Easter Bunny Craft: Bunny Puppet
Ideal Gift for Parties: The Easter Bunny Puppet Pencil
The instructions in this article are for a simple to make Easter bunny decoration for a pencil.
The Bunny pencil can be used as a puppet and makes a great Easter gift for a child. It is so easy to make that you could do several for all children at an Easter gathering. If you prefer you could use a popsicle (ice lolly) stick instead of a pencil.
You can also vary the animals you create. A variety of different animals make a great set of homemade gifts for children's going-home bags at a birthday party.
Some other animals that are easy to do are pigs or cats. I have included instructions for how to easily draw a rabbit and a template that you can print out if you prefer. Either of these can easily be adapted for other animals. Just make the ears smaller for a cat or pig and make the pig's nose round instead of a triangle.
Felt Sheets available on Amazon
How to Make an Easter Bunny Pencil
For the bunny:
- White felt
- Pink felt
- One pencil (in any color.)
Equipment to make the bunny:
- Paper (for making template)
- A fiber tip pen for drawing out the shapes
- PVA glue
- Paper scissors
- Fabric scissors
(Tip: fabric needs sharper scissors than paper. If you cut paper with fabric scissors it will soon make them go blunt.)
1) The first thing you need to do is draw an outline for your bunny. Make it slightly bigger than you want the finished bunny to be.
If you want you can print out the drawing on the right and use it. It is the correct size for the bunny.
If you would like to draw your own bunny and want to get your template symmetrical, an easy way to do this:
- draw one side of its face and one ear
- fold the paper along the middle of the head
- cut both sides of the bunny's head together
(See photo below for more details of how to do this.)
2) Cut out the template you have drawn or printed off.
(The photograph opposite shows where to fold the template so that both sides are symmetrical.)
3) Fold a square of white felt to make 2 layers, then lay the template on the felt and draw round it.
4) Cut out the bunny, cutting through both layers of felt. You should cut inside the lines so that the edge of your bunny is white.
5) On the pink felt, draw out 2 inserts for the ears and one triangle shape for the nose. As with the main part of the head, you need to draw shapes slightly bigger than you will need. It is useful to start at the edge of the felt because this gives you a straight edge for the top of the nose and the ends of the ears.
6) Cut out the ear inserts and nose, making sure you have no black lines showing.
7) On one piece of the felt rabbit head, glue the inserts into place.This will be the front of the rabbit.
8) With a fine-tipped permanent marker or a fabric pen, draw on the eyes, mouth and whiskers.
9) Glue all over one side of the other piece of the rabbit's head, and then lay the pencil on it so that it comes about halfway up the head. Its top should be roughly where the top of the nose will be. Place a dab of glue on the pencil.
10) Stick the rabbit's face onto the lower piece of felt. You can adjust the pencil to get the best effect for the nose.
11) Because the upper piece of felt is not slightly raised, the lower layer will show around the edges of the face. Just trim the excess away.
A Much Loved Bunny Pencil Puppet
Your child will probably love his or her bunny pencil puppet for years, just like mine have done. The photo below shows the new puppet that I made today, alongside one my daughter has had for many years. It's not hard to tell which is which!
And finally, below the photo are instructions for a very easy way to draw a bunny, should you wish to do so.
Bunny Pencil Puppets Are Loved Forever!
Easy Way To Draw a Bunny
To Draw Your Own Bunny
If you would like to draw your own bunny face, but aren't confident of your drawing skills then follow these simple instructions.
1) First, draw a circle. This is very easy to do if you draw round something circular, such as a bottle lid. I use a small roll of Sellotape to draw round.
2) With a ruler, draw a line along the middle of the circle. Extend it well beyond the top. (This will make it easier when you come to draw the ears.)
3) Mark 2 points equal distances from the top of the line you have just drawn, and then using your ruler, draw 2 lines to touch the circle. (If you line your ruler up with the bottom of the circle, as shown in the photo this is easy to do!)
4) Shape your bunny ears. Start at the top and curve down towards the head. (It doesn't matter if you don't get it right first time because this will only be used for a template.)
I hope you enjoy your Easter Bunny Pencil Puppets as much as we do!