Well, yes, it’s true that the animal to take center stage on Easter Day is usually a rabbit. And, among the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, there is one who might easily fit the bill. But this year, I thought it would be fun to pay homage to a certain Silly Old Bear who’d be happy to forego a whole basket of candy for a mere smackerel of honey. Fashioned from a wooden egg and a cardboard tube, this whimsical Winnie the Pooh decoration is easy to craft and can be displayed year after year.
Time: 1 hour
What You’ll Need
- Wooden egg, ideally with a flat bottom (sold in craft stores or online)
- Small piece of a soft craft sponge
- Yellowish-gold acrylic craft paint
- Cardboard tissue tube (1½ inches or so in diameter)
- Red acrylic craft paint or red craft paper
- Yellowish-gold, golden-brown, and black craft paper scraps
- Fine-tipped black permanent marker
- Tacky glue and small stiff paintbrush to apply it
- Glue sealer, such as Mod Podge, and a soft paintbrush for applying it
How To Make It
- Sponge-paint the egg yellowish-gold, and then set it aside to dry.
- Cut a 2-inch section from the cardboard tissue tube. Paint the tube red and set it aside to dry, or cover it with a strip of glued-on red craft paper.
- Print the template and use the pieces for cutting out the shapes in the specified colors of craft paper. Glue the inner ear pieces atop the ears, and then set them aside for the glue to dry.
- Use the black marker to color two tiny round eyes on the eye-backing rectangle. With one hand, hold the rectangle in place against the face of the egg (the top edge of the paper should be ½-inch from the pointed top of the egg), and lightly pencil a pair of eyebrows right above the paper and a curved “nose wrinkle” right below it. Remove the paper, and carefully trace over the pencil lines with black marker. If you mess up, you can blot more paint over the line (it may take a 2 or 3 coats to cover), and then try again.
- Glue the eye-backing rectangle in place on the egg. Next, glue on the nose just 1/16 inch or so below the nose wrinkle line. Let the glue dry.
- Lightly pencil a broad smile on the egg (the lowest point should be about ½ inch from the nose and ¾ inch from the bottom of the egg). Trace over the pencil line with the black marker.
- Brush a protective coat of glue sealer on the egg, going right over the paper, to seal it and to give it a little sheen. Seal the assembled ears as well. Let the sealer dry (this won’t take long).
- Fold back the ear tabs, and then glue the tabs to the top of the egg. Let the glue dry completely. Set the finished egg atop the red tissue tube stand, and it’s ready to display.
Cutting should be done by an adult.