Something fun for you all to do with the kids while on Spring break, or any break at that matter. They have closed schools all around this world. It is so important to help keep those little ones mind occupied and not in places of worry. Try to keep their lives as normal as possible. Yeah, they know something is up, but no need to dwell on that. After 9/11 happened to keep our children (ages 2 and 4 at the time) happy we played vintage Disney (you know, Cinderella, Snow White…the good old days of Disney when Walt was around) and had the biggest birthday party for my daughter, everyone came. All us adults needed a 5 year old birthday to get back to living in happy times. I think I even face painted some of the adults faces that day. We all just needed some silliness at a time when our country lost so many.
So here’s some silliness for you all…pom pom bunnies. You will need some yarn, felt, glue, scissors, cardboard (use an empty cereal box), wiggle eyes or beads, tiny pink pom pom, medium sized white pom pom or cotton ball.
First you will have to make two card board discs. You can use small bottle tops as templates. You are drawing out two donuts and cutting out the centers.
Once you have cut out two cardboard disc Start wrapping yarn strands around the disc.
wrap yarn around the whole disc. I wrapped it around twice.
Once completely covered start cutting the center between the two discs. Cut all around the discs.
Then tie off center. I pull hard and double knot to make sure all the yarn is held in place.
Then pull discs away and trim pom poms into shapes for your bunny.
One large pom pom for the body, one medium pom pom for the head., and two small pom poms for the paws or little bunny legs. If you want all four legs , just make four. I just used the bunnies to hang over little baskets. You can use different sized lids for different sizes of template sizes. One time just for fun we traced a large plate and made a multi-colored pom pom ball. It was huge. The yarn colors I used for these bunnies were browns, grey, pink and white but you can use all kinds of colors to design your bunnies.
To make the ears I just drew out some ear shapes on a piece of paper to get an idea of what size and shape I wanted. Cut the pieces out and trace onto felt then glue two pieces together.
Then I sewed the ends to shape the ears.
After you have finished your felt ears you can start gluing all your pieces together. Glue the body to the head and ears to the head first.
Add two pom poms to the front.
Then glue a white pom pom to the back.
Add eyes and a pretty bow. I used little black beads as eyes but you can use buttons, or wiggle eyes too.
Make several bunnies to give out as gifts. I think everyone could use one of these bunnies now. Should call these cheer up bunnies.
I love real bunnies of course but I think it is so important that we don’t just buy them for Easter. Poor bunnies every where end up being in shelters because once they get big and become a problem the children loose interest. They take too much work to take care of them. Make yarn bunnies instead if your children ask for a real one. I know, it isn’t the same but at least they don’t poop everywhere. Hey, we all need some laughs right now. Have fun with this one you guys. Before you know it, you will have bunnies all around your house. Play bunny hide and seek. Instead of looking for eggs, search for bunnies. Make different colored bunnies and turn them into a lesson on colors.
Happy crafting everyone.