If you and your kids love My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, you’re familiar with the adorable soot sprites (or susuwatari) that hide in the shadowy corners of the house. Get the soot sprites out of the dark and on to a bright Christmas tree with this fun DIY for you and the kids!
What You Need
- 2.5″ round papier-mâché ornament
- Black craft fur
- Paint marker or Sharpie marker for tracing
- Printed fur template
- White felt
- Black enamel dot stickers (found in the scrapbooking section of craft stores)
- Hot glue gun
Begin by printing this fabric ball template from Martha Stewart, scaling it to 105%. Cut the “2-inch ball” template from the page.
Use the Sharpie, or if the fur has a black backing, the paint marker to trace the template 5 times on the back of the fur.
Cut out the 5 shapes. This is a messy process, so expect to see some black fur flying!
Next, use the hot glue gun to attach each piece of black fur to the papier-mâché ball, with the points of the teardrop shape at the top and bottom. (This step isn’t recommended for small kids, as it’s difficult to see exactly where the hot glue is with all the black fur.)
The pieces should overlap slightly and completely cover the ornament.
Glue down any edges of the fur that are noticeably sticking up, and allow to cool.
For the soot sprite’s eyes, cut two oval shapes from the white felt. If you prefer a guide to make a good oval shape, squeeze one end of a clean toilet paper roll into an oval. Trace the shape twice and cut them from the white felt.
The oval shapes from the roll alone are too large, so trim an additional centimeter around the edge of one of the oval shapes. (The ovals should be no longer than 4 centimeters tall.)
Use the smaller oval as a template and cut the other white oval to match.
Stick two medium-sized black enamel dot stickers on the white felt shapes. The dots should be in the middle of the shape but not centered, close to each other for a bit of a cross-eyed look.
If you’re working on a budget and prefer not to spend money on the dot stickers, small black felt circles or even the black Sharpie marker can also complete the soot sprite’s eyes.
Finally, hot glue the two eyes in the middle of the soot sprite, and your ornament is complete!