Last time we threw my youngest daughter a birthday party, she was too young to contribute much more to the decorations and little crafty details beyond choosing a theme she liked. This year, however, she’s a little older and more mature, and she’s also honed her crafting skills slightly since her last birthday. That’s why, when she decided not only that she wanted a bunny rabbit themed birthday party but also that she wanted to try and help me make some of the decorative details, I immediately started trying to think of easy bunny themed DIY projects we could do together that would suit a birthday party. She’s been pretty into fabric based crafts lately even though she’s not quite ready to learn how to properly sew larger projects yet, and thinking about that detail is how I came up with these cute and very easy lollipop holder felt bunnies that we decided to put in the goodie bags we made for each friend that came to celebrate with her.
The bunnies were such a hit with the kids that I started getting questions from their parents right away. Some kids slid the bunnies onto the ends of their homework pencils after eating the lollipops while others used them as finger puppets. I decided that I simply must show other people how they were made so they could try them out too. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos or, if you’re more of a visual learner, scroll to the bottom of this post to find a video tutorial instead.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Felt fabric (white or grey, black, and beige)
- Needle and thread
- Glue stick
- Bunny template (you can find one here)
- Cotton pom pom
- Googly eyes
Gather your materials! I printed my template out beforehand.
Cut the pieces of your template out! The one on the left that has a black outline, white body, and blue features is just a guideline to shower you how all the pieces eventually assemble. You want to cut out the white full body outline on the right and the individual blue features in the centre.
Take your beige coloured felt piece and lay it flat on your worktop. On the piece, lay down your bunny’s two inner ears, muzzle, and feet. Space them out so you have enough room to trace between them and then use your marker to outline each shape onto the felt around the edge of each paper piece. Set the piece aside for the moment. You’ll also want to place your tiny heart-shaped nose piece onto a scrap of black felt (even if you don’t have any marker or pen that will trace onto the place; the shape can still mark the shape and its size for you in a moment when you start cutting pieces out).
Repeat the tracing process, but this time outline the arms, back finger band, and full body on your white felt instead.
Use your scissors to cut out all of the pieces you traced onto both colours of felt, and also the little heart shaped nose that you placed onto your black scrap piece.
Use your needle and some black thread to add whiskers to your bunny’s muzzle on each side. Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end (you don’t need very long pieces in this step) so that you cannot pull it all the way through the felt. On each side, poke your needle through to the front from the back three times, cutting each stitch off on the front without ever bringing it through again to the back. This will make a little loose string anchored in the felt that looks like a whisker. Do this three times on each side, in a gently sloping vertical line up each edge. The knots will be anchored in place when you glue all your pieces together, so they whiskers won’t slide back out.
Use your glue stick to stick on all of your bunny’s facial features and details. This is where the colour coded outline that came printed on your template will come in handy. Remember to add your googly eyes in just above the heart shaped nose but just below the ears.
Use your marker to draw your bunny a smile on the muzzle, beginning at the tip of the little heart nose and curving up and out to the side.
Now you’ll glue your bunny’s arms into place, but you’ll only stick them down at the shoulder, not all the way down. You need the lengths of the arms and the paws to be loose so you can create an open loop that will hold the lollipop around the stick when you slide it into the bunny’s grip. Apply glue at the top end of each arm and stick it down at the should on each side. Then apply glue to the underside of one arm’s free end, where the bunny’s paw would be, and stick it down on top of the other arm’s end at the paw. Your bunny is now ready to hold things.
Turn your bunny over and stick the cotton tail on the back, in the centre halfway between the feet on the bottom half. Then apply glue to each end of the finger band and stick the ends down a little closer together than if you were going to place the band down horizontally and flat; this will help it stick up a little in order to leave room for a finger so that the bunny can be worn as a finger puppet.
Slide a lollipop through the bunny’s hands!
That’s really all there is to it. In addition to being an adorable project in general, it’s also a great starter craft for young kids who have an interest in fabric crafts and sewing but don’t yet have experience with even threading a needle or doing simple hand stitching. Just in case you’d like to try this project out for yourself, here’s a fantastic tutorial video to help you!