Mar 062013

Felt Easter Bunny Craft

Felt Easter Bunny Craft

The other day I went in search of a pattern for the velveteen rabbit and couldn’t find one, so I decided to make one from scratch. But before I go on, one thing I did find was a free copy of the book The Velveteen Rabbit by Margerie Williams Bianco on (a site that is full of free public domain books). So if you don’t already have a copy, please rush over and download yours.
Anyway, back to the pattern. In order to make a pattern from scratch, I studied the original pictures in Margerie’s book and drew what I thought was the perfect pattern on a couple pieces of paper. I made one bunny out of muslin and decided it was too this and that. I made a second bunny out of felt and though it was better from the first attempt, it too was out of proportion. Taking my mistakes into account, I drew one more pattern. And that’s the pattern I used for the bunny above. As I didn’t have velveteen on hand, I made it out of felt as well, and called it my Easter bunny.
The pattern will be available for free at least until Easter, so register in the sidebar to the right to get your free pattern. To make a bunny with this pattern, simply print the three pages out on standard printer paper, cut the pieces out, and cut the quantity of felt pieces that the pattern pieces indicate. Then watch the video below to see how I put it together. This bunny was stitched together on the outside with about 1/8 seems–all by hand.
One thing I didn’t show in the video is how to make the tail. For my tail, I covered a little stone with cotton filler (from an old pillow), then wrapped that with white wool roving and wet felted it into a ball (just like I did the ping pong balls for my string lights).
At minute 6:30 in the video you can watch how the eyes on this Easter bunny were made using the needle felting technique. A tiny bit of white roving poked into the upper part of the eyes make them look extra realistic.
I hope you enjoy making a few Easter bunnies with this pattern!
You can get tons more inspiration for Easter bunny crafts on Pinterest.

Here’s a free pattern for the Easter Bunny.

You may also enjoy making folded book art with these ready-made book folding patterns.


Jul 142012

make a drum

Make Your Own Drum

Here is the last of my PVC projects for this summer: a drum (percussion instrument) made out of a very large PVC joint and a piece of inner tube rubber. It took me about 15 minutes to make and cost me a small donation at the local salvage yard.
For this project you will need a large piece of PVC, a piece of truck inner tube, 8 medium grommets, and 8 screws. Continue reading »

Jul 092012

kaleidoscope lens

Kaleidoscope Looking Glass

Here’s yet another fun activity you can do with your kids using PVC: make a kaleidoscope looking glass. What’s the difference between a regular kaleidoscope and a looking glass one? The first one shows you beads in a different geometric pattern, and the second turns everything around you into a cool refracted pattern. You can also use the looking glass version as a lens on your camera to take interesting still photos and even more interesting movies. Check out the last part of the video below Continue reading »

Jun 232012

water pump gun

DIY Super Soaker

After making a simple water gun that required no valves and had limited function, I wanted to make a continuous-pump water gun that would work more like a Super-Soaker. I tried various materials for valves and various methods of placing the valves in the gun, and finally came up with this solution. Continue reading »

Jun 142012

PVC tree fort

PVC Tree Fort

It’s amazing what kids will do with a little bit of adult help and a lot of imagination. One of the projects for this summer’s “fun with PVC” includes this lopsided fort built on top of a wood platform set between two trees. After re-securing and re-surfacing the platform (with a lot of instructional help from my brother-in-law), my sister and I made this structure out of PVC odds and ends and covered it with tarps. The result may be architectually comical, but the tree house/fort has already sparked the imagination of my visiting nieces and nephews. Yesterday I caught the group of 7 kids playing fiefdom in the yard, with the tree fort serving as throne room for the queen (the birthday girl), while her “vassals” (as the kids called themselves), bowed and took orders from her. Continue reading »

Jun 072012

PVC water gun

Easy PVC Water Gun

Here is another summer fun project to make with and for your kids: a PVC water gun.
What you will need:
24″ piece of 1″ thin-walled PVC
24″ piece of 3/4″ PVC
3/4″ end cap
1″ to 1/2″ reducer
1/2″ to 1/4″ nylon barb
PVC primer and glue
Strip of tire rubber
Sand paper
Contact cement
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Feb 202012

felted bike chain snake

Harmless Bike Chain Snake

Here is a quick toy snake you and your child can make on a rainy day. It took me and this 5-year-old child half an hour to felt and film the making of these colorful snakes.
There is nothing much to this craft: take a piece of bike chain (see How to Take Apart a Bike Chain), wrap a bunch of wool roving around it, wet it down with soapy water, and squeeze/roll it until the wool fibers fuse into a solid snake body. The reticulated bike chain gives the pet snake a realistic feel. Continue reading »

Feb 122012

tissue paper chandelier

Tissue Paper Chandelier

My sister’s birthday is close to Valentine’s Day, so her parties always end up having a red heart motif.
This year I decided to focus on the centerpiece above the table–the chandelier. I bought some red heart tissue paper, and in half an hour transformed our clunky light fixture into a Valentine’s themed chandelier.
Your light fixture will probably not look exactly like ours, but the two basic elements of this craft–streamers and flowers–can be added to any light fixture or piece of furniture for a sweet Valentine’s effect. Continue reading »

Jan 122012

nuno felted scarf

Nuno Felted Scarf

This scarf is my first attempt at nuno felting, or felting into fabric. I’m showing it off and telling you how to felt a scarf like this one because I think it’s simple enough for an auto detailer to do. In fact, this kind of felting is especially suited for an auto detailer because the felting itself is done with a car buffer. I wasn’t kidding when I said this website shows “how everything you do in the house and in the yard can be integrated.” Here we are integrating the garage with the fashion closet. Continue reading »

Dec 272011

I was telling a friend of mine about the felt hats that I learned to make (look up millinery craft), and she said I should try my hand at fascinators. I’d never heard the word fascinator, much less knew what they were. She said to Google Kate Middleton, and I’d see lots of pics of her wearing a fascinator in her hair. I did, and oo-la-la, I’m now a big fan of these hair decorations. Of course I had to try my hand at them! Continue reading »