Making a cotton-ball bunny is a fun way to celebrate Easter or spring, and it is a rainy-day activity that the whole family can enjoy. Kids love the texture of the soft cotton balls, and they will enjoy creating something new out of ordinary household objects. Use your cotton-ball bunny to adorn the dinner table, as a dinner-party gift, or as a decoration for a child’s bedroom. You can complete this project in an afternoon, with just a few easy-to-find supplies.
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Things you need
- Large empty can, such as a potato-chip canister
- 100 cotton balls
- White acrylic paint
- Two 12-inch pipe cleaners
- White tissue paper
- Pink tissue paper
- White construction paper
- Wiggle eyes
Wash and dry the empty canister. Paint the outside of the can with a thin coat of white acrylic paint, and allow the can to dry for 2 hours.
Glue a layer of cotton balls to the entire exterior surface of the paint can. Begin at the bottom, working in horizontal rows, so that each row of cotton balls can help to support the row above it.
Cut two long triangles, about 13 inches long, from a piece of white tissue paper. Cut two slightly smaller triangles, about 12 inches long, from a piece of pink tissue paper. These will become the ears.
Glue a 12-inch stem of pipe cleaner lengthwise to each triangle of pink paper, and glue a white triangle behind the stem, so that the top of the white triangle overlaps the top of the pink triangle.
Glue the ears in place on the top of the can, and curve the pipe cleaner stem slightly forward for a more lifelike appearance.
Glue four cotton balls in a cluster on each side of the can, about a third of the distance from the top, to make cheeks.
Glue a single additional cotton ball above the cheeks to make a nose. Cut a small circle of pink tissue paper to cover the tip of the nose, and glue the paper in place.
Remove the paper backing from the wiggly eyes and attach them just above the nose, about a finger's-width apart. Reinforce the eyes with glue, if necessary.
Cut two small rectangles from white construction paper, and glue these in place, tucked under the cheeks. These are the teeth.
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