Make-and-Learn Crafts: Easter Funny Bunny Ears
Ask any kid younger than 10 to name the first thing that comes to mind when he or she hears the word Easter, and we can pretty much guarantee the answer won't be the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Chances are the Easter bunny is more in line with a child's thinking. How the two became linked may lie somewhere in the spring rituals surrounding the hare symbol of an Anglo-Saxon goddess. Through the years -- and with the help of American capitalism -- the hare became a bunny, and lucky for us, the vehicle through which we miraculously receive chocolate eggs. Yummy!
Spread the word to your little ones: Help them make the connection between the religious and commercial side of the holiday, and, in the meantime, have some fun with bunny ears they make themselves.
Hop to it. Easter is right around the corner.Tip: The following directions are for fuzzy bunny ears for older kids to make. They may need a little help drawing the pattern and gluing the giant pipe cleaners. Easier directions are provided below for felt ears for younger children.
What You'll Need:
- Plastic headband, about 3/4-inch to 1-inch in width
- Sticky-back fun foam in white and pink, available in craft stores such as Michael's
- Paper, letter-size
- Jumbo Loopy Chenille Pipe Cleaner in white, about 30mm in diameter
- White tacky glue
- Clothespins, about 12
1. Measure, mark and cut a 1-inch strip of white fun foam long enough to cover the headband from side to side, about 12- to 14-inches in length. Remove backing and adhere foam strip to headband. Trim the excess on sides and ends.
2. Fold paper in half lengthwise. Measure 3/4-inch up and 3/4-inch over from bottom of fold to make a tab. From this point, draw half an ear, about 9 inches long. Start with a rounded bottom and continue up, coming to a point at the top center fold.
3. Keeping the paper folded, cut out ear shape for ear pattern. Then, draw a second, smaller ear shape inside the first to make the inner ear pattern. Cut out the inner ear shape and use it for a pattern.
4. Using patterns, trace and cut out four ear shapes from white fun foam and two inner ear shapes from pink fun foam.
5. Remove backing from pink inner ear shape and adhere it to the center of one ear shape for ear front. Repeat to make second ear front.
6. Remove the backing from one ear front and one ear back, leaving adhesive backing on the tab portion at the bottom. With edges even, adhere the ear front to the ear back to make an ear piece. Repeat to make the second ear piece.
7. Cut a piece of giant pipe cleaner to fit around edge of one ear piece, leaving 1 1/2-inch excess on one end. Starting at one side of the bottom, glue pipe cleaner to the front side of the ear piece, using clothespins to secure as glue dries. Repeat for the other ear piece. Allow to dry thoroughly.
8. Remove the adhesive backing from one side of bottom tab and adhere an ear piece to the headband at top and slightly off to one side. Remove the remaining adhesive backing from the bottom tab and set in place. Bend and wrap the pipe cleaner excess to cover the bottom of the ear and the tab. Use glue to set in place and secure with clothespins until dry. Repeat for the second ear, placing it at the top and to the side of the first ear. Let dry, then remove clothespins.
For the felt bunny ears:
What You'll Need:
- Stiffened felt, in white 12- by 18-inch piece
- Stiffened felt in pink, 8- by 10-inch piece
- Paper, letter size
- White tacky glue
- Clothespins, about 6
1. Measure, mark and cut a 1-inch strip of white felt long enough to fit around child's head and leaving 1-inch overlap to secure. If necessary, cut two strips and piece them together with glue to make headband. Secure headband with clothespins until glue dries.
2. Fold paper in half lengthwise. Measure 3/4" up and 3/4" over from bottom of fold to make a tab. From this point, draw half an ear, about 9-inches long. Start with a rounded bottom and continue up, coming to a point at the top center fold.
3. Keeping the paper folded, cut out the ear shape to make an ear pattern. Then, draw a second, smaller ear shape inside the first. Cut the smaller ear shape out to make the inner ear pattern.
4. Using the patterns, trace and cut two ear shapes from white felt and two inner ear shapes from pink felt.
5. Glue pink inner ear shape to larger white ear shape to make ears. Secure with clothespins until dry.
6. Glue ears to the inside back of headband about 3 inches apart and tilted outward slightly. Use clothespins to secure in place until dry.
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