A step-by-step tutorial on how to make the cutest little needle felted bunny.
Who’s thinking about bunnies? With Easter just a few days away, I decided to get to work with my needle and wool to make my kids a couple of Easter bunny gifts. Alas, Teddy walked in and caught me in the act of making Kitty’s bunny. He fell deeply in love and now the brown bunny is Teddy’s and the white bunny belongs to Kitty. He was so excited to share his little Easter friend with his sister that all pretense of waiting for Easter Sunday fell by the wayside and both children are cuddling their fluffy bunnies as I write.
I know you’ll fall in love with this little sweetheart too and so have put together a step-by-step tutorial to get you on your way to making one for your own little ones.
One needle felting needle and a foam protective matt.
Tan-colored wool (about the length of your needle and about the width of your needle). Pink wool (just a little), white wool (just a little) and dark brown wool (also just a little).
1. Roll the tan wool into a long spiral snake.
2. Turn the rolled up snake of wool 90 degrees and roll it again, the other way, into a another, smaller spiral. This will give you the shape of the bunny’s body without too much needle felting required.
TIP : Rolling your wool forms first in this method will cut down remarkably on your needle felting time.
3. With your needle felting needle, felt all around the outside of your oval body shape. Needle felt around the ends to round them evenly.
4. At the 1/3 mark, needle felt a groove into the body for your bunnies head. Round the head.
5. Now for the ears. Break off two tufts of the same tan roving. about the length of your needle and as thick as your finger.
6. Roll it between the palms of your hands (as you would roll a ball of palydough into a snake) until your wool resembles a long tube.
7. Bend the tube into a U shape between your thumb and forefinger – this will be an ear.
8. Still holding the ear between your thumb and forefinger, carefully needle felt along the base of the ear, leaving a tuft free at the bottom end to attach to the bunny’s body later.
9. Continue all around the base of the ear so that it is nice and firm.
10. Needle felt in the middle of the ear to make a little indentation.
11. Fill the center of the ear with a little pink wool.
12. Fan the fluffy end of the ear evenly and press against a hard surface. Trim short by pulling the fluffy wool.
13. Set the fanned-out tufty end of the ear in place on the bunnies head and needle felt the fluffy wool firmly into the head.
14. Repeat with the second ear.
15. Roll the white wool into a ball and attach it to the rear of your bunny’s body.
16. Now for the nose. Roll a little tuft of pink wool into a ball and needle felt it onto the front of your bunny’s face.
17. The eyes. Roll a little of the dark brown wool into a ball and needle felt it into place on the bunny’s head. Repeat for the second eye.
Voila!! The cutest little Easter bunny around.
The boy won’t let his new bunny out if his sight.
But when he’s not around, I can’t help laying with the sweet little ball of fluff myself.
Here’s a step by step graphic to help you through. Come on, you know you want to give it a go!
Note : I have many step-by-step needle felting kits available in my shop. You can browse them here – http://themagiconions.com/shop/product-category/needle-felting-kits/
Happy Easter Crafting,
Blessings and magic,
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A few years ago, Kitty made the most delightful Fairy Garden. She made it in a tea cup! It sat as the centerpiece on our dining room table for months and was at the center of many dinnertime imaginings. Isn’t it the sweetest!!
I have received so many emails over the years, asking for a tutorial showing how we made it… At last, here is the tutorial.
Tutorial : A Fairy Garden in a Tea Cup
- We scoured local garage sales until we found the perfectly pretty tea cup.
- We collected a handful of small stones.
- And, we purchased a pot of moss from our local garden shop.
We began by putting a handful of small, clean stones into the tea cup, filling it to about half way up. These stones are needed to ensure the moss drains well when we water it later.
Kitty carefully prized the moss from it’s pot. The soil and roots were too long to fit into the tea cup, so she used a sharp steak knife to cut the soil to the right length. Don’t worry, cutting the roots will not harm the moss.
She nestled the moss neatly into the tea cup.
Her little garden in a tea cup needed all the cute little things that make a Fairy Garden really special. We made a stick chair and planted a little succulent in a thimble. We made a paper bunting and added a magic crystal ball (marble) and a tiny shovel and it was done… the most adorable Fairy Garden ever!
Important Fairy Garden Links :
Happy Fairy Gardening,
Blessings and magic,
To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. A photo of us doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet times, I’ll come back and see that I did cherish them. I did drink them in and I did know how special it all was.
Our WONDERFUL mulberry bush is bursting with berries and the kids have been feasting like monkeys! And, Teddy is on a Battleship quest… he wants to play all the time! Kitty beats Teddy but Teddy beats Dad. Alas, Mom doesn’t play.
Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them.
Here are the previous Portraits of Us.
Blessings and magic,
Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.
Week 15 / 52
Our first poppy has burst from her hairy pod and we are so very excited to see her. It’s been impossible to grow anything as the bunnies eat every tiny little shoot they see. But, last weekend, My Good Man built us a raised garden, too high for the bunnies to jump into and here is our first flower in a very long time. Isn’t she magnificent!
The children and I have marveled at how her delicate petals are still creased from being confined in her pod but, by this afternoon, I bet they’ll be smooth like cream.
I hope you’ll participate in 52 Weeks in Nature and leave a link to your site in the comments below so that we can all see the beauty you have found.
Click HERE to see our previous posts in the 52 Weeks in Nature series.
Blessings and magic,