DIY Felt Easter Bunny Wall Decoration
This cute bunny wall decoration is a cheerful way to welcome family and friends to your home for spring. This bunny can be used as a holiday decoration for Easter, or as décor for a child's room or nursery all year long. This bunny can also be hung on an interior door as a welcome decoration for your home.
This project uses a frame with an oval opening to create the bunny form. I used a laser cut frame with an inside and outside oval shape. However, you can also use a basic rectangular frame as long as it has an oval opening. My frame had a 5 by 7 inch opening, but you can use a smaller frame to create a decoration to hang on a tree or give as a gift.
- A frame with an oval opening - size of your choice. If you choose a small frame, you may not be able to add as much detail to your bunny, but that's fine.
- Two pieces of felt for your bunny's head and ears (color of your choice). These pieces should be an inch bigger than your frame opening in every direction.
- (Optional) Pink felt for the interior of your bunny's ears
- Scrap fabric to dress your bunny
- Fiber fill to stuff your bunny shape
- Sewing needle and thread that matches your felt
- Other trimmings, ribbons, and buttons to finish your bunny's attire
- Your choice of embroidery supplies, buttons, pom poms, googly eyes, or fabric paint to create the bunny's face.
- A piece of cardboard (bigger than your oval opening) to use as a backing
- (Optional) Acrylic paint and brushes to paint your frame
- Glue sticks and a hot glue gun, along with white craft glue
- A pen that will mark on felt and some sharp scissors
1. Put your frame in the center of one (only one) of your pieces of felt for your bunny's face. Use a marking pen to carefully trace the inside of your oval frame on to the felt. I used a black marker so my tracing would show in these photos, but use a less noticeable pen if you can. Be sure to leave about one inch of fabric border around your traced shape.
2. Using any pen, now trace the inside oval of your frame on to a piece of cardboard. Cut out your oval tracing, leaving about a 1/2 inch border all around, and put it to the side.
3. Working with your felt fabric with the oval, use a marking pen to add a light line to mark where your bunny's head will end and the clothing will begin (see photo above). If your frame is small, you might want to just add a bow or some buttons. If this is the case, skip this step.
4. If you are sewing or drawing any of the facial details on your bunny, add them now. I used some simple embroidery stitches to give my bunny a smile and some whiskers. You could also use fabric paint or markers to draw on these features. If you are planning to glue on any details, wait until after Step 10 to glue them in place.
5. Put your two pieces of felt together with your bunny shape on top. Using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, sew your two pieces together following the line of your oval tracing. Leave a 2 inch opening for stuffing.
6. Stuff your bunny shape using fiber fill. Do not overstuff your shape. You just want it a little rounded to stick out of your frame opening.
7. Continue to sew around your oval tracing to complete your bunny shape.
8. Now begin to dress your bunny. You can create the look of clothes with fabric, or just add some details with a ribbon or some buttons.
I added some clothes without any sewing. First, I cut a piece of scrap fabric to fit under my bunny's collar. I attached this fabric by laying down a line of hot glue right under my marking line (see photo above). Then I added more hot glue around the rounded bottom of my bunny and pressed my fabric into place. I cut off the excess fabric, leaving about an inch of extra material.
9. I finished off my clothing by adding a lace edge to cover my cut fabric under the bunny's face. I just hot glued this lace in place.
10. Once you have all your clothing details in place, you can attach any facial features you want to add. I added some googly eyes and a pom pom for a nose. I found it easier to add these elements at this stage so they weren't in the way when I was trying to sew and stuff my bunny.
11. Trim any excess fabric so you only have about a one inch border all around
12. Size and print out the ear template above to make ears that are the proper size for your bunny's head. You will need the ears to be a bit long to create a tab to glue them in place.
13. Using the felt for your bunny, trace the outer ear template above to make two ears for your bunny. Cut out your outer ears and put them to the side.
14. (Optional) Using your pink felt, trace the inner ear template to make two colored insets for your bunny's ears. Then cut them out.
15. Use a thin line of hot glue or craft glue to attach the inner section of your bunny's ears to the outer section.
16. (Optional) You can paint your frame to coordinate with your bunny decoration. Let your frame dry completely before touching.
Assembling Your Bunny Decoration
17. Figure out where you want to position your bunny's ears. Be sure to evenly place them on your bunny's head.
18. When you have the ears where you want them, fold down your ears in place over your bunny's face (see photo above). Use a marking pen to indicate where you want your ears. You can outline the bottom edge of the ears on the outside fabric border of your bunny.
19. Using a small amount of hot glue, attach your bunny's ears to the outside fabric border of the head. Position the ears so they are folded down over your bunny's face as in the photo above.
20. Working quickly, run a line of hot glue around your bunny shape on the fabric border but close to your stitches.
21. Attach your frame over your bunny's body with the ears still folded over the face (see photo above). Make sure your bunny is centered in your oval frame opening. Press down firmly so that the glue holds your frame in place.
22. (Optional) If your frame has cut out openings like mine, turn your bunny over and trim any excess fabric so it does not show through from the front of your frame.
23. With your bunny face up, add a small amount of hot glue to your frame to attach your bunny's ears in the upright position.
24. Add a line of hot glue to the outside border of your cardboard oval. Glue this to the back of your frame, pressing firmly and covering your bunny form.
25. Add a hanger to your frame and enjoy displaying your bunny decoration in your home!
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