A Honey of a Garden Bunny
Caught red-handed - or should we say carrot-handed? A li'l garden bunny sits for a spell amongst a garden pot of veggies.
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Mary Jo Hodson
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Eggs: one each 3-1/16" x 2-15/16" and 3-13/16" x 2-13/16"
- Tapered pot insert, 5-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2"
- OR Block, 8" x 4" x 2"
- 6" clay pot
- Carrot seed garden marker
- Jumbo loopy chenille: beige, 5 yds.; white, 1/3 yd.
- Pom pom, 1/2" pink
- Black eyes, 12mm, two
- Straw hat, 6"
- Navy homespun fabric, 12" x 16"
- Fusible web, 12" x 16"
- 5/8" black wire-edge ribbon, 2/3 yd.
- Artificial vegetable picks including carrots,
- tomatoes, peppers, and pea pods, two
- Artificial grasshopper or bug
- Silk florals: assorted spring flowers, one stem; ivy, one bush
- Green raffia, small amount
- Sphagnum moss, 1 oz.
- Jute cord, 2-1/3 yds.
- Craft sticks, two
- Floral pins
- 1. Glue foam pot insert to clay pot (if using foam block, trimblock to fit pot; glue in place).
- 2. Make bunny's head by cutting a point in both ends of acraft stick. Push one end into wide end of small egg, lettingit extend 2" from foam. Glue to secure.
- 3. Cut four 3" and four 3-1/2" lengths of beige loopychenille. Attach 3-1/2" lengths evenly spaced to small egg,pinning chenille at narrow and wide ends of egg. Pin 3"lengths to fill in between longer ones.
- 4. Make bunny's body by cutting 3/4" from wide end of largeegg to flatten bottom; use serrated knife waxed with candlestub to cut foam. Cut points in ends of remaining craft stick.Insert one end in flat bottom of large egg 3/4" from edge.Glue to secure, letting it extend 2-3/4" from foam.
- 5. Cut three 5" and five 4" lengths of beige loopy chenille.Follow Step 3 to attach 5" lengths, then 4" lengths to egg,leaving a dime-size circle of foam uncovered at narrow end.
- 6. Join head to body by inserting craft stick from small egg intonarrow end of large egg. Glue craft stick to secure. Glue hat to head.
- 7. Loosely roll two 3" lengths of beige loopy chenille intoballs for cheeks and glue side by side to bottom of head. Gluepink pom pom nose and black bead eyes to face just abovecheeks (refer to photo).
- 8. Cut following lengths of loopy chenille: two 10" ears; two11" arms; two 16" legs. Fold each length in half and twistends together to secure. Using T-pins and glue, attach bodyparts to bunny as specified. Pin ears to center top ofhead/hat, 1" apart, curling tips of ears over brim. Pin armsto sides of body just below neck and bend ends forward. Pinlegs to center bottom front of body. Shape in a sittingposition, bending and twisting legs at knees and feet.
- 9. Roll white loopy chenille into a ball. Glue and pin tocenter bottom back of body for a tail.
- 10. Iron fusible web to wrong side of homespun fabric,following manufacturer's instructions. Using pattern, cut vestfrom fused fabric. Cut slits for arm openings where indicated.Place vest on bunny and pin just below chin.
- 11. Tie wire-edge ribbon in a bow around bunny's neck.
- 12. Attach bunny body to clay pot, inserting craft stickextension into foam insert near back. Reshape legs as desired,letting one hang down over pot rim (refer to photo).
- 13. Insert flower and vegetable picks into pot in front ofbunny between legs (refer to photo). Secure with glue. Cut acarrot from a vegetable pick and glue it to end of bunny'sright arm. Insert carrot seed garden stake into pot in frontof opposite arm. Wrap arm around stake and glue. Glue acluster of green raffia to left side of pot behind bunny. Gluegrasshopper or bug to bunny's hat.
- 14. Glue assorted lengths of ivy to fill in arrangement asdesired, letting some drape over sides of clay pot (refer tophoto). Glue floral moss to cover any exposed foam.
- 15. Form a multi-loop bow from a 1-1/2 yd. length of jute.Secure bow at center with a floral pin and attach to foam atfront of pot, slightly off-center. Repeat to form small bowfrom remaining jute and attach between vegetable picks.
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