Goprgeous recycled hedgehogs to keep or give away as gifts!
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Gorgeous recycled hedgehogs to keep or give away as gifts!


  • Old paperback books. Small Hedgehogs are cute so use old books no larger than 8 inches (20 cm) in length.
  • Black paper, felt or leather for eyes and nose (ears are optional) 
  • Glue


  • Tear off the front and back cover of your book. 
  • Count the number of pages you need (I used 130 pages for the hedgehog pictured) and detach the rest of the pages for another project or another hedgehog.
  • Start folding your hedgehog:
  1. Fold each page in half lengthwise
  2. Fold both folded ends into the spine of the book, forming triangles.
  3. Continue to fold in this fashion until all the pages are folded.
  • Cut small circles for the eyes and nose from the material you haveat hand.

NOTE - For those physical distancing

Place supplies in a ziplock Kit bag: provide the book with a few pages already folded so that residents can follow. The Kit should have a written suggestion in large letters: “The more accurate the folding, the prettier the hedgehog!

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Kathie 16th Aug 2022 Social Support Co-ordinator
Made these with our group of 12, we used a variety of books, one person had a black and white "cartoon" book, the shading on the hedgehog body was amazing, our facility has now "adopted" one of these little critters as our mascot on client newsletter. It was a lot of fun for our group to do.
Talita 22nd Aug 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback Kathie, this is wonderful to hear!
Melissa 26th Jan 2022 Activities Director
This was so fun! Thank you for the idea and the ability to recycle our old Readers Digest! PERFECT!
Talita 30th Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback Meilssa!
Ann 2nd Aug 2021 HCA
Just found this activity and have practiced all afternoon... Delighted with result and looking forward to trying this with residents... Quite easy and great end result too... thank you for sharing this idea... Wish me luck
Talita 9th Aug 2021
Thank you so much for your feedback Ann!
Leesha 21st May 2021 Coordinator Day Centre
This was a simple and very effective activity that our group loved. Thank you for sharing it.
Talita 24th May 2021
Thanks for your feedback Leesha!
Susan 24th Mar 2021 Activity Director
Hi Valerie
Thank you for sharing this
You can also use these for ground hogs day in February in the US
Valerie 24th Mar 2021 Yarn Social Day Club Manager
we did this with our group at beginning of 2020 it was brilliant. I had to practice at home and it took time but everyone was soo happy with the end product and still have them sitting on the shelf. Lovely way to use old books especially with everything going technical and getting strained.
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