by Noreen Doll.
This funky looking garland bunny makes a cute addition to an Easter holiday table, or an Easter basket full of goodies.
The garland and styrofoam balls came from Dollar Tree and were quite cheap.
Older kids can help with the assembly and will have great ideas for using him.
What You Need
Styrofoam Balls: 2 inch, 3 inch, and a small one for the tail
Pink and White Felt or Craft Foam Scraps
Hot Glue or Tacky Glue
What You Do
1. Prepare the garland bunny body. Flatten the bottom of the large ball by pressing it on a hard surface, until it can sit without rolling.
2. With a toothpick, poke a hole in the top of the large ball and move it around a bit to slightly enlarge the hole.
Poke a hole in the bottom of the small ball the same way.
Fill both holes with glue and push the toothpick halfway or so into the large ball. Quickly put the small ball on the other end of the toothpick and press the balls snuggly together.
3. Prepare the garland. My garland had many foil eggs attached, and I removed them.
Because the garland had a wire center, I wound it around my hand to give the wire a curve to fit around the ball.
4. If using tacky glue, cover the entire surface of the large ball, except for the flat bottom. Start winding the garland, beginning at the bottom.
Stick the end of the wire into the ball to help hold the garland in place while you wind. Keep the rounds close together, and even overlap to get good coverage.
Press the rounds into the glue.
(If using hot glue, you need to add it a little at a time as you wind the garland onto the ball.)
Cover all of the large ball up to the small ball.
5. Cover the small ball with glue and continue wrapping the garland around it, pressing the garland into the glue. Finish by curling the garland around on top of the small ball.
Cut off the excess. Let dry.
Decide where the front of the bunny will be.
6. Use a toothpick and glue to attach a small styrofoam ball on the back for the bunny tail. It’s hiding on the left.
7. Cut 2 ears using white and pink craft foam or felt. Glue the pink center onto the white and let dry.
Turn the ears over and glue a toothpick onto the back as shown, leaving enough of the toothpick below the bottom of the ear to stick into the styrofoam ball.
I had to break off a bit of the toothpick as it was too long for the ear.
8. Decide the placement of the ears and poke holes in the styrofoam head. Add a bit of glue before attaching the ears to the head.
9. Cut a pink bunny nose from felt or craft foam. Glue the nose to the garland bunny head.
10. Attach wiggly eyes above the bunny nose.
Your garland bunny is ready to sit in a basket.
A cotton ball or pom pom could be used for the bunny tail.
Preschoolers might be a bit young for this, but older kids can handle it.
If using hot glue, make sure an adult is there for that part.