It’s time for a little spring crafting and these adorable DIY sock bunnies are a perfect project to get you started! This is one of those crafts that you probably have most (if not all) of the items needed laying around your house! Another craft that you can get creative with on the embellishments. Let’s have some bunny crafting fun!
You may remember that I am part of a monthly Sustainable Craft Challenge with several other very crafty women. Julie Nyano gives us a theme to work with each month and we need to use at least one element that is sustainable/eco friendly. January’s theme was WARM so I crafted a DIY Snowy Luminary and February’s theme was LOVE, and I shared a DIY Valentine Branch Tree with you. This month’s theme is SOFT! Read on to see how to make sock bunnies as well as many other awesome soft crafts!
DON’T Throw Away Those Mismatched Socks!
What do you do with those poor lonely single socks that have lost their mate? When my kids were young we would often make sock puppets or they made a great dusting “glove” for the kiddos. My daughter, Karleigh, would just wear mismatched socks…she went through a period where that was cool! (It drove me bonkers!😜) There are tons of great ideas out there to utilize those old socks that are never going to warm your little toesies again….the DIY sock bunnies are one of those great ideas!
Longer socks will work best for this project but you can complete these with almost any size sock. Keep in mind that the smaller the sock, the smaller your embellishments will need to be and that gets a little tricky (especially if you have chunkier fingers like me!). Once you start making these you will have a hard time stopping!
Items Needed ~
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks – or Sewing Items
- Pinking Shears (optional)
Making The Body ~
Fill a sock with rice. The amount of rice you will use will vary according to your desired final outcome. Once you fill it about a quarter of the way start pinching where you think you should tie the string to form head and body. If it doesn’t seem quite right, then add (or take away) rice to your liking. Keep in mind that you want to have plenty of leftover at the top of the sock to create floppy ears.
Once you get it filled to your liking, tie some heavy type of string to form the body and then another piece to tie off the top of the head.
It’s Time For Those Bunny Ears ~
Pull the top part of the sock up in the air and cut down the middle of the sock. Find the middle of the sock and start cutting down the middle to form the ears.
Continue cutting all the way down to the top of the head of the sock bunny.
It’s starting to look like a cute little bunny…am I right? Now you need to fold the ears in length longways to create a finished ear. Pull each ear up and round off the top of them.
Now you are ready to adhere the edges. You have two options here:
- hot glue down the edges
- sew down the edges
Hot gluing is obviously the easiest and quickest method. I actually love the finished look of both methods. I did find that when I sewed them it gave the ears a more “ruffly” look. You get to decide what look you like best! Below is the bunny with the sewn ears.
DIY Sock Bunnies Embellishments ~
Now it is time for bows and scarves (or whatever you decide to embellilsh your baby with). I have an assortment of wired ribbon that makes it easy, however, I found that I enjoyed cutting strips of material with my pinking shears too! It is helpful to attach the bows first to see how much “face” space you have left for the eyes, nose and whiskers. There is some trial and error here depending on the size of your sock bunny.
Playing around with some old scrap material can be fun to see what the finished look will be. For me, it was helpful as I discovered that some materials I thought would be great didn’t give me the “look” that I was going for. Trial and error at its finest! You might even want to put some cute little flower bead or fun jewel at the center of the bow.
You can also cut off the cuff of extra socks to create a scarf type look. Cut the entire cuff and then place it around the neck.
The Cute Little Nose & Whiskers ~
The sky is the limit with the objects you can use for the face embellishments. Small wooden half balls came in very handy for the nose. I also love the cute little pink bead for the nose! For those of you who like to work with embroidery floss, it would be easy to do a few quick stitches to make a nose that way as well!
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Jute or hemp both have a great weight to them that works great for the whiskers. It works best if you hot glue the whiskers first and then add an extra dollop of glue on top of the whiskers to place the nose. It seems to secure the whiskers on much better. A Cherry On Top Crafts is a great place to get new supplies if needed!
What About Those Eyes ~
Small flat back resin round crystal beads became eyes for mine. I played around with buttons too but decided I like the soft shimmer of these resin crystal beads.
The striped bunny (isn’t she so cute?) ended up with the black stripe right where I needed the eyes to go. I wanted the eyes to stand out more so I glued the black crystals on a white button to make them pop. How does your sweet bunny look?
March Sustainable Craft Challenge ~
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, this project is part of a very fun craft blog hop. I hope you have as much fun as I did creating these “soft” and adorable bunnies. Bonus…you get to also check out all of these other amazing “soft” crafts by my fellow bloggers. You’re going to love them! Check out each of their links in green below!
Julie ♥ Sum of their Stories ♥ Upcycled Sweater Easter Gift Bags
Gail ♥ Purple Hues and Me ♥ Loopy Yarn Lamb Treat Jar
Christine ♥ Christine’s Crafts ♥ DIY Hair Towel Wrap
Marci ♥ Stone Cottage Adventures ♥ DIY Cozy Weighted Warmer
Allyson ♥ Southern Sunflowers ♥ No Sew Drop Cloth Bunny Pillow
T’onna ♥ Sew Crafty Crochet ♥ Crochet Tabby Cat
Julie ♥ Treasures Made From Yarn ♥ Stash Buster Blanket
Mel ♥ Decor Craft Design ♥ Upcycled Bottle Vases With Soft Spring Colors
Niki ♥ Life as a LEO Wife ♥ Farmhouse Chunky Yarn Wreath for Spring
Aren’t these all so fun? This is my third month to participate in this Sustainable Craft Challenge and I just love everything about it. I have found myself focusing on items I throw away and thinking about how I can use it for something else instead. Last month’s challenge found me diving in very seriously to the other blogger’s posts and creating some very fun new crafts!
Happy Crafting My Friends !
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