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 »

May 312012

door frame monkey bar

Door Frame Monkey Bar

It’s summertime, and time to find fun indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages. I’m on a mission to make ten pieces of PVC equipment for kids to play with (some indoors, some outdoors), and this doorway chinup bar is one of them. The design is based on a metal version I saw in a sports equipment store, but made out of PVC. Not as strong, but definitely strong enough for kids up to 120 lbs. The inner section can support up to 150 lbs per our tests at home. I DO NOT GUARANTEE SAFETY, so make this piece of play/exercise equipment at your own risk. It is advisable to put a mat on the floor under the monkey bars in case your child falls. Continue reading »

May 142012

didgeridoo soundsI know you’re asking, ‘how does a didgeridoo breathing post end up on a Home and Garden DIY blog?’ Well, because I’m in the process of finding ten things you can make with PVC for a summer of fun. The “didg” is one of them.
I love the aboriginal drone of the Australian didgeridoo instrument–that long, twisted, termite-eaten, tree branch pipe that you hear in Australian movies. The first time I heard this instrument on the radio, I thought the sound was made by a complicated manipulation of giant rubber bands. I was delighted to find out that the didgeridoo is one of the simplest instruments to make (you can make a didgeridoo with a 4-foot length PVC pipe and a bit of bee’s wax), and fairly easy to play. The difficult technique of “circular breathing” is not as difficult as people make it out to be. I think I figured out the trick the day after my first and only lesson on the instrument. Continue reading »