Easter Bunny & Carrot Banner

Hi friends and welcome back! I can not get enough of this gorgeous sunshine and warm temps. Did you survive last week’s string wrap-a-thon? No? Consider it a head start on next year’s decorating! If I didn’t challenge your patience last week, I might send you over the edge this week.

Here’s something you need to know about me. I’m not always a quick craft kinda girl. And I’m not even a super imaginative crafter. I cheat. And not only do I cheat, I’m cheap too. I see random things I like all the time. And I think I can totally rock it and make it myself for a fraction of the cost…. today is no exception.

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I admit I saw this in a store and ‘pffftttt‘ at it. “I can sooo do this”. And of course it turned out way better than the one in the store :).

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Like last week, all the materials needed can be found at your local dollar store, Walmart or Michael’s. Remember, that you don’t need to make this exactly as I have. Use this as your inspiration and add your own twist. You will need….

Rabbit and carrot template
white, orange and green felt
white, orange, green and black thread
ribbon
sisal string (could be plain, or coloured or maybe a really pretty ribbon)
black beads
poly stuffing or cotton balls
sewing machine/glue or hot glue gun/needle and thread

This project has a lot of different steps, which means that I could go on and on and on and on for-ev-er…. So, rather that blether on, and you possibly fall asleep while at your computer, and then faceplant onto the keyboard making the ‘C’ key repeat CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC….. and you drool and short circuit something, lemme just save you by giving you a lot of photos and minimal instruction. Besides, you’ve totally got this!

Like I said, this is a bit of a long project. To make it faster, I recommend using your sewing machine. Don’t have one? No worries, plug in your glue gun (because hot glue, billions of little glue strings and burnt fingers will make this more fun) or to draw the fun out even more, grab the regular tacky glue or needle and thread! In the photos I showed hand sewing using a blanket stitch. It’s an easy stitch, goes quickly and looks pretty. I recommend doing this over gluing, but you be the judge of your own skill and patience.

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Chocolate. You need chocolate to get you ‘motivated’!

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Start with your templates. I found this wooden one at Michael’s when gathering my supplies and knew the size and shape would work well. Go on line for shapes that you like of rabbit silhouettes if you can’t find any in the shops. The simpler the better. Being wood also held up well with tracing. For the carrot template, I made a small cone shape from card stock and went all free form with the carrot top. Just keep the rabbit and carrot roughly the same size.

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No parabolas formulas are needed today, but I totally suck at math so I’m not helping you on this! Figure out how long you want your banner to be, how many bunnies and carrots you want on it and how far apart they will be from each other. Oh, and don’t forget that you need double the amount of bunnies …. OMG, math is so exhausting!

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I suggest you NOT cut out more than two layers of felt at a time. *Tip* – trace out your shape on one piece of felt and then staple your layers together. This prevents the felt from shifting while you’re cutting, keeping the details sharp and your bunnies won’t lose any ears!

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OK, fast forward – you’ve now got all your templates cut out. Yay for you, you deserve a chocolate!

(If you’re not using the sewing machine, this is where a large tray on your lap comes in handy while you watch a marathon of Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey or all 10 seasons of Big Bang Theory…)

Double layer of bunnies. Machine sew/glue/hand sew around the edge but leave the bottom open. Yeesssss, take the staples out!

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Gently stuff your bunnies with batting or pulled apart cotton balls. A chopstick or crochet hook will help get the stuffing all the way to the tips. Gently push the stuffing – don’t cram!

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Close ‘er up!

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Ooooo look! Chocolate! Yes please!

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Attach the green tops to the carrot by slightly overlapping and using a running stitch through the base of the green, leaving long ends.

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Close up the side of the carrot and gently stuff.

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Tie ‘er up!

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(Chocolate time!!)

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Sew/glue on eyes on BOTH side of bunny.

Mmmmmmmmmm, choc-o-late!

Bow tie time! Go on Pinterest to find out how to make perfect little bows using a fork (wait – whaaaaat???). It has been repinned a bazillion times so I’m not sure who the original, but BRILLIANT, author is. Shout out to whoever you are! Trust me when I say it’s easier to view those versions than any photos I could post of my clumbsy hands trying to do it! You’re welcome!

Make ONE for every bunny.

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Just ooonnne more!

By now you are either in a chocolate coma or climbing the walls after rewarding yourself along the way. Time to step back from the edge and put your thinking cap on. You need to lay out your bunnies and carrots to decide if you want ALL the bunnies going in ONE DIRECTION or if you want them to ALTERNATE.

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Once you’ve decided which way the bunnies will go, while still in place, put a little dot where the bow tie will go. (I KNOW you’re smart enough to know, but you’re still on a sugar high and might go rogue with that glue gun…) That dot will remind you where to put the bow tie in case you jump up suddenly because you’re bladder can’t wait another minute or the cat decided that those cute little bunnies needed some sense batted into them or you DID go rogue with that glue gun and you’ve burnt your fingers – again, and you ended up scattering those poor little creatures all over the floor. See? I got your back 🙂

Attach the bow.

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Attach the carrot and bunny, alternating, on to the string. Do your own math. Or eyeball it. Whatever you want. It’s all good! I would sew them on to the string – but I think you might be at the end of your rope, because, well, you are kinda strung out by now 🙂

Just a reminder that Easter hunts are not a competitive or contact sport so take it easy around the kids. If you ask nicely, I’m sure they’ll share with you!! Happy Easter friends! Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Disclaimer: All inspirations, words, photos and opinions are my own. I bought the chocolate (and my husband ate them) but wasn’t paid to do so!!

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