Growing up, my parents always made Holidays special around our house. Easter was no exception. My mom decorated our house with lots of expensive decor and everything was so beautiful. She has passed many of old family decorations on to me. I, however, find alot of these things to be irreplaceable and I like keeping them stored safely away from two rambunctious 4 year olds and a boisterous 3 year old. So I’ve made it my mission to decorate (with their assistance) using things that I wouldnt be crushed over if it got broken. Like toilet paper rolls.
One of our recent project has been Bunny Napkin Holders for the dinner table. And we made them out of empty toilet paper holders.
•Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
•Sheet of White Paper
•Pink Sheet of Paper
•Stampin’ Up Petal Card Punch (you can draw your ears on paper and cut them out if you don’t have this punch)
•Googly Eyes (or you can paint your eyes on)
•Acrylic Craft Paint (I used Walmarts cheapest paint .57¢ a bottle)
•Accessories to decorate your Bunny
Save your empty toilet paper rolls. Make sure you pick off any rubbery adhesive or bits of toilet paper stuck to the glue on the toilet paper roll. Take your choice of acrylic paint and apply two coats of paint to the toilet paper roll, allowing each coat of paint to dry between coats. Be sure to paint the circular edge and set it on top of your paper towel to dry (I found it was a bit of a pain if you paint both ends and set it on the paper towel…it will stick to the paper towel and you’ll get stuck picking lint/paper towel bits off your Bunny. So paint one end and let it dry before flipping it over and painting the other side). You can paint as much of the inside of the roll as you would like. I paint the inside of the rolls because I can be a bit of a perfectionist at some things. If you do paint the insides, be sure the paint on the outside of the roll is fully dry (or you end up with a squishy wet mess). While paint is drying you can cut/punch out the ears for the bunny. And glue the inner section of the ear to the outter section of the ear (see photo above). Glue googly eyes on. Draw your nose, whiskers and teeth on the bunnys face. Use white acrylic craft paint to make the teeth white. Once the inside of your toilet paper has dried, you can glue your bunny ears on to your roll. I then glued little felt flowers with Rhinestones and bows onto my bunnies. You can go back with your marker and make sure the white paint for the teeth hasn’t overlapped the lines and clean it up a bit with your marker if you need to.
*Alternatively, you can make your toilet paper roll into a chick if you paint it yellow and cut out an orange diamond shape (fold it in half to make a beak) and draw some feet on orange paper and cut them out and glue them on.
If you are anything like me and my crafty quartet, you probably now have more Napkin Holders than napkins. Enjoy!