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Make an Adorable Bunny Costume for Easter or Halloween

Updated on September 16, 2015

Make Your Own Bunny Costume and Save Money!

Who needs to spend too much money on a generic, boring bunny costume that is probably uncomfortable, hot, and itchy to boot? Make your own rabbit costume quickly and easily, and delight the little Easter Bunny in your life! (She can even help with some parts!)

Supplies to Make Your Own Easter Bunny Costume

White Shirt, White Pants: That's the Base of Your Costume. If the Weather is Still Cool, Make it Sweats.

White shirt, white pants: That's the base of your costume. If the weather is still cool, make it sweats.
White shirt, white pants: That's the base of your costume. If the weather is still cool, make it sweats.

Easter Bunny Costume Supplies: Craft Pom-Poms and Felt Sheets for Your Bunny Costume.

Chenille Kraft Felt Sheet (colors may vary)
Chenille Kraft Felt Sheet (colors may vary)

Pink felt makes a simple no-sew costume!

 

A Sheet of Pink Felt, a Giant Pom-Pom, and Bunny Ears Will Complete the Costume.

A sheet of pink felt, a giant pom-pom, and bunny ears will complete the costume.
A sheet of pink felt, a giant pom-pom, and bunny ears will complete the costume.

Starting Your Easter Bunny Costume

Find a Plate (or Other Round Object) That Fits the Size of Your Bunny-to-Be's Tummy.

Find a plate (or other round object) that fits the size of your bunny-to-be's tummy.
Find a plate (or other round object) that fits the size of your bunny-to-be's tummy.

Use the Plate as a Template to Trace and Cut a Circle From the Pink Felt.

Use the plate as a template to trace and cut a circle from the pink felt.
Use the plate as a template to trace and cut a circle from the pink felt.

Embroidery Thread in a Slightly Darker Pink is an Attractive Way to Finish the Tummy.

Embroidery thread in a slightly darker pink is an attractive way to finish the tummy.
Embroidery thread in a slightly darker pink is an attractive way to finish the tummy.

Attaching the Easter Bunny Costume Tummy

The pink tummy is what makes the bunny costume!

The cut edge of felt won't fray, which is why we use it for this costume: No need for a finished edge!

I used a blanket stitch, which makes a pretty outline pattern around the pink tummy circle and is very quick and easy to do (see steps below). However, if you want something even simpler, do a simple running stitch (in-out-in-out) around the edge of the tummy circle.

A darker shade of pink complements the pink circle nicely with a pretty stitch like the blanket stitch, but if you use a running stitch it will look nicer to match the color of the pink felt more closely so that it will be less visible.

A third and even simpler way to attach the felt tummy is with fabric glue.

Tummy-Attaching Supplies: Attach the Tummy With Fabric Glue or Embroidery Thread.

Janlynn Jumbo Pack 105 Skein Embroidery Floss
Janlynn Jumbo Pack 105 Skein Embroidery Floss

Choose embroidery floss in a complementary or contrasting color to the pink tummy.

 
Clover Gold Eye Embroidery Needle Sz 3/9
Clover Gold Eye Embroidery Needle Sz 3/9

Embroidery needles make attaching the tummy easy.

 
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce

The simplest way to attach the felt tummy to the costume is fabric glue.

 

Blanket Stitch for Easter Bunny Tummy

Blanket Stitch, Steps 1 & 2: Bring Thread Out at Edge of Circle. Go Back in a Quarter-Inch From the Edge.

Blanket Stitch, steps 1 & 2: Bring thread out at edge of circle. Go back in a quarter-inch from the edge.
Blanket Stitch, steps 1 & 2: Bring thread out at edge of circle. Go back in a quarter-inch from the edge.

Blanket Stitch: Steps 1 & 2

Attaching the bunny costume tummy with a blanket stitch.

See picture above.

First pin the circle to the shirt on the tummy area. Don't pin the back side to the front!

1. Start from inside the T-shirt. Bring the thread out just at the edge of the circle, not catching the material of the circle.

2. Move the needle slightly to the left, and into the circle about 1/8", and insert the needle. Do not pull the thread tight yet (and don't catch the back side of the shirt with your thread, either)!

Steps 3 & 4: Bring Thread Out at the Edge Again and Catch it Inside the Loop Before Pulling it Tight.

Steps 3 & 4: Bring thread out at the edge again and catch it inside the loop before pulling it tight.
Steps 3 & 4: Bring thread out at the edge again and catch it inside the loop before pulling it tight.

Steps 3 & 4 of the Blanket Stitch

See picture above.

3. Bring the thread back out, again at the edge of the circle, without catching the circle material but in line with your last stitch going into the circle.

4. Since you did not pull the previous stitch tight, there is a big loop of thread. Make sure the needle comes out in the middle of this loop. Now pull the stitch tight.

Step 5 for Blanket Stitch: Continue Around Edge.

Step 5 for blanket stitch: Continue around edge.
Step 5 for blanket stitch: Continue around edge.

If You Run Out of Thread, Go Back in Where You Just Came Out, and Knot Underneath. Start the New Thread in the Same Spot.

If you run out of thread, go back in where you just came out, and knot underneath. Start the new thread in the same spot.
If you run out of thread, go back in where you just came out, and knot underneath. Start the new thread in the same spot.

Blanket Stitch: Final Step

See picture above.

