Bunny Dough

Start a holiday-ornament tradition this Easter. You can adapt the techniques here to make ornaments for other holidays, too.
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Making the Dough

What You Need:

Give these fun ornaments as gifts
or use them as seasonal
decorations.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • White acrylic paint
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Paste food coloring
  • Paraffin
  • Garlic press
  • Small black beads
  • Crafts glue
  • Fishing line
  • Custard cups
  • Paper clips; wire cutters

Instructions:

Steps 1 and 2.

1. Stir together flour, salt, and water. Knead the mixture until it forms a medium-stiff, smooth dough. If necessary, add more flour or water to reach the right consistency.

2. Add color to dough. Take a small portion of the dough and work in little dabs of paste food coloring until you reach the desired shade. Place any unused dough in plastic bags in the refrigerator until you are ready to begin working on your projects.


Step 3.

3. Place a small amount of flour on a waxed-paper-covered surface. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Dip the cookie cutter in flour and cut out the rabbit shapes. If you cannot find a similar cookie cutter, make a master pattern from cardboard (trace the rabbit shown) and cut around the shape with a kitchen knife.


Step 4.

4. Roll some of the dough into 1-inch-diameter balls (about the size of a quarter) for the upper part of the rabbit's leg. Roll other small pieces of the dough into rope shapes as shown. These pieces will be used for the foot extension.

Note: We used acrylic white paint to color the dough. If you have a smaller brother or sister, or if any small children will be present while you are working, skip the acrylic paint. Small children are unusually curious and often put things in their mouths. Acrylic paint could be very harmful if swallowed.

Continued on page 2:  Shaping the Bunnies

 

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