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9 Oct 2023

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed: squirrel craft

A collage-style picture of a red squirrel, made from orange paper and using dried red/orange autumn leaves for its large tail. Surrounding the picture are slender twigs and clusters of autumn leaves, creating a natural frame.
Red squirrel with a leafy tail
It’s time to get artistic and create this beautiful red squirrel, just like the ones you might spot in some of our countryside places. Fallen rowan leaves are ideal for its bushy tail.

You will need:

  • Brown, red or orange paper or card
  • Plain white paper or card (you could use the back of a cereal box)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Some small red leaves, which have been dried
  • A pencil and marker pen

Step 1

Draw the outline of a squirrel – excluding the tail – onto the coloured paper, and ask an adult to help you cut this out. You can see some great photos of red squirrels on our Autumn Wildlife page. Add additional details like eyes, nose and mouth with a pen or pencil.

Step 2

Glue your squirrel to the plain paper or card, leaving plenty of room for a tail. You may want to draw a faint outline of where the tail should go.

Step 3

Lay out your leaves in the shape of the squirrel’s tail. Take your time to make the tail nice and bushy.

Step 4

Once you’re happy with your squirrel’s tail, loosely glue down each leaf and leave to dry.

Don’t forget to show off your results!

Ask an adult to help you share pics on Instagram, tagging @nationaltrustforscotland

Red squirrel jumping across a tree in Crathes Castle Estate