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Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabbit Family

Ahh bunnies! They’re so cute, and cuddly, and colorful… ? Well, these are anyway! It doesn’t have to be Easter to make some cute bunnies, but their pretty colors remind me of jelly beans! Using cardboard tubes from paper towels or bathroom tissue, you can make this fun and bright family of bunny rabbits with your kids!

Some people are uncomfortable using bathroom tissue rolls, especially those in a day care setting. Paper towel cardboard tubes are the same diameter, just longer, and work equally well. You can simplify your bunnies depending on the age group of your children. To simplify some of these steps, skip the apron on mama bunny and the buttons on daddy, and you can also use pink felt triangles (or construction paper) for the noses. Wiggle eyes will work too instead of marker. I do use a hot glue gun in this project, so please supervise children closely or use a quick drying glue such as Beacon’s instant grab glue.

Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabbit Family
printable version

3 cardboard toilet paper tubes
1 cardboard paper towel tube
7 miniature pink and/or orange pom-poms
felt in various colors for bow ties and hair bows
hot glue gun
black Sharpie marker
scissors
white, orange and green felt for apron (optional)
2 buttons (optional)

Paint (I used the following Folk Art colors, you can use whatever type of acrylic craft paint you prefer):

Pink Melon (dark pink)
Medium Orange (bright orange)
Pink Balloon (light pink)
Medium Blue (bright light blue)
Daffodil Yellow (bright yellow)
Purple Lilac (light purple)
Lime Green (bright light green)

Cut the cardboard tubes as follows. You will end up with 5 baby bodies, 2 adult bodies and 14 ears.

Paper towel tube – Cut a 4.5″ piece for dad, a 4″ piece for mom and five 1/2″ ears.
Toilet tube #1 – Cut two 1.5″ bodies and two 1/2″ ears.
Toilet tube #2 - Cut two 1.5″ bodies and two 1/2″ ears.
Toilet tube #3 – Cut one 1.5″ body and five 1/2″ ears.

Paint each tube, inside and out, and a set of ears to go with each body.

Run a line of hot glue inside the ear and squeeze it closed to flatten it.

Use scissors to trim tops of ears to make them pointy.

Hot glue the ears to the top inside of the cardboard tube body.

Use pink paint to paint a line on each ear.

Glue on mini pom-pom noses and cut bows from felt and attach. For girls, attach bows up by the ears and for boys at the bottom front of the body.

Use Sharpie to add eyes and whiskers.

If you like, cut a simple apron from white felt for the mom. Cut out a small carrot from orange and green felt and glue to the apron. Glue apron in place. Glue 2 buttons to the front of the dad.


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69 Responses to Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabbit Family

  1. 1
    Katrina says:

    Those are really cute and simple, Amanda!

  2. 2
    Jennifer Dudley says:

    OMG These are sooooooo darn cute! I love it!

  3. 3
    Arlene @At Home with the Grimms says:

    Totally cute and a great craft to do with my grands. Will start saving tubes now!!

  4. 4
    Sue says:

    Very cute and colorful, Amanda!

  5. 5
    gail@myrepurposedlife.net says:

    so, so cute amanda! I love bunnies!
    gail

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    marla says:

    Amanda, love this crafty bunny family! The bright colors are so happy & hoppy.

  7. 7
    ...And Faux Pearls says:

    I love these! I just made them for my stepson to play with. I think I had almost as much fun making them as he will. :)

  8. 8
    Megan says:

    So colorful and cute. This gives me a bad case of spring fever. LOL

  9. 9
    Look beyond the picket fence says:

    I love these, I want to make a few for my Easter table. Thanks for the instructions!
    denise

  10. 10
    Anji* says:

    These bunnies are so cute and simple to make! I think my kids would love to make them :)

  11. 11
    Jennifer says:

    Those are so stinking cute!!! I knew I was hoarding paper towel and TP tubes for a reason!! Guess what I'm doing with my girls this weekend!

  12. 12
    Becky says:

    These are so awesome! I am so glad I found you at Tatertots and Jello. I'm going to try to make these! :)

  13. 13
    Rachel at Sun Scholars says:

    Those are so cute!
    I'd love to have you link up to my For the Kids Friday Link Party!

