If you are like me and you have kept your little ones’ first pyjamas, dresses or colourful vests with the intention of turning them into something pretty one day but ended up never taking them out of the box, then this little project is for you!
The good news is it takes very little time or effort and the result is fab (if I may say so myself!).
The children wanted to make something earlier this week, and after a serious lack of inspiration, I thought we could do with brightening up the middle room (it gets gloomy and dark) with some seasonal decorations. Crevette wanted to make something Easter-inspired, so we decided to go for a colourful bunny garland to attach to the large mirror in our dining room.
I find it really rewarding when we make something pretty that gives old stuff a second life. Upcycling and being creative with materials do not need to be time-consuming or tedious!
There are lots of ways in which children can be involved in this activity, making the garland even more special and we are definitely keeping ours for years to come after it comes down!
Sticking down washi tape following a simple pattern (we only used 4 different patterns) is a nice exercise for children. Crevette enjoyed doing that.
Jumpy (3 years 4 months) also had a go at using the scissors on the felt/card, showing off her motor skills. Look at her concentration! She was really pleased with herself as she was cutting bits of felt.
Beanie (5 years 5 months) chose a pattern and put the bunnies in order, carefully following her pattern.
Wriggly (1 year 8 months) helped me stick the bunnies’ fluffy tails.
Without further ado, here is how to make a funky bunny garland.
What you need:
Template (download it here: Colourful Easter Garland)
A4 card, in white or assorted colours
Scraps of fabric, paper, washi tape, kids’ old sleepsuits, in colours that complement each other (be creative!)
Cotton balls or pom-poms (optional)
What to do:
Start by printing the template onto 5 pieces of card. If your card is coloured on one side and white on the other, make sure you print the template on the coloured side.
Using PVA glue mixed with a little water, brush over the other side of the card and stick your chosen fabric, felt or scraps of paper. It will be sticky and go through the fabric, but it will dry fine. Leave to dry on a flat surface overnight.
Make sure the whole piece of card is covered in glue without being soaked in it.
Once you have applied the fabric onto it, smooth it down so that it dries evenly.
Cut the rabbits on the inside of the template (so no lines show when all cut).
Decide where you want to hole-punch the rabbits. Although the garland is more stable if you pierce through the base of the ears, I found it prettier to have the string through just under the bunnies’ necks.
Thread through your chosen string or ribbon.
Add fluffy tails of you wish to, using PVA glue.
Find a nice spot for your garland!
If you are looking for quick and easy activities to do on a rainy day with your children, why not try our washi tape cards, toilet paper roll bunnies, reindeer lanterns, cute button card, paper cup dragon, finger painting, bath painting, thumbprint art, heart-themed crafts, an embroidered canvas , a stained-glass picture or even make your own play dough?
Disclosure: Bostik sent us a selection of crafting supplies free of charge as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers’ Club. All photos and copy are my own.