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Let’s have a Fun Family Craft Night
There is nothing that excites me more than when my whole family is together. I love family dinners, family movie time and family crafts. We had a Fun Family Craft Night to make an Easter Bunny Project, just in time for Easter.
The age range for this project was 2 to 15 and everyone enjoyed it even though it was a fairly simplistic project. My 2 year old granddaughter needed help from her Mommy, but the 6 year old was able to do the project with minimal help, mostly just making sure to hold her items long enough for the glue to set enough to hold. Of course, the older children had no problems. The 15 year old enjoyed the project just as much as the 2 year old.
I am always scrutinizing items for recycle potential. I have a bin in my hobby room where I hang on to household “trash” that we can reuse and turn into something fun. There are Pringles cans, toilet paper and paper towel tubes, odd boxes, spice jars, ribbon spools, thread spools, and other fun finds. This project uses the toilet paper tubes.
- Toilet paper tubes (1 for each child)
- Acrylic Craft Paint (colors of your choosing, if you have a paint you prefer that’s fine)
- Paint brushes (1 for each child)
- Cardstock (varies depending on how many total bunnies are being made, we need one sheet of each color white and pink)
- Pom poms (1 for each bunny tail)
- Googly eyes or flat gems (2 for each bunny)
- Mini pom poms (3 for each nose, 3 for each set of toes, this is optional and more or less is ok too)
- Black marker
I set up in our dining room. I am fortunate enough to have two dining tables set up end to end so when all 9 of us are together we have plenty of room. For Thanksgiving we bring in 2 more tables and have 26 people here. We are so fortunate to have a big room that fits everyone. So to be sure my table was protected I covered it with a white plastic table cloth. We had a handful left from my daughter’s wedding in September, another reuse win. I also have some old flat queen sized sheets that I have saved to throw over tables or on the floor when we need to protect a space. We will use those when we run out of the leftover plastic table cloths. I had the kids put on their “work clothes” which is clothes that they use for messy tasks. We don’t have to worry if we get paint, ink or glue on these clothes.
Ready for our Fun Family Craft Night
We began by painting the toilet paper tubes in pretty pastel colors of this kid’s choice. We used a simple acrylic craft paint you can purchase at any craft store. The paint dries quick, it helps that it kind of absorbs into the toilet paper tube too. The 2 year old and the 6 year olds tubes took a little longer to dry because they loaded the paint on thicker. The bigger kids were dry in no time. We slid the tube over our hands, or fingers to hold the tube while painting. Then they could just rotate their hand as they painted.
I put Mom and Dad of the grandbabies to work cutting out bunny ears from cardstock. We used white and pink; white being the background piece and the pink being smaller for the center of the ear. We just drew the ears free hand in the shape we thought represented bunny ears. The kids glued these two layers together and then glued them on to the tubes. Some glued them to the inside of the tube and some of them glued them to the outside of the tube, it worked fine either way.
The next step was to glue eyeballs on and a pom pom for a tail.
We had some very tiny pom poms which they glued on for noses and “toes” The noses were made with 3 pom poms laid out in an upside down triangle.
For the toes we used 3 each for each foot, lined up straight across the end of the tube. You could use more or less for each foot.
They used a black marker to draw on whiskers. The girls got a little fancy and drew on eye lashes; my son drew “angry eyes so his would look more “manly”.
A couple of the bunnies ended up with earrings from glued flat back gems.
We spent about 30 minutes doing our Fun Family Craft Night project. A lot of that time was just waiting for paint to dry and to share the glue bottle (in hindsight I should have had a couple since 5 of them were sharing it)
It was fun to see how different each bunny looks based on the personality of the child who created it. They loved showing me their bunnies as we went along so I could take pictures and they were thrilled with the end result. We let them sit overnight so the glue was sure to be dry.
We had minimal clean up needed. The younger the child, the more paint they had on their hands which cleaned up with just a warm washcloth. I rolled up the table cloth and threw it away. Total time less than 5 minutes.
We had the best time and it was fun to do a project that all ages enjoyed and were able to participate in, with the huge range in ages that can be tricky. I hope you enjoy this project to. Having a Blended Life with a Fun Family Craft Night makes me a very Happy Wife
Bunnies from left to right: Kinsley (age 2 with help from Mommy), AJ (age 9), Alivia (age 11), Halle (age 15) Olivia (age 6) **yes , we have and Alivia and an Olivia**
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