Paper Roll Easter Bunny

My imagination is like a bad habit. I have no apparent control over it. I'm trying to focus on work and school, but my mind keeps dwelling on toilet paper rolls. Ever since I did my Paper Roll Shamrocks, I'm completely obsessed. I guess maybe it's really more of an OCD.

Whatever. Anyway, yesterday's imagination binge resulted in this:

Isn't he cute?!!! Completely unrelated to ANYTHING else going on in my life right now, except for toilet paper rolls, of course. Completely unrelated to anything I NEED to be doing, really. But still ... isn't he cute? You want to do one too now, don't you? Easter isn't for 2 months, but you still want to do one now, don't you? And you'll want to even more when you see just how easy it is!

So, follow along and I'll show you how!

The supplies you will need are: 1 paper roll, a 1/2" pink pom, two 5mm black poms, a 1" white pom, and a short length of ribbon or yarn.

Begin by lightly flattening the paper roll and cutting it into 1/2" strips.

Form a strip into a heart shape by inverting the fold on one side.

Pinch the fold firmly to encourage the new direction.

If you have a particularly stubborn roll like mine, you can help shape the heart by rolling the tube onto a pencil. Only do this at the section that will form the top of the heart.

Next, form another strip into the shape of an oval.

Glue the heart-shaped strip upside-down onto the top of the oval-shaped strip. This will form the head and body.

Glue two more strips to the top of the head (the bottom of the heart) to form ears. The ears can be arranged in various positions.

Glue two more strips to the bottom for the feet.

You can use the strips for the feet as they form naturally, or you can shape the feet a bit more by adding a fold about 1/2" away from one of the other folds, and then flattening the shortened side for the bottom of the foot. (See finished project for examples.)

Take another strip and invert the fold on one side, pushing the fold through to the opposite side of the roll.

Glue the fold to the opposite side.

Glue the shaped strip into the body cavity to form the front paws.

Repeat the shape with another strip and place it into the face for the cheeks.

Your bunny should be looking like this.

If you'd prefer a white bunny, this is a good point to stop and spray-paint it.

Spray paint will have a tendency to absorb into the cardboard and will require a number of coats for good coverage. One trick to reduce the number of coats you'll need is to spray-paint first with a base coat of silver. The silver paint works as a primer and seals the cardboard, reducing the amount of paint lost to absorbtion.

Next, the bunny needs a face. Pom-poms work really well and add a soft texture to the finished project. Glue two 5mm black poms onto the top of a 1/2" pink pom. I used two black poms that were slightly varied in size, to give the bunny a more comical face.

If you're doing this with younger children, this will probably be a difficult step for them. You can glue the poms together in advance to make the project easier for them.

Glue the pink pom to the face. Tie a ribbon or a piece of yarn around the bunny's neck.

Glue a 1" white pom to the back for a tail.

He's all done! Wasn't that easy?? Now what to do with him?

He's adorable just as he is...

...but he is an Easter Bunny, afterall, so maybe a couple of Easter eggs.



Or he could be holding a tiny basket, or a giant candy bar.

Wouldn't that face be adorable delivering a special message?

What do you plan to do with yours? You know you're gonna make one! Let me know and I'll post a link!

Check out this one at Bonequinhos De Pano! Well done!



And be sure to check out the endless list of inspirational ideas at my home page childmade.com.


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36 comments:

  1. Great bunny! Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. So Cute! My son would love this craft! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower and look forward to your posts!

    Jodie

    www.lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh my, that is just too cute!! I need to make one!

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  4. Brilliant! So cute! I love what you did, it's so creative!

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  5. How cute is he! OMG!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  6. Porfavor es una pasada jajaj me fascino, no se cuando lo haré pero hacerlo lo haré es divino jijii que idea tan brillante querida mis mas sinceras felicitaciónes, esta tecnica es genial.

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  7. Hey there! Just wanted to stop by and let you know I'm showing this off today over at Crafts & Sutch! :) Please pop by to take a peek and grab an I'm SUTCH an Inspiration button!

    Erin

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  8. This is too stinkin cute! I featured it on my friday favorites!
    http://www.lilbitofus.com/2011/02/friday-favorites_25.html

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  9. That is so darned cute! You're right: I really do want to make one right now!

    I'm going to try to do this with my kids soon.

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  10. So cute!!!!!
    I must do at least one for my son!!!
    Thanks a lot...

    Symone Mesquita

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  11. Hey girl :) I had some cardboard tube Easter crafts on my blog, so I put together a round up and included this, too cute! You can see it here http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/2011/04/cardboard-tube-crafts-for-easter.html

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  12. WOW!....I just found your site and I will definitely be back for more! This was fun and a nice change from the tube style crafts I usual find. Your are an inspiration. :0) Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Hello! Stopping by from Red Ted! What a brilliant craft! Thanks for sharing!

    Kerri

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  14. So cute! You are very talented!

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  15. Hello ! I did this one (well,kind of)and linked you back. Go check it out and let me know if I have any potential ;)
    bonequinhosdepano.blogspot.com

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  16. My boys loved watching me make one--almost as much as I loved making one! Thanks for the cute idea!

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  17. Best for improving brain power. Your blog is very informative for getting good knowledge about paper work. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

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  18. Your work of Rabbit is impressive as per above review, it is best for brain power. And helps my sister 's school students so much, I will share this post with her soon.

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  19. My small sister and brother just started to work on it. Both are very interested to do creative work. I Hope your blog post is best them for great inspiration.

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  20. Love all your paper roll animals! I just pinned them.
    Jacqueline (visiting from Under the Table)

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  21. This is adorable and love your blog I pinned it on Pinterest

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  22. I found you through Pinterest...I'll be passing this along! Soooo adorable...:)

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  23. LOVE this!! I'm going to try to make one for each of the ladies I work with to put on their desks. There are only 5 so it should be doable. They'll love them! Thank you for the inspiration!! :o)

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  24. Olá!
    Seu blog é de mais;Lindo,lindo!
    Parabéns,obrigada por compartilhar
    os passo a passos.
    Abraço!

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  25. Congratulations, it's absolutely adorable, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. BRAVO.C'est très mignon,original et peu onéreux.
    Idéal pour les grands enfants que je garde.

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  27. Thank you for your post. This is awesome and perfect for the upcoming Easter. We also created a similar project which can be found here:

    http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/03/year-of-the-snake/

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  28. ola achei lindo os seus trabalho,um mimo mesmo,de uma passadinha no meu blog e siga-me.ficarei muito grata.wwwcrislima007.blogspot.com

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  29. OMGoodness! How Cute! Love your Blog! I will be making some of these, as Easter is just a month away. So glad I found this! Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter to you!!
    Charlotte from AZ

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