Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: Bowling Pin Bunnies

Found this great tutorial HERE and it's such an original idea. Love getting ready for Easter!

We started out to paint our wooden nesting eggs from themercshop on Etsy.

  • mini wooden bowling pins
  • acrylic craft paint & palette
  • brushes, sponges etc.
  • craft felt (white and pink, or whatever you like!)
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • fabric glue
  • sealer/ varnish (we use non-toxic/ water based exterior sealer)
  • paint cloth, water
  • cotton balls or wool roving
  1. Give the bowling pins a base coat of white paint to seal the wood.
  2. Put out all your desired colours in a palette (available in most craft stores for $1 or so) or pie tin. Choosing 4-6 will be plenty of variety and still manage the mess. Line up brushes, small sponge pieces or other painting tools with your cup of water and paper towel or paint cloth at hand.
  3. Paint the bunnies! Hint: paint the 'body' and let it dry, and then paint the neck and head for ease of handling. Also remind kids to hold the pin as they paint it (Rowan refused and our wet bunnies rolled on the floor in the dog hair!). In our case, we painted their bodies and heads, let them dry and then I added the faces and tummies.
  4. Seal with water based sealant and clean up paint supplies. At this point we broke for a bath to get rid of the paint!
  5. Plug in your hot glue gun. Cut out ears from white felt. We made one ear and then used it as a template for the rest. Counting ears was a great math exercise! Cut out inner ears frompink felt using same method.
  6. Using a fabric glue / white glue, attach the inner ears to the outer ears and then hot glue the ears to the back of the head. Tear up your roving/cotton and hot glue on the bunny tail.
  7. Voila! Hop on down the bunny trail!
Approx. time (including prep time & bath!) 1.5 hours.
Definitely a number of grownup jobs, but enough to keep a preschooler busy, too. Rowan did the multicolored bunnies (I just did their tummies/ faces) so there was a high satisfaction level for an easily frustrated kiddo, too.
Have fun!

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