DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Mache Rabbit
- Egg carton cup
- Tape (masking or scotch),
- Tissue (optional),
- Mod podge, watered down glue or paper mache paste
- Poster paint (bunny colored... And who says you can't have a pink bunny!)
FORM THE HEAD:
Crumple up a ball of newspaper (about 1/4 of a sheet) and put it in the egg carton cup.
Tape the cup shut so the newspaper doesn't fall out.
FORM THE EARS:
Cut ears out of left over pieces of the egg carton container or anything else you have handy (cardboard, margarine container lids, etc).
Tape the ears to the head.
FORM THE BODY:
Take an entire sheet of newspaper and crumple it up so it forms an egg shape with a neck.
Wrap tape around it so it holds it's shape.
Tape the head to the neck.
FORM THE ARMS:
Take 1/2 a sheet of newspaper and roll it into a sausage. Tape
Bend the sausage into a U shape.
Wrap the sausage around the bunny's neck with the curve of the U at the back of the bunny. Tape it on.
FORM THE TAIL AND FEET
Use small pieces of newspaper and make balls. Tape them to hold their shape.
Tape the feet onto the bottom of the bunny and the tail onto the back.
This step is very important! Make sure you put the bunny on a flat surface and attach the feet and tail flush with the table. This will balance the bunny so it stands up.
Coat bunny with 1/2 and 1/2 glue and water solution, mod podge or paper mache paste.
Cover with 2 or 3 layers of toilet tissue or newspaper (tissue gives a bumpier texture than newspaper).
Paint your bunny. Use markers and white paint (or liquid paper in a pinch) to add details.
OPTION: instead of painting your bunny, you can make a decorative version by mod podging (or glue/ water solution) on patterned napkins or tissue paper. This makes a nice alternate (we did it with reindeer at Christmas time and used them as gifts!)