Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Craft: How to make a Dress-up Easter Bunny

Maybe you can relate to the following problem: Having too many fabric scraps around. When you are doll maker you end up with lots of fabric scraps that are too small to make doll clothes with yet too precious to throw away...So they keep piling up in my house. I have to confess, when it comes to fabric, I am a terrible hoarder. Remember the frienship peg dolls from my February post? I am thrilled to have come up with yet another craft that will help me shrink my pile...

Make this cute Easter bunny craft!

A couple of years ago my sister sent me an Easter package. Besides yummy German chocolate, it held this darling bunny she made with her kids. Her bunny was made from construction paper and card stock only...

This weekend we created our own dress-up bunny. The kids and I had a blast making them!

All you need for this craft is:

1.Poster board or thick paper in white, black, brown, or bunny color
2.Fabric Scraps
3.Glue (we used Elmer's for the clothing, but had to resort to hot glue gun for the bunnies neck...)

I am not much on templates but I scanned in the basic shapes you need for your dress-up bunny. You can use your own free form drawings but don't fret to copy mine. You can make it as large or small as you feel right. Our finished bunnies measured around 7 inches from top of the ear to the feet.

Step 1: use your poster board or card stock to cut out one bunny body and one head with ears (white parts in the picture)

Step 2: cut from fabric scraps two sets of pants (making sure to flip the pattern over so they match), then cut one pocket, one Easter Egg to go in the pocket.

Variation: For a girl bunny you can just leave out the v-shape divot, and cut out a dress instead...

Step 3: glue the clothes onto the body. Pants or respective dress parts go on front and back. Then glue egg and pocket over the egg.

Step 4: Make a neck by braiding three pieces of yarn together. The little braided neck is about 1 inch long. Make a knot on each side. An adult (or authorized person) should now use a hot glue gun to glue the knots to the body and head part.

Step 5: Take a black marker or pen and add the bunnies face and color in the ear part.

Step 6: Poke a little hole in the top of the head, right above the eyes and pull a piece of thread or strong twine through, loop around and make knot in the back.

Done! You can hang your cute bunnies anywhere you like. They will look great hanging from an Easter bouquet or centerpiece on your table. We hung ours from the chandelier over the dining table. You could even make a cute Easter mobile with them. Or use them as a card?

Happy Crafting!

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