Simple Easter Craft: How to Make Bunny Peg Dolls
As of March 1, we were doing a no spend month. Within that time, I had some blog hops coming up for different projects and I was excited about the chance to stretch my creative muscles and come up with some projects using only what I had on hand. However, with the Coronavirus and my desire to help some of the smaller businesses and restaurants out there, we’ve called no-spend off for now. This project was created before all of this happened, and I am proud to say that I crafted these little guys using things I already had in my craft stash. While I am proud of that, I am a little embarrassed that I had all this unused stuff in my supply bins. Truth be told, I ordered these little wooden peg dolls a few years ago after I had so much fun making chicken ornaments. In my defense, I became pregnant, had a baby, moved to a new state… there wasn’t much time for crafting. Anyhow, I am thrilled that I finally came up with a fun use for these little guys with this super simple Easter craft and today I am going to teach you how to make bunny peg dolls. There are actually several of us sharing fun Easter crafts today, so be sure to check the bottom of this post for all of the links, and thanks to my friend Krista for hosting. (A note about affiliate links: I carefully select useful and budget friendly pieces for my home and am excited to share those with you through these links. I do earn a small commission made through qualifying purchases, and appreciate that support as it helps me continue to run my blog! I’ve added shoppable links below each section for you, as well as a source list at the bottom of this post.)
Note: These peg dolls have small parts and are not intended for children under the age of 3.
- wooden peg dolls
- tan felt
- white paint pen
- black gel pen
- hot glue gun/glue
- flower paper punch
- craft paper
Note that the photo shows brads… I did not use those after all!
- Use the white paint pen to paint two little circles that abut each other on what will become the face. Allow to dry, and repeat if you need another coat. I applied two coats here.
- Again using the white paint pen, create white bellies on the bunny peg doll body. I ended up doing 3 coats here. As you can see, I created a curved shape at the top and widened towards the bottom until I came to the base of the peg doll.
- Once the white paint has thoroughly dried, use the black gel pen to draw a face including a nose, mouth, eyes and whiskers. To create a girl bunny, I added lashes, and to create a boy bunny, I added a bowie and buttons. You can get creative and do whatever you want, and you don’t need to be sexist as I am with my bunnies. 😉
- To create ears, use your black pen or a black marker to create an outline slightly larger than the actual ear size you want on your felt. You will be cutting inside this line so you don’t have black on the actual ear.
- Cut out all of your ears.
- Add a small dot of hot glue at the bottom of each ear, and fold the ear in half there, holding in place until the glue hardens.
- After the glue hardens, your ears will look like the image below. Be sure to use your scissors and cut off any excess glue that may have oozed out the bottom. (By the way, I really hate that word, “ooze.” Eeew.) As you can see, glue leaked out a bit, so that needed to be trimmed off before I could add the ear to my peg doll.
- Add a small dot of hot glue to the bottom of the ear, and glue in place on your peg doll. I don’t think I need to say this, but just in case, add two ears to each. 😉
- If you would like to add a flower to a bunny, simply use your paper punch to punch out a flower. Fold the petals up slightly. Add a tiny glue dot to the back of the flower and glue it in place.
Once you have your ears and flowers glued in place, you are done! Now enjoy your little cuties
Because I have a toddler who isn’t quite 2 yet, these bunnies are just for show in our house. I made 4 total and I have two on my kitchen shelves as you can see here.
These little bunnies were so easy to make, especially in using the gel pen to add those little faces and details! My daughter is a pen aficionado, and she is the one who recommended the papermate inkjoy. Next year when Wilder is a little older, I plan to create more little animals for him. After all, I still have a big stash of wooden peg dolls to put to use. 😉
This week I’m joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Easter projects, decor ideas, and crafts with you. Be sure to see what they are sharing by clinking the links below the images.
Easter Mantel Decor with Free Printable Easter Art at The Happy Housie
Simple Easter Brunch Table at Finding Silver Pennies
Spring Flower Pot Cakes at Satori Design for Living
Dollar Store Wooden Box Centerpiece at Craftberry Bush
Free Easter Activity Booklet for Kids at The DIY Mommy
Wood Slice Easter Craft for Kids at She Gave it a Go
Free Printable Easter Banner at Happy Happy Nester
DIY Easter Egg Salt and Pepper at Life is a Party
Kid Friendly Easter Table at The Tattered Pew
Black & White Easter Vignette and Printable at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Easter Bunny Peg Dolls at Cassie Bustamante
DIY Spring Artwork at Love Create Celebrate
DIY Authentic Easter Eggs at Zevy Joy
Modern Classic Easter Table at Cherished Bliss