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Cotton-Ball Rabbit

Here comes Peter Cottontail -- and it's not just his tail that's cotton. He's made entirely out of cotton balls. The technique is easy.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • 100-percent-cotton cotton balls

  • Unscented extra-hold hair spray

  • Flat cotton cosmetic pads

  • Powdered blush

  • Fabri-tac

  • Gray seed bead

  • Button thread

  • Needle

  • Pink seed bead

  • Scissors


  1. Make the head: Unroll three cotton balls into strips. One at a time, wrap the strips tight around a single cotton ball. Alternate the direction you wrap to make a round, even ball. Smooth and shape ball by pulling cotton fibers around it and pulling off any lumps. Spray with unscented extra-hold hair spray and set aside to dry for about 5 minutes. (The hair spray seals the cotton ball so it doesn't unravel.)

  2. Make the ears: Cut 2 ear shapes out of one flat cotton cosmetic pad. Spray with hair spray and let dry. Tint the inside of the ears pink with powdered blush. Pinch bottom of ear to taper it and glue with Fabri-tac craft glue. Glue the ears to the top of the head.

  3. Glue on gray seed bead to the head to create the eyes.

  4. To make the nose and whiskers, thread a pink seed bead with three strands of 3-inch-long button thread. Trim to desired length. Glue pink bead to face.

  5. To craft the rabbit's body, unroll 7 cotton balls into flat strips. Wrap strips around a single cotton ball in the same process as the head, making a larger ball. Spray with hair spray and set aside to dry.

  6. Make the feet and tail: Unroll one cotton ball into a strip. Tear off enough cotton to make three smaller balls -- about 1/2 inch in diameter for the feet and about 3/4 inch in diameter for the tail. Spray with hair spray and let dry for a few minutes.

  7. Use Fabri-tac to glue the head to the body. Hold in place for a minute while it sets. Next, glue the feet to the front bottom edge of the body and the tail on the back. Use powdered blush to create rosy cheeks on the face.

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