Dogs with a great deal of personality and accurate or stylized coats are fairly simple to make using needlefelt techniques and wool, silk or mohair roving (unspun fiber). As the needles used are very sharp, this is not a technique recommended for children. The dogs can be made in many scale sizes, depending on the wire armature used and the type of fiber. Silk roving is best for smaller animals (1:24 and less).
Here's another poseable animal sculpted with a needlefelt technique. These little raccoons make great Christmas ornaments for the tree, and are fun in all kinds of nature scenes. You can perch them in a tree next to a dolls house, or show them in the garbage, or stealing food.
The cat shown here was made as a stray for a Halloween scene, but you can use this tutorial to fashion a range of pampered pet cats which can be posed stalking, at play, or simply sleeping. Short haired breeds are easier for beginners to make, but long haired cats can be made using the instructions for the raccoon that show adding longer fur.
This needlefelt rabbit can be made in natural colors as a pet, or a wild rabbit for a model scene, or you can make it in soft colors for a dollhouse child's toy. Unlike the other needlefelted projects in this list, the rabbit is not poseable, although it could be made over a wire frame like the other animals, which would allow you to pose it. This is a great first needlefelt project for a beginner as the shapes are very simple and easy to make.
6. Needlefelt a Miniature Sea Otter and Pup
Here's another great needlefelted decoration for a Christmas tree, package, or for use as a replacement for a knitted hat pom-pom. These tiny sea otters are cute, and easy to make. This felted animal pair is made without a frame as the pose is fixed. The instructions for making a miniature sea otter are set up as a step by step with clear photographs of the various steps.
:This project introduces a beginner to using two part epoxy resin. The tadpoles are made of polymer clay, which is then set into the resin in the jar. It doesn't matter whether you want a jar of pickled eggs, fruit, or other produce, the same technique is used as for tadpoles. As epoxy resin requires precise measurement, the tadpoles can be made by children, but adults should handle the resin to fill the jars.
Butterfly Koi are fairly easy to make from polymer clay. You can pose them in a fish pond or use them for miniature jewellery.
The color patterns of Koi make them easy to mimic in small scales, plus they show up well in simple water pools made with a water 'surface' of sheet plastic.