Woven Paper Bunnies

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Welcome to a fun (an non-messy) Easter art project where you get to weave paper into bunnies.

This one is a little on the crafty side, but it’s good weaving practice, and it’s fun to choose which colors you want to pair together. It’s based on Danish woven paper hearts.

Woven Paper Bunny Project from Artchoo.com

Now. Since you are weaving with paper instead of fabric, and it is less flexible, you will have to bend the paper somewhat during the weaving stage. We’ll get to that later on though.

Materials:

Instructions: 

I tried to show each step clearly in the photos, but if you get stuck with the weaving, this site shows the technique well in illustrations. Plus the translated Danish is funny to read.

1. Cut two long strips from two different colors of paper. I used a thin metal ruler for the width of our strips and cut them together with a craft knife.

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2. Still holding the strips together, fold them in half length-wise.

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3. Still, still holding them together, round the ends with scissors. Free-hand it or use something like the bottom of a cup to trace around if you want a nice, even rounded edge.

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4. Take one strip and lay it over the other strip perpendicular and at the bottom, as shown. Lightly draw a line with a pencil where they meet, but make sure to leave a little extra space at the bottom- you’ll need a little wiggle room when you are weaving the paper together.

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5. Fold the strips back together, and cut three even cuts in them from the bottoms up to the line.

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6. Now it’s weaving time! Hold them perpendicular at the bottoms and start weaving in the top strip from the right piece: Around the first strip, through the middle strip, around the third strip. Continue weaving with the other two strips. It will probably take your kids a few tries to figure this out, because you need to sort of wiggle and bend the paper strips as you are weaving them.

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7. Cut out your eyes, nose and whiskers and glue ’em on! We used a little hole punch for the eyes.

Woven Paper Bunny Project from Artchoo.com

You might also like this Easter egg string craft. 

This project was inspired by the coolest book I’ve seen in a while- I got it from the library and din’t want to give it back, so I ordered one from Amazon: Magic Books and Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith. It’s one of those books that you flip over, so the magic books projects are accessed from one side and the paper toys from the other. I want to make everything in it, so you’ll be seeing more projects based on those I found in here….

Magic Books and Paper Toys

 

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10 Comments

  1. 03/18/2013 / 7:04 am

    These are super cute – but a little too involved for a simpleton like me. They are super cute though.

    I will pin and ponder.

    Thanks for the awesome idea!

  2. 03/18/2013 / 7:45 pm

    Adorable! And not too difficult! How did you come up with this?!

  3. 03/19/2013 / 1:46 pm

    What a cute take on the woven paper hearts. Love it. 🙂

  4. Charlotte from AZ
    05/05/2014 / 3:27 pm

    These woven bunnies are sooooo cute! I will be pinning them to do later!
    Your tutorial was excellent!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gloria Luther
    05/02/2016 / 10:29 am

    Great idea! Your tutorial is excellent. This would be a great project for K-2nd graders. Thanks

    • 05/04/2016 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks so much! Ooh, I need to make these with my son; he’ll probably end up playing with them all day. 🙂

  6. Ezziej Bromwich
    04/23/2018 / 9:33 am

    I really like this but if I wanted to take it one step further. I saw so many years ago I can’t remember, my great aunt making picture frames with folded paper. It looks the same as rabbit ears. Sometimes they used gum wrappers such as juicy fruit. Are you able to help me find and show how to make these. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. And this brought the idea back to me…

    • 05/02/2018 / 4:44 pm

      Okay, I totally remember the gum wrapper chains. Now I’m really curious about the frames. I’ll have to work on some and do a post. Are you subscribed to my newsletter so you can see when I post it?

  7. Ezziej Bromwich
    05/03/2018 / 10:47 am

    Thank you so much for thinking of me and answering me. I don’t know if I subscribed or If it went thru my craft/art emails or Pinrest. Old minds you know…But if I am not please, add me. Thank you.

    • 05/03/2018 / 12:20 pm

      Just added you! You should be getting an email to verify that you want to subscribe to the newsletter. 🙂

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