English author Beatrix Potter wrote a series of classic children's tales about animals that dress in human clothing. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is a favorite of children, especially in the spring.
Peter's family includes Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, who are very well-behaved bunnies, and Peter, who isn't.
Peter's siblings heeded Mrs. Rabbit's warnings and stayed away from Mr. McGregor's garden. But as usual, Peter didn't listen and lost his clothes while running away when the farmer caught him in his parsley patch.
This little bunny may not be Peter Rabbit, but he's in the middle of a carrot patch that's just like Mr. McGregor's garden. Make one as a spring decoration using these directions I found at www.kaboose.com. Type "egg carton carrot patch" in the search box.
Supplies you will need:
- Empty cardboard egg carton
- Brown and green acrylic paint and brush
- 9 orange pony beads
- Green pipe cleaners
- 2 1 1/2-inch pink pom poms, and 1 tiny yellow pom pom
- White craft foam
- 2 wiggle eyes
- White craft glue
- Foam flower
Remove the lid and cut the bottom section of the egg carton in half.
Cover work area with newspapers. Paint the bottom of the egg carton green to resemble grass. Paint the tops of the egg cups brown to resemble mounds of dirt.
When the paint is dry, poke small holes in top of each cup.
Cut pipe cleaners into small sections about 2 inches each. You will need 21 sections for your carrot tops.
Put three sections of stems together and thread a pony bead onto one end.
Position the beads so that there is about 1 inch of stem at one end. Insert that end through the hole in the top of the egg cup.
Turn the egg carton over and bend the stem ends down to anchor them in place.
Turn the carton over again and make sure the beads are pushed down so they are touching the base of the egg cup. Turn the ends of the stems down to look like greens. Repeat the steps until all the brown mounds are filled with carrots.
Glue the eyes and the yellow pom pom for a nose on a pink pom pom.
Cut ears from white craft foam and glue on the head.
When dry, glue the pink pom poms together and then glue to the carrot patch between the rows.
Make an extra carrot by stringing 3 beads together onto 3 green pipe cleaner sections. Bend the short end to hold the beads and the long ends to form a loop for the greens. Glue to the front of the garden.
Glue the flower to the front of the garden.___
Kathy Antoniotti writes a craft column for the Beacon Journal. If you have a craft idea or question, contact Kathy Antoniotti, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron Ohio 44309-0640; 330-996-3565; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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