    Hop on by!!
    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

  14. 14
    Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    I know what my son and I will be making! I have a whole bag of these cardboard tubes saved and I knew I'd have a reason to use them eventually. Great post.
    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

  15. 15
    Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says:

    SO adorable and colorful!

  16. 16
    radn says:

    nice tutorial!

    I am having a gibeaway on my blog. $38 + free ship from busy little hands to buy a cute kid backpack from her store. She has tote's for mom too.Do check it out.
    http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2011/03/38-store-credit-free-shipping-giveaway.html

  17. 17
    Christina @ The Tattered Tag says:

    So thrifty & cute!! I have a ton of these tubes saved, thanks for sharing such a fun craft idea. I invite you to link to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  18. 18
    Michelle says:

    This is adorable and so festive!! I am a follower and I am having my first ever linky party for kids activities and I would LOVE if you would come link up this project! Hope to see you soon!
    Michelle
    http://delicateconstruction.blogspot.com/2011/03/very-first-made-by-little-hands-linky.html

  19. 19
    Julie says:

    I love this! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds.
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/03/inspire-me-monday.html

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    Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket says:

    How sweet! I just found you via a link party and know my daughter is going to love making these.

    A great way to use recyclables too!

    Cheers!
    Regina
    http://www.chalkinmypocket.com

  21. 21
    Tina says:

    what a sweet idea

    TFS
    tina
    pretty paper posies

  22. 22
    Rhonda @ Dollar Store Crafts says:

    So adorable! I'll be featuring this on Dollar Store Crafts this week :)

  23. 23
    Stephanie says:

    Adorable!!!!! I'm definitely making these this Easter! Thanks!

  24. 24
    RedTedArt says:

    Aaah how cute and love how you used all of the paper tube!!

    Fab!

    Maggy

  25. 25
    Alison@Oopsey Daisy says:

    These are so, so cute! I just featured you on my Wednesday's Wowzers today:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/03/wednesdays-wowzers-talk-about-eye-candy.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  26. 26
    creativejewishmom/Sara says:

    adorable Amanda, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday together wit the rest of your great projects!

  27. 27
    Jenette says:

    I love it! Thanks for the great idea! Off to make these with my little guy!

  28. 28
    mylittlegems says:

    We loved these- so we made our own version! Come over and see- (I'm about to post it:))
    sharla @ My Little Gems
    http://www.mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com

  29. 29
    RedTedArt says:

    Featured these on Easter Get Crafty today :-)))))

    http://www.redtedart.com/2011/04/01/easter-get-crafty/

    Maggy

  30. 30
    Veronica says:

    Love the idea!! Amazing!! I´ll share this on my blog (is a blog in spanish, so I´ll be traslating the instructions, ´cause I think is just sooo pretty!! Thanks for this tutorial and fantastic Idea.
    my blog is mamifashion.blogspot.com

  31. 31
    Domestic Goddess says:

    I'm a "pweeee-skewwwww" teacher and these would be so much fun for my kids to make. Thanks for the inspiration! Your blog is full of ideas that I know I'm going to use in my classroom.

  32. 32
    Amanda says:

    Thanks so much everyone! Hope you and your kids have a blast! :)

  33. 33
    Joanna says:

    Hi there! I love this idea…it's so darling…and I was hoping that you might add it to my Easter and Spring Linking Party to share with my readers. If you are interested, you can go here http://bakedbyjoanna.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-linking-party.html to enter. Thanks!

  34. 34
    Julie Anne says:

    I have started saving my toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls… so excited to find more fun crafts to do with them! :)
    visiting from CSI project

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    Jamie B says:

    LOVE your little TP bunnies!! I hope it’s okay, I just did a Easter crafts round-up and couldn’t help but feature your cute bunnies. You can see it here:

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    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Victoria says:

    I love this!! The little family is so adorable. I shared this on my blog here: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/04/10-easter-crafts-for-kids.html

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    Marie says:

    So adorable! I know I have a lot of toilet paper tubes that get thrown out all the time. These would be a cute project to use them for!

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    Karen M. Thomas says:

    Simply put…ADORABLE! Just what I was looking for, something I could make with my daughter too. I believe I can actually do this. No doubt my little one can master it :) Thanks Amanda, have a wonderful, blessed Easter!

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