Holidays

MAKING A BUNNY HAND PUPPET

Spring is among us. Well, most of us. Parts of the country are still getting hit hard with a dose of winter. With spring arriving I was feeling festive and fun. I had seen these Felted Bunny Hand Puppets a while back and this seemed like the right time to make it.

You will need:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • pen
  • felt
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • pattern

Gather your materials. I wasn't going for traditional spring colors, so my palette is varied. Like with any sewing project always make sure you have enough material for the various parts that have multiples.

Cut out your paper pattern and then cut it out on your felt. I used this pattern as a guide, but I did change it a bit. I flip flopped the colors for the ears, made the nose bigger and gave the bunny eyelashes. 

Fold the bunny tail column felt in half over the length of the piece and cut the slits in the side. 

Then begin rolling it up. You will want to sew as you go.

Then sew all your elements together without sewing the body together. Make sure you have everything how you want it. In the pattern it asks you to cut the tail to make it more fluffy, but I liked the way this curly tail looked, so I kept it that way. Also, I stuffed the ears slightly the give them a little fluff. I also stuff my things with the scraps of felt and string from the project or past projects. 

When sewing the front and back of the body together, pin and line up the ears the way you want them, as you will be sewing them into place as you stitch along. 

Then you are good to go for some friendly puppeteering! 

WE APPRECIATE YOU WITH TRUFFLES

This week we were honoring teacher appreciation week this week. Sometimes it's a challenge get something special for all the people who interact, encourage and engage in the kiddo's lives daily weekly and so on. Without a doubt we appreciate all these people VERY MUCH! 

This particular gift also overlaps nicely with Valentine's Day. 

I have made truffles in the past, but this particular time I bought my go to chocolate truffles from Whole Foods Market.

What you need:

  • truffles, or something equally special
  • small canning jars
  • paper
  • pen

 

Truffle Jars

I just use regular drawing paper and I use the jar lid as a stencil. Make as many circles as you need jars, then cut out and write your message.

truffle gifts

Fill jar with truffles, then place jar lid, paper, and jar ring around. Repeat as needed!

truffle jar gifts

The kiddos then sign there name. If you are doing this for Valentine's Day, you can put sweet love notes on your jar to give to your Valentine!

Happy Valentine's!

Happy Appreciations!