I love making little cut out paper crafts with the kids. It’s super easy, inexpensive and there are many ways for them to customize. Usually I cut out the basic shapes or trace them for the kids to cut out, then they assemble and decorate. I don’t really use templates, I just kind of freehand these projects so expect some wonky shapes. That’s part of the charm, right?
You can use similar colors for this guy, or it’s a great way to use up scrap paper. If you have some fancy trimmings, such as scrap book paper, even better! Or he can be colored or painted.
This template is a standard sheet of printer paper. I just traced the pieces of the bunny I made, we’re not fancy around here. Hopefully you can read my writing – my fine motor control still isn’t very good from carpal tunnel surgery last October. If you click on it, you can expand the photo to fit page and print it out. Or you can freehand similar shapes. Another great thing about cut paper projects – they’re very forgiving!
After you’ve cut out all the pieces, lay them out as pictured or however makes sense to you. This makes assembling the bunny easier, and makes sure you don’t end up missing pieces. My bunny is light brown to make the cheeks and teeth show up better. This is a good place to get creative. How about a purple bunny, or one made of that lime green striped paper you’ve been looking for something to do with? So many options. Note: the bow tie is not pictured here. I added that after taking this picture.
Assemble side pieces. Use a glue stick to attach eye color to eye whites. You can also skip that part and use googly eyes, if you like. My minions opted for googly eyes. Attach inner ears to main ears, lining up edges. Make sure ears are mirror images of each other, so you have one for each side. Same with arms and legs. See how the feet point opposite directions? Just flip the leg over. If you’re using fancy one sided paper then flip the template over.
Assemble the face. Place teeth near the bottom. Slightly overlap cheeks on top of the teeth. The cheeks have one side that’s a bit flat – that works well to go towards the center. Tuck the bottoms of the eyes under the top of the cheeks. Top it off with a cute little pink nose in the middle.
Ears, arms and legs are glued to the back of the main pieces. Glue the bottom of the head onto the top of the body. For the bow tie, the points of the triangles touch and the circle goes on top of the points, just below the chin. You can arrange your bunny however you like.
Then comes the fun part – decorate! My minions like to dress their paper creations. I gave mine a pink egg-shaped tummy and a little Easter basket. He looks a bit like a streaker next to the fancy dressed up bunnies.
Enjoy your bunnies! I’d love to see them if you try out our little project!