Easter => Grandma Bunny: A Fun and Stunning Easter Craft
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Grandma Bunny: A Fun and Stunning Easter Craft
by Bonnie Arena
If you're at all crafty, you probably have everything you need in a basket or drawer to get started with this impressive, adorable "Grandma Bunny." She's sure to get the family in the mood for Easter, and she'd make a fabulous gift for a special friend.
Even patient older kids can craft Grandma Bunny with supervision (watch the glue gun), and they'll be impressed when they see what an elaborate creature they're able to make. It's as lovely as any Easter decor you'll buy in any store! Here's how to get started.
- a funnel
- a cup
- a ruler
- wire cutters
- glue gun
- glue stick
- a small soda or water bottle
- some sand or small pebbles
- a foam egg or a 2” foam ball
- some thin wire
- 2 small pastel yellow pompoms, 1/2" in diameter
- 1 pink pompom, 1/4” in diameter
- 2 small black beads
- 1 yellow pipe cleaner
- 1 yard of gathered lace about 2" wide
- and some twisted paper ribbon: 1/2 yard of pale yellow, 6 yards of mauve, and 1 yard of light pink
1. First, use the funnel and cup to fill your soda bottle with sand or pebbles, half to three-quarters full. Discard bottle top, or save for another craft. This will give the bottom some weight so that the finished bunny stays standing.
2. Then, cut 2- 9” pieces of yellow ribbon. Untwist the ribbon, and cut each piece in half lengthwise. Put the four pieces together and wire center of ribbon tightly. Spread out the ribbon as shown above.
3. For the head, wrap the ribbon around the egg and fasten the ribbon at the bottom of the egg or ball with a small piece of the pipe cleaner. Leave about 9” of pipe cleaner to use later for the arms.
4. Use hot glue to glue the head securely to the top of the pop bottle.
5. For the body: cut three 9" lengths of the mauve ribbon. Unroll ribbon and use a glue stick to cover the bottle with the ribbon. Use hot glue to fasten the ends to the bottom of the bottle.
6. For each sleeve, cut two 6” pieces of mauve ribbon. Untwist, and glue each piece lengthwise with the glue stick, overlapping about 1/4”. Let the glue dry, then wrap one end of the sleeve aroung the end of the pipecleaner with a piece of wire. Very carefully, turn the sleeve “right side out.” Repeat on the other end of the pipecleaner.
7. Wire the sleeves together in the center of the pipecleaner. Tip over the ends of the pipecleaner to make "hands." Glue the arms to the back of the neck with the glue gun as shown.
8. For the bodice, cut 6” of mauve ribbon. Untwist, and cut in half lengthwise. Glue one piece over each shoulder so that the ends form a V. Cut two pieces of lace, each one 6” long, and glue over the top of the paper ribbon bodice.
9. Use the remainder of the gathered lace to make the petticoat. Thread a piece of wire about 12” long through the gathered edge of the lace. Bend over the wire tightly so it threads easily through the lace. Roll the opposite end of the wire as shown so that the wire doesn’t pull through.
10. Add the petticoat to the bottom of the bottle by wrapping the wire tightly, so the bottom of the lace touches the bottom of the bottle. Adjust evenly, then glue in place with glue gun.
11. Make the skirt by cutting five pieces of paper ribbon, each one 16” long. Untwist the ribbon, and fold each piece of ribbon in half. Gather the ribbon at the waist, and glue in place with a glue stick so that the bottom of the skirt faces up. Fit all pieces around the waist over the V of the bottom of the bodice. Wrap tightly with a piece of wire. Now turn skirt down to make a bell shape.
12. Cut a piece of the light pink ribbon 15” long. Untwist and cut a 1” strip from the ribbon lengthwise. Fold in thirds and wrap around the waist. Attach with glue. Save the remainder. With the wider piece of ribbon, make a “collar bow” as shown.
13. Fold the paper as shown, then fasten with wire in center. Cut “V”s in the ends of the bow. Wrap the bow center with a piece of the leftover 1” wide strip to cover the wire. Glue to back of dress with glue gun.
14. To make the face, glue the pompoms and beads in place as shown. If you like, add pearls around the neckline.
15. Time to make the ears! First, cut a 3” piece of pale yellow ribbon. Untwist and cut in half lengthwise. Twist the ends of the ribbon tightly together, and glue one ear to each side of the head.
16. For the hat, cut a 4” piece of the pink ribbon and untwist. In the center, cut two slits for the ears about ˝”apart. Slide over the ears. Fold the front of the hat under to form brim and glue in place. Then fold the back of the hat under and fold to form the back of hat. Glue to match the front.
17. Cut a 9” piece of mauve ribbon. Cut in half lengthwise. Fold one half into thirds to make the hat band. Use the other half to make a mini collar bow, as shown above. Glue to the back of the hat with glue gun.
18. You're completely done! If you want, add a few more personalized details with leftover materials or scraps from previous projects. Then, stand back and marvel at your handiwork. Great job!
This project takes about three hours to complete, but as you can see, the results are well worth it. Plus, it reuses some items that are probably just hanging around the house. Enjoy!
A similar version of this project was previously printed in Bazaar Best Sellers by Carol Rice and Marion Lewis. Published by Hot off the Press, 1992.
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