1. Wrap yarn around 2 to 4 fingers 8 to 10 times (the more fingers, the longer the hair) and cut.
  2. Tie a short piece of yarn around center of loops and cinch tightly. Cut through loops and spread hair around ball; glue into place.


  1. Braid three 6" pieces of yarn together and knot at each end.


Tail: Before wrapping yarn around the spool, wrap a second chenille stem around bottom portion of spool. Trim, leaving a 1" to 2" tail. Then wrap spool with yarn.

Ears: Cut two 1" pieces of chenille stem and bend each in half. Glue to top of ball.

Collar: Wrap a piece of yarn around neck area and glue in back. Glue a small button in front center.

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Parents magazine.