How to Make a Needle Felted Bunny
Up your spring decorations this Easter by having a go at some needle felting. Ideal for beginners, this project uses a polystyrene shape as a base to needle felt onto, making it easy to create something wonderful without requiring too many techniques.
How to Make a Needle Felted Bunny
Skill Level: Beginners
Time to Make: Three to four hours
- Polystyrene Bunny »
- Two balls of white wool roving »
- Three balls of light pink wool roving »
- One ball of medium pink wool roving »
- One ball of black wool roving »
- Felting needles »
- Clover Needle Felting Mat »
- Clover Needle Felting Tool »
- Heart template »
Making a Sheet of Pre-felt
1. In order to make a sheet of pre-felt you ideally need three layers of wool. Lay the first layer with the wool fibres all facing the same direction on the surface of the needle felting pad. The wool should slightly overlap so that there are no gaps.
2. Place your second layer with the wool fibres at a 90 degree angle to the first.
3. The third layer should be laid exactly the same as the first. Stab thoroughly with your needle felting tool. Every so often lift the wool from the pad to prevent it from attaching itself. Turn the sheet over and stab from the other side. Keep doing this until the wool sheet becomes stable and dense enough to cut shapes from.
4. Use the templates provided to cut out your shapes.
1. Pull off equal quantities of light pink and medium pink wool.
2. Put them together and then gently pull the fibres apart from each other, put them back together and then separate them again. Keep doing this until the two colours blend together and you cannot see any stripes of one particular colour.
Covering the body
1. Pull off some lengths of the light pink roving and cover the polystyrene bunny body. Stab it into place with the clover needle felting tool.
Top Tip!…Be careful as you stab with your needles. Make sure they enter and emerge from the polystyrene at the same angle to prevent needle breakages.
2. To cover the ears, wrap small pieces of the wool roving around the ears as illustrated.
Top Tip!…Support the ears with the needle felting pad as you work. This will help to prevent them from snapping.
3. Cover the belly area in the medium pink.
Eyes, Ears and Nose
1. Hold the bunny head in your hand with your index finger running up over the eye and towards the ear. You should be able to easily feel the contours of the polystyrene shape underneath the wool. This is a good way to establish where the eye is and where you should place a little of the black wool to start creating the eye.
2. Place a small amount of black wool over the eye area and stab it into place to create a nice rounded almond shape.
3. Add wispy bits of the medium pink under the eye. Use a single needle to stab the fibres.
4. Add an arch of white roving above the eye, in the brow area.
Top Tip!…You’ll find that you have much more control of your needle felting if build up the colour in thin layers, adjusting as you work.
5. I’ve placed a small amount of the light pink/medium pink blend under the eye, stretching from the nose and up towards the middle of the ear. This will give shading and definition to the bunny features as well as giving him a nice little pink nose.
6. Lay a thin line of blue roving under the black eye. Stab it into place, accentuate the corners of the eye by creating ticks.
7. Now pop a little green between the blue line you’ve just created and the black of the eye. Stab it into place and work it into the corners of the eyes.
8. To bring life to the eyes, they will need highlights. Use a tiny amount of white to create small circles of highlight in the top left corner of each eye.
Top Tip!…You can catch up any small wispy fibres of wool by twirling your needle just above them, catching them up onto the needle and then stabbing them back down.
9. A bit of white along the lower jaw will make his jaw line stand out. Add medium pink for the insides of the ears, and outline with some green.
Top Tip!…Remember to support the ears with your pad as you are working to prevent them from snapping.
10. Add a small heart shape to each ear for decoration.
1. I like to use a combination of simple shapes to make up a slightly more complicated design. We’ll be using hearts and arrows to create a really exciting and very easy design. Arrange your five large heart cut out shapes into a flower design on the belly of the bunny and stab them thoroughly into place.
2. Take your time and tack a circle of green wool. Stab the needle 3-4 times in each area as illustrated. This will better keep the nice rounded shape of the circle.
1. Arrange the rest (10) small hearts into a flower design, covering the upper back part of the bunny body, over the shoulder blades.
2. I’ve needle felted two thin white stalks down the length of the bunny’s back. This will help when arranging the leaf shapes. Add two green circles to the heart flowers.
3. To add a little more interest, stab a really tiny quantity of medium pink into the centre of the petals, just outside of the green circle.
Paws and Tail
1. Add white wool to the ends of the arms to create the paws and stab it into place, though be sure to leave it a little fluffy. I’ve outlined the paw with a small amount of blue roving and then added a few lines to define the paw.
2. Bundle up a larger amount of the white wool and place it over the toe area of the bunny foot. Stab it until it’s firmly in place but is still quite fluffy. Do this for both feet. Again, I’ve added three small lines of blue wool in order to add definition to the toes.
3. Use more of the white wool bundled together and loosely stab it in to place to form the fluffy bunny tail.