What’s Easter, or spring for that matter, without a bunny or two? I am revisiting several bunny craft tutorials from past years, and sharing a new tutorial for a soft, sweet pair of pastel, felted bunnies. If you’re not into needle felting, read on for bunnies made with yarn, socks, gloves, and more. If your kids are clamoring for an Easter bunny craft, I’m sure they’ll love one of the bunnies below.
To make Mama & Baby Bunnies, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Mama bunny: 3-1/16” x 2-5/16” egg (Duck egg); and 4” ball
- Baby bunny: 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″ egg (Hen size); and 3” ball
- Wool roving: 4 oz. each natural and violet
- Embroidery floss in black, 1 yd.
- Tools needed: Scissors; two round toothpicks; felting needle* (Debra used the Clover Needle Felting Tool); embroidery needle; scrap of foam rubber or other felting base
*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution at all times. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in project.
To make Mama and Baby Bunnies:
Note: The Baby and Mama bunnies are made the same way, so if you’re making both bunnies, you’ll repeat the process, using the sizes indicated in the list of supplies.
1. Press the wide end of an egg on a flat surface, such as a tabletop, to flatten it. The egg will be the bunny’s head; the narrow end is the nose, and the flattened end attaches to the body.
2. Place glue on the ends of a toothpick, and insert one end into the flat end of the egg, and the other into the ball. Add glue between the two foam pieces, too. Consult the photo for how to position the head onto the body. Press together firmly, and let glue dry.
3. Loosely cover the Mama’s body in natural roving, and insert your felting needle through the roving and into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Repeat, inserting your needle over and over again, to lock the fibers in place. When you’re done, the fibers should hold tightly onto the body without glue. If needed, add more roving as you go. Felt around the area where the head joins the body to create a neck.
4. Needle felt the Baby bunny with the lavender roving, following the instructions in Step 3.
5. Eyes: Thread embroidery needle with six strands of black floss. Insert the needle under the head at the neck, and through to the center front of the face. Make French knots for the eyes. When done, push the needle through to the back of the head and knot thread.
6. Mama’s nose: Form piece of violet roving into a tiny ball and felt to the face, below the eyes. Baby’s nose: Repeat, using natural roving.
7. Mama’s ears:
- Place natural roving on felting base, and using felting needle, form a 4″ by 5″ piece of felt.
- Using pattern, cut out two ears from felt.
- Shape two thin strands of violet roving into two swirls, and felt one to each ear.
- Felt ears onto the bunny on either side of her head.
- Baby’s ears: Repeat, using violet roving for the ears and natural roving for the swirls.
11. Shape a thin strand of violet roving into a swirl, and felt onto the side of the Mama bunny. Optional: Add a natural swirl to the side of the Baby bunny.
Here are a few more tutorials for making adorable, springtime bunnies. I’ll start with this sweet, pastel bunny family made from socks.
Every year, a bunny visits my garden and eats my crocus right down to the ground, before they ever bloom. But not this year. I’m wondering what happened to the bunny, and hoping he simply moved on to greener gardens.
Are the critters stirring in your neighborhood?