5. As you pull the thread tight, the loop you left in the previous stitch will form an angle. As you continue around the edge of the circle, you will be outlining it in stitches.

The Whole Thing Takes About Ten Minutes, and You Have a Pretty, Finished Bunny Tummy!

The whole thing takes about ten minutes, and you have a pretty, finished bunny tummy!
The whole thing takes about ten minutes, and you have a pretty, finished bunny tummy!

Fluffy Easter Bunny Tail

Sew the Pom-Pom Tightly. Put the Thread Back in Right Where it Came out, so it won't Criss-Cross and Flatten the Fluff.

Sew the pom-pom tightly. Put the thread back in right where it came out, so it won't criss-cross and flatten the fluff.
Sew the pom-pom tightly. Put the thread back in right where it came out, so it won't criss-cross and flatten the fluff.

Finished Easter Bunny

Finished Bunny Costume!

Finished bunny costume!
Finished bunny costume!

Bunny Ears: Can't We Make Our Own Bunny Ears Too?

Yes, you can. But, quite frankly, it is a lot of work for a result that won't look as nice as a $2 pair of ears. It involves a headband, cutting up a coat hanger, probably a little swearing, and lots of fabric glue or maybe even real sewing!

Easter Basket

Prettier Easter baskets . . . for less money!

Frugalicious Tip: Instead of a cheap basket that you'll throw away, get a nice basket. After Easter, hit a second-hand store and find one that's barely used for pennies! Next, go to the craft store and find some nice, crinkly, paper grass—not that nasty plastic stuff! Find a color that complements your new basket.

Now, when Easter is over—the candy eaten and the toys broken—get a giant plastic-zippered baggie, put all the paper grass into the baggie, and store it inside the basket until next year! The crinkly-cut paper grass weaves together so it is simple to lift it out as a single unit and stuff into the baggie.

Kids' Face Painting Supplies

Crafty Dab Face Paint Push-Up Crayons - Pearl Colors
Crafty Dab Face Paint Push-Up Crayons - Pearl Colors

Pink lipstick or cream blush for the nose, brown eyeliner for whiskers, and a line down below the nose and across the upper lip will be the finishing touch for your own Easter Bunny!

 

Here Comes Peter Cottontail: This Is an Hysterical and Hysterically Bad Rendition of Peter Cottontail, by a Bunch of Plastic Easter Egg Marionettes!

Make a Boy's Rabbit Costume

Alter colors to make a boy's rabbit costume with a brown felt tummy, white or brown shirt, and pants.

All photos copyright © tandemonimom. All rights reserved.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent idea! I have everything I need for this costunme at home so this will save me some money! :-)

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Adorable! I have a bunny costume myself. I used to dress up for holidays when I taught aerobics.

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Not only adorable but simple to make as well. What child wouldn't want the change to be a bunny?

      Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      So sweet

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      Very nice, squid angel blessed and lensrolled -:)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great idea. She is a lovely model for this too.

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      So very cute, blessed.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Terrific info! I've lensrolled this to my "Bunny Costumes For Women" lens!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      you have a lovely daughter! and i love everything DIY! cheers

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Adorable and precious indeed!!!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      A great costume and an adorable model.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      So simple and so sweet! Congratulations on the purple star.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is great instructions for making an Adorable Easter Bunny Outfit and what a precious model you have. Lensrolled to Easter Event in Pendleton SC and please add to the plexo there if you would like. I think I could even make this so Thank you for such wonderful directions.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      adorable Easter bunny costume!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a cute costume! I'll go with it for this halloween! Bigger version!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You saved me, I needed a costume for tomorrow, for my son's school, and a brown rabbit is a great idea for a boy, specially one so easy and when I have everything at home, I'll make the ears :)

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      You know my dear -- yes I am going with that sexy cat costume although I do still have some great other costumes in my closet. And, I'm seriously thinking it is gonna be a bunny -- a sexy bunny next!!!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      That is so cute! Returning the lensroll to my How to Make a Cow Costume lens!

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      MarkBurchell 8 years ago

      Loving the lens! Also thank you for adding me to your recommended list.

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      Chris 8 years ago from Katy

      Great lens, welcome to the group, even added you to the front page.

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      ratopiangirl 8 years ago

      That's my little sister, all right!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You daughter is a cutie. What a wonderful lens. I enjoyed the step-by-step instructions along with pictures of each step. This took a lot of work, and it shows. Welcome also to the group, "Holidays Galore!"

      Margaret

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      This is a great costume just about anyone could make! Welcome to the "Crafts for Creative People" group.

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      groovyoldlady 8 years ago

      Wow...EXCELLENT LENS! Thorough, simple, well-illustrated. 5 stars!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for hoppin on over and into Easter Time Headquarters!

      Brenda

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great picture, great project, great bunny = a wonderful lens! I did not know there is an Easter Bunny Princess but now I do!

      We actually still have a couple of pairs of those ears although no teenage guy is going to be caught dead dressing as a bunny...but there must be boy bunnies!?!

      Thanks for including the link to Easter Time Headquarters and don't forget to submit your lens so that I can accept it into the group! How did you know the Easter Bunny section is empty???

      Brenda

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Yes, she is adorable and what a cute, easy bunny costume! Love the step by step instructions.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      This bunny costume is the perfect outfit for my little Sierra to wear trick or treating next year!