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Monday, 4 April 2011
 This post is a reprint from March 2009. Enjoy!
We started out to paint our wooden nesting egg. But since we had the paints out, I went sifting through my stash of supplies for more wooden things and unearthed 4 wooden mini bowling pins (available at most craft/ hardware stores that carry wooden craft pieces).

Jackpot! A little more digging and we had the makings of some very cool bunnies!

My assistant is 3.5 and a bath after the painting phase and few reminders not to flick her brushes and we were good to go. Of course, I handled sealant, scissors and hot glue.
Our nesting eggs are pictured here, too (also a cool craft!).


  • mini wooden bowling pins (sample)
  • 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!


My Life Under the Bus said...

What a cute idea!

Happy Monday!

HarmlessColor said...

She's a cutie!

Unknown said...

(Hard to believe how much little ones change in 2 years!!)

Suzie said...

These are darling. I love finding crafts my daughter (3 y.o.) can participate in that still function in the end. :)

Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

Gorgeous bunnies! I love that the kids can paint them but then mom adds the face and you can tell that it's a bunny but it's still their creation. =)

MamieCo said...

These are really cute! I think they would make great cats as well by changing the ear shape. My little guy is totally into kitties right now, so he would LOVE this craft project. :)

Kasia said...

this is a wonderful idea! I like things that are functional, because if one makes so much stuff, one day you have no place to put all somewhere. When the things we make are decorative and functional at the same time one finds the right place:)
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