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Horton the Elephant & His Clover Cotton Ball Painting

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with this  fun Horton the Elephant craft using cotton balls and paint!

Horton Hears A Who Clover Craft

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to sit on my dad’s lap as he read Dr. Seuss books.  We had quite the collection! But it wasn’t until I had kids that I first met Horton the Elephant.  Somewhere we picked up the DVD Horton Hears A Who and my kids love it.   I’ll admit that Horton has become one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters and I enjoy the movie just as much as they do.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, gather the kids and paint a Horton masterpiece.  My kids love absolutely anything to do with paint.  And unlike this watercolor flower craft, they use acrylic paint for this one.

Horton the Elephant & His Clover Cotton Ball Painting

Horton Crafts

To make a Horton cotton ball painting you will need:

White and gray paper
Craft paints in Pink, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Red, Black
Paper straw or popsicle stick
Cotton Balls

Horton the Elephant Craft

Begin by making Horton.  You can paint Horton on to the paper, but I like how cutting him out of paper is more dimensional. Cut two ovals and an elephant trunk from the gray paper. Glue one oval on the edge of the white paper, this is Horton’s head. Glue the trunk to his head and then glue the second oval slightly over the first. This is his ear. Glue a paper straw over his trunk.

Cotton Ball Painting
I set the paint out on a paper plate for each kid – like a painters pallet. To make the clovers, dab cotton balls into paint and then onto the paper. The texture of the cotton ball will come through on the paper and make them look fluffy! I love lots of color and the finished project with all the paint is beautiful.

Horton Kids Craft

Use the paint in other colors to create a colorful painting and clover field.  Use black paint to paint stems on the clover and add stripes to the stems.

Horton Hears A Who Painting for Kids

To frame the painting, just glue the painting on to a construction paper.  Display prominently for Dr. Seuss’s birthday month.

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  • Sheree Crotty
    March 18, 2017

    Love the Horton craft. a template for Horton would be a good idea!

  • Frugal Hausfrau
    February 16, 2016

    This is one of the most seriously darling crafts I’ve seen in a long time! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!


  • swapna
    February 15, 2016

    This is interesting! Pls do Link UP at the Practical Mom Link Up! I’d love to see you there 🙂

  • Candace
    February 14, 2016

    Found your post on Snippets of Inspiration weekend wind-down party and loved the picture. Such a cute and simple arts & craft.

  • Ashley
    February 14, 2016

    This is such a fun idea! I’ll have to make this with my nephews the next time they visit – they love Horton!

  • Chelsea
    February 13, 2016

    Super, super cute! And so clever!

  • Kati
    February 12, 2016

    This is so cute! I’ve always been a huge fan of the Horton Hears a Who story. This is a fun project to do after reading it!

  • Munchkintime
    February 9, 2016

    This is sooo cute, like really, really cute!!!=) Pinning it! Thank you so much for putting smile on my face today with this adorable elephant!

  • Megan
    February 8, 2016

    This is so cute! I could see hanging it in the house, or even doing smaller versions to use as birthday cards. Gotta love Dr. Seuss!

  • lana
    February 8, 2016

    Love this idea of extending the love of a book/story by creating art. Might be fun to coat the cotton balls and glue them on for a 3-D bas relief look : ) cheers.

  • creativejewishmom/sara
    February 7, 2016

    Really adorable! Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!