Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way.
Happy spring and happy Easter! To celebrate, I have a whole colony, or fluffle, of stuffed animal bunny rabbit plush toys! I have Hug Me Bunnies and Wonder Bunnies in lots of colors. You can hop on over to adopt one or two. Please don’t give real bunnies as gifts for Easter! Rabbits are a big commitment and a lot of work. They are definitely not “starter pets”. They need lots of love and attention, like Oliver Bunny does. Hug Me Bunny stuffed toy bunnies, however, are very easy to take care of, and they are cuddly.
I brought some Hug Me Bunny stuffed animals to Rabbit Day this year, and two of them were adopted by Louise and Arthur, two real bunnies.
If anyone would like to make an Easter or a spring basket, like the one I made, shown at the top of this post, here are some instructions. I got package of floral foam, which you can find in a craft store, or craft department, or online. I happened to get “wet foam”, because it was the best size for my basket, but that wasn’t necessary because I used pretend flowers. It’s called wet foam, because it is used for fresh flower arrangements, to keep them hydrated, but I didn’t wet it!
I set my basket on top of the foam, for size, and carved away the excess with a knife. It was very easy to cut. Then I put the block into a leftover plastic shopping bag, so the bits wouldn’t get everywhere, and I sealed the bag.
I cut my flowers away from their central stem. Silk flowers are wired, and so you will need a tool that cuts wire, like a pair of side-cutting pliers or wire cutters. I tried to cut them at an angle, to make it easier to insert them into the foam.
I left some space in front of the flowers for my stuffed animal bunnies. The bow is made from wired ribbon that was made into big even-sized loops, and then pinched together in the center with a big pipe cleaner. The ribbon could be wrapped around a big tube or jar to get the loops even, with the tails hanging free. The loops are pulled into shape and arranged as desired. I added a bunny ribbon around the rim of the basket. I set two Hug Me Bunny plush rabbits in the basket, and I was all ready for Easter.
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