If your children are crafty kids or are big fans of the Easter bunny then they will love this easy recycled craft idea. A great way to use up an old egg carton, this kid's craft project is perfect for keeping little fingers busy during the Easter holidays and will result in a hoppy little friend to help hunt for Easter eggs!
How to make Ruby the Rabbit
Hoppity, hoppity, hoppity hop, but where’s she hopping to? Ruby’s quite forgetful and hasn’t got a clue!
You will need
Cotton (wool) ball
Paints in colors of your choice for rabbit fur, and white and red
Glue (tacky glue is best)
Small scissors (optional)
Fine black felt-tip or gel pen
1. Roughly cut a whole cone from the egg carton. Use a pencil and ruler to mark 1¼ in. (3 cm) down from the top on one side and draw a line across. Draw another line on the opposite side, ¾ in. (2 cm) from the top. Join them with sloping lines either side.
2. To cut out the body, snip up two adjacent corners to the pencil line, fold the flap back, and cut it off—it's now easier to cut along the rest of the line.
3. Copy the ears template onto a piece of the egg carton lid and cut out the teardrop shape. Then draw on the ears using the dotted lines on the template as a guide, and snip out the small piece of card between them.
4. There are two options for attaching the ears. The first (and easiest) is to brush glue on the bottom part of the ears and stick them just behind the top of the cone (on the longer side). When dry, bend the ears back slightly. Go to step 6.
5. Or, you can make a slot for the ears. Use the small scissors to pierce a hole just behind the top of the cone, on the longer side—keep the scissors closed, press down carefully, and twist gently from side to side to make a hole. Snip the slot to make it wide enough to fi t the bottom part of the ears. Dab some glue inside the cone behind the slot, and push the ears into place.
6. When the glue is dry, paint your rabbit any color you like, remembering to paint both sides of the ears. When touch dry, use a fi ne paintbrush to add a white fluffy chest. Mix pink from red and white, and paint a line inside each ear.
7. For the tail, pull off a tiny piece of cotton ball and roll it into a little ball between your finger and thumb. Glue it to the back of the body near the base.
8. When the paint is dry, use the fine black pen to draw eyes below the ears and a twitchy nose right on the edge of the cone top.
This project is taken from Make Your Own Farm Animals and More by Tracey Radford.