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Spun-Cotton Easter Bunny




Spun cotton and needle felting come together in this delightful Easter decoration from Vintage by Crystal's Crystal Hanehan. Pair with her Eggs-in-Nest Centerpiece for a festive spring tableau.

Resources: Cotton and wool fibers and needle-felting tools are available from Winderwood Farm. All other tools and materials are available at most crafts stores.

Download and print wire armature diagram, and reference for steps 1 to 4.


  • Wire armature diagram
  • Spool of 22-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Loose cotton
  • Acrylic paint
  • Thick (broad) paintbrush
  • 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Serrated knife
  • White glue
  • Glitter
  • Decorative paper
  • Pencil
  • Pinking shears
  • Thin (detail) paintbrush
  • Small pom-pom (for tail)
  • Embellishments and small silk flowers (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Straighten approximately 3 feet of 22-gauge wire, keeping wire on spool. To make the bunny's first arm, bend 3 inches of wire and crimp bend to a point with pliers (a). Double wire back on itself and wrap wire around end several times to secure (b).

  2. Step 2

    To create the bunny's ears, guide wire as shown by the arrows in (c), wrapping wire at the base of each ear. Bring wire back down to first arm and wrapping once more to create neck.

  3. Step 3

    Create the rest of the bunny's body by guiding the wire as shown in (d), crimping wire at all turns, and wrapping wire at the top of each arm and leg. Finish by wrapping wire around neck once more.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap wire halfway up head, as shown in (e). Create a snout extending from middle of head by making two crimped tabs, as shown in (f). When snout is complete, wrap wire around head, back down to neck, and cut wire at neck to finish (g).

  5. Step 5

    Wrap end of loose cotton around shoulder and under armpit (like a beauty queen sash). Wrap cotton around itself once more to secure. Continue wrapping cotton down length of one arm, using the tips of your fingers to guide cotton into place. When you get to the end of the arm, tuck the cotton in and continue back up the arm.Tip: Spin wire frame, not the cotton, as you work.

  6. Step 6

    Wrap the rest of the bunny's appendages, ears, and body using the same technique. Repeat with more cotton to make a plumper bunny, if desired.Tip: To join cotton strips, place a new strip where you left off, facing the same direction. Hold the end in place and wrap once, covering the end and tucking it securely in place, and then continue spinning.

  7. Step 7

    To create the face, wrap snout and tabs you have created with cotton. With pliers, bend tabs back toward face; spin cotton once more over entire snout.

  8. Step 8

    When bunny is completely covered and plump, rip off remaining cotton strip so end is thin and ragged; continue to spin body, smoothing down end of cotton to blend in with rest of the cotton.

  9. Step 9

    Mix 1 part acrylic paint with two parts water. With a thick brush, cover entire surface of bunny with paint mixture; let dry overnight.

  10. Step 10

    To make the base, cut a Styrofoam ball in half with a serrated knife. Coat the rounded side of one half with white glue. Cover with glitter; let dry.

  11. Step 11

    Trace a circle with a pencil onto decorative paper, using other half of Styrofoam as a guide. Cut around the circle with pinking shears, leaving a quarter inch border; erase pencil marks.

  12. Step 12

    Once glittered dome is dry, paint white glue onto the unglittered bottom, and attach to the center of the paper circle.

  13. Step 13

    To attach bunny to base, poke two holes, about a quarter inch deep, into top of Styrofoam base with a pencil. Fill holes with glue, and insert bunny feet into holes.

  14. Step 14

    Add finishing touches: Carefully paint eyes, nose and mouth onto bunny with a thin paintbrush. Glue loose cotton or glitter into the center of the ears; add a pom-pom tail. Bend arms to hold a little note, chenille chick, egg, etc., and add flowers to the base.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010



Reviews (8)

  • emfromoz 27 Dec, 2011

    I think some of these comments are far too harsh, it doesn't matter how skilled a crafter you are, trying something new will always have its complications the trick is to keep trying, If you were at least INSPIRED to try than I think Martha and crystal have achieved a great feat. My first attempt looked like a zombie voodoo doll but it's still made by me and the flaws and "ugliness" in a project is was makes it individual. Please don't suggest others don't try, if all else fails buy one

  • chanalil 23 Oct, 2011

    My first attempt was hysterical, but as Crystal does point out, this one needs a bit of practice. I've just finished my 4th and I'm very proud! Keep at it if you don't succeed, it does come and now I am hooked.
    I had a problem with the stated source for spun cotton, disappointing ebay seller, took days to answer emails. Did eventually respond, then ignored my pleas to go ahead with the sale.
    I was so lucky to have found another seller on Etsy, by the name of "windrose." She is awesome!

  • candydoud 23 Apr, 2011

    gynda...I am an artist and advanced crafter as well...this was one bad craft. Spent lots of money on it - bought the cotton off ebay and all. Very disappointed as well.
    My bunny looked like a mummy/llama - Do not attempt this craft...Martha couldn't even do it on her show!

  • TheGrace 7 Mar, 2011

    Does it has to be 100% cotton or wool blend is fine? How about felt? Which one works fine with paints on it?


  • bluebirdsky 29 Mar, 2010

    I bought a lovely roll of thin, flat cotton at the old fashioned drug store in town. All I needed to do was cut strips of it to make it work.
    You can also find flat cotton batting at craft and fabric stores to make quilts out of, but I'm not sure how that would work up.

  • FeltUBet 26 Mar, 2010

    I was able to unroll jumbo 100% cotton balls with some success...Just get comfy in front of the TV to unroll and works.Good luck

  • PegMac 25 Mar, 2010

    look at a yarn store or on line ,before getting so angry.My yarn store has it as does Etsy. Good luck ,don't give up. Too cute to pass up.

  • glyndaL 25 Mar, 2010

    Can't find cotton at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Wal Green's or Walmart. When I rounded up cotton, it is VERY difficult to apply cotton so it doesn't look piled on, and I'm an advance crafter. I would NOT advise anyoneto try.I'M VERY DISSAPPOINTED in Marthy"s staff not advising difficulity!!!!!!!!!!!!