Now, Easter is my fav. holiday/biblical celebration, and we know full well that it isn't about bunnies and chocolates and plastic eggs. But it is fun to create a few crafts that scream "spring" and this is one of them. If you don't like to mix bunnies with your Easter celebration, this would still be a fun craft for spring or when you study bunnies/animals and what not.
You will need to do the following to make your bunnies:
*1/2 and 1/2 or small milk containers-one per child (rinse and rinse and then do a final rinse with a touch of bleach in the water to kill any milk and smell that may remain-let dry completely)
*stapler (staple close the opening you pour the milk from. I waited until I cut the ears/sides out to make it easier to get that area cut out-but you can do this first if you wish)
*Sharpie pen to mark out the ears and sides to cut along (I did this and even cut it out-saves time and it is not that important for the kids to do). They should take up the better part of the top, you can trim it down a bit so the ears don't touch (b/cuz the cotton fuzz will)-stop at the fold near the pouring area.
*scissors and a sharp pointed cutter to start the ears. I cut the ears out first, then did the side trim.
*hole puncher-make a hole in the middle of the top rim of the container. This is where you will pull the whiskers thru. I actually had the kids put the pipe cleaners thru before gluing. I had 2 pipe cleaners per bunny, but it is up to you. You can use pipe cleaner or yarn or whatever you have that looks like whiskers.
Yes, have the kids wear old clothes: glue, fuzzies and reg. boys gone crazy junk
will get all over their shirts.
*Pink paper for the middle of the ears. Cut out smaller than ear size but it doesn't need to be perfect, the cotton will cover a lot of it. Glue on the ears in the middle of them.
*glue, a container for it and paint brushes. It is simply easier to "paint" the glue on the box than squeeze it on.
*Cotton balls. I had a bag of 100 and I have plenty left (we did 2) so hopefully, that will help you judge the amt you need [1/3 bag or so was left over]. Have the child glue the sides, add cotton balls and keep going until the outside of the bunny is filled in nicely. We tore the balls into smaller pieces for the ears (front) and to fill in spaces. I suggest packing them in good on the facial area, esp. around the pipe cleaners. Pack them in tight to hold those in place and puff up the face as they wish with layers. Glue a big puff on the rump for the tail. We glued/cotton balled the back of the ears down a bit and my ds also did one row on the insides. You will stuff the center with Easter grass, so you don't need to be too worried if it is plain on the insides.
*add googly eyes, and a pom-pom nose (or you could use a button, paper, etc.) and your bunny is ready to go. Let it dry good though, before adding grass and placing on your table. Stuff with grass and add some eggs/goodies to finish it off.
Hippity Hoppity Easter is on its way.