Friday, March 24, 2017

Bunny Business!







































Around here, the business of bunny building is a serious one. We need those little critters to decorate our kids' table for Easter Sunday dinner. We also need an appealing "make it and take it" to teach to mommies and daddies that day - one that will yield an even bigger bunch of bunnies - and miles of fond smiles in the years ahead each time they reemerge from springtime storage bins!

Hand wound yarn bunny making isn't new. I fended off my own pet cats ages ago while mother taught me how to wind and snip and glue. The floppy, fuzzy, felt-eared, button-eyed results delighted me in those early years, well before aisles of wiggle eyed choices and wee ribbon spools popped up a hop away from the crafty kids of today, making this project easier and cuter than ever!

I'm excited to sponsor an advance "grandkids only" workshop to practice our crafting and sharing skills. The parents we'll instruct a week or so later won't have to worry about a thing, especially counting to "100 wraps" by themselves - we've got one little lady who just perfected that art and will be "hoppy" to take the lead! All that'll be left for grandma to do is ready the supplies and be on hand to coach from the sidelines when the business of bunny building opens its doors!

Here's my palm-sized version of easy-to-make, easy-to-teach fun!




For each 4" x 4" bunny, you'll need:
  • Yarn, white or pastel. Lily Sugar 'n Cream preferred
  • Felt scraps, white and pink for ears
  • Pom pom, pink, 1/2" (1) for nose
  • Pom poms, white, 1" (3) for tail and front paws
  • Wiggle eyes, 15 mm (2) 
  • Ribbon, pastel, 3.75" wide x 8" long
  • Foam board or cardboard:           
    • 2.5" x 10" (1) for body template            
    • 1.5" x 8" (1) for head template
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun                                           
1. Mark a 1.5" area near top of head template as shown. Wrap yarn around board 100 times, keeping it all between those lines.
2. Cut a 6" length of yarn, slip wrapped yarn off template, and pinch tightly at center. Tie yarn tightly at center to hold. (see photo)
3. Cut all loops open, yielding a 1.5" pom pom. Fluff it up and trim until round. 
4. Glue eyes and nose to center front for face.
5. Cut two 1" x 2" pieces of white felt for ears. Cut two 1/2" x 1.75" pieces of pink felt. Trim the white pieces so they are rounded at top and slightly taper towards bottom. Trim the pink pieces the same way. 
6. Place pink pieces, centered, on top of white and glue together.
7. Separate yarn at top of head and glue ears inside.
8. Mark a 2.5" area near top of body template as shown. Wrap yarn around board 100 times, keeping it all between those lines.



9. Repeat steps 2 and 3, yielding a 2.5" pom pom
for body.
10. Glue head to body.
11. Glue a 1" white pom pom to lower center back for tail. Glue two 1" white pom poms side by side below head for front paws.
12. Tie ribbon into a bow and glue to side of head.

  • Bunnies are not toys for kids under 3 due to small parts. 
  • This is not a sponsored post. I personally like the texture of this yarn but you can use any brand you prefer, of course! 


This original design, like all blog content, is intended for personal use only. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Thank you!            

25 comments:

  1. Cute bunnies J. I can't believe Easter is just around the corner.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  2. What a fun idea - sharing this with my school age teacher at our child care center! And Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY Party!

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  3. Cutest bunnies ever next to the real ones! You are such an amazing Grandma. Hope you and the family have a wonderful Easter and that everyone is able to be there for it!

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  4. This bunny is adorable J. You're a great grandma. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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  5. They are adorable bunnies! I'll see if i can find all the supplies to make them with my grandchildren. Thank you for the ideas!

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  6. That is precious! My grands would love making these!

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  7. ❤��❤
    Shared on Facebook!

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  8. What a cute little bunny face! I bet the grandkids love teaching this craft to their parents. Thank you for sharing such a cute idea!

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  9. These are absolutely adorable. I am a relatively new Grandma, so am currently gathering all of the grandparenting ideas that I can. Thank you for sharing this.

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  10. Oh my gosh, I'm smiling from ear to ear looking at that sweet little bunny. You always make great things, but this is right up there near the top. It is so cute, and I can only imagine how it will look on your beautiful Easter table. Plus the teacher in your was able to include a math lesson. You go, grandma. :-)

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  11. This bunny of yours is just adorable...cutest little bunny ever ! :)

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  12. How cute and creative. Grandbabies would enjoy doing this. Thank you Joyce for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

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  13. Adorable!! I love the googlie eyes you used. Thank you for sharing at the Creative Muster party. PINNED
    Robin | Fluster Buster

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  14. I've been working on some projects for the grand kids. How cute these little pom pom bunnies are. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

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  15. These are the cutest thing ever! Absolutely beautiful! Pinning to share

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  16. These are darling! The kiddos are going to love them!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. I haven't made these bunnies in years, great reminder how easy they are. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

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  18. These are so cute! My grands will love them!! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

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  19. Those are the cutest! Thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared on social media.

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  20. Thank you Joyce for sharing this post at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

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  21. These are so cute - you are so talented to whip them up and have them looking so great.

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  22. I have been seeing lots of cute pom pom projects lately and I need to resist the urge to start making them again, or my house will be overrun.

    but this one is sooooooo cute.


    Thanks so much for sharing with us on #FridayFrivolity.

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  23. You always do the most clever and cute things!! I'm featuring this at my Grandma Ideas link party tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. You have the very best ideas - and the very best times. Your family is so lucky to have you for their grandma. I love the bunnies and I might give one a try - I do love bunnies in the spring time.

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  25. Awwww, how cute! I had fun last month with some of my grandkids - we made "googly guys" together and they LOVED them. Basically - similar to this - but just the one set of wraparounds. Easy peasy even for the youngest. Then we glued googly eyes to them. So you gave me a BIG smile of remembering when I saw this - saving it and sharing it :)

    Kaye

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