Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easter Bunny Mason Jar Toppers - DIY




I found purple wide mouth mason jars at JoAnn's - without tops!  You know purple is my favorite color so I couldn't resist. 

There are so many colorful mason jars available at different craft stores, but most don't have tops - although plain mason jar tops should fit.  I thought it easy to make decorative Easter toppers that slip right over the opening or existing metal lids using paper backed burlap fabric - also found at JoAnn's.  I love this material!  It's already stiff, thus eliminating the need to coat the burlap with mod podge or glue.

You will need:
Burlap paper backed - 24" x 12" (paper section at JoAnn)
White faux fur or fleece fabric
Cotton print fabric
Poly-fil
Thread and needle
Scissors
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue                                        
Hot Glue
Parchment paper
Seed Beads for eyes
Small pom-poms for nose
Stem wire for whiskers
Pipe cleaners  for ears
Embellishments
Bunny head, arms, and ears template

You can copy and paste template to Word and adjust size (if needed) using format.
 
First, you need to draw a circle on the paper-back of the burlap using the mouth or lid of the mason jar and cut out. 
Next, cut out a 1/2-3/4 inch wide x 12 inches long strip of the same material and cut out.
 

Adhere tacky glue to both edges of the circle and strip and wrap the strip around the circle, until ends meet, as pictured. Cut off excess.   It doesn't take long for the glue to grab the edges.

 
Place topper on parchment paper and place additional glue inside, as pictured. Allow to dry.

 
 
While topper is drying, cut out pieces of pattern and fabric.
 
 
Hand stitch pieces, right sides  together leaving openings to turn inside out.

 
 
 
Starting with the bunny head, turn inside out and lightly stuff with poly-fil. 
Sorry, I didn't take pictures of sewing on the seed beads for eyes or gluing on the whiskers and nose.
I added the eyes before I closed the opening for head, sewing from the inside so the threads wouldn't show on the outside.  


 
 The ears were turned inside out and slightly folded pipe cleaners were inserted inside instead of poly-fil.  The ends of the pipe cleaners were cut off before stitching the ears closed. Using pipe cleaners allowed the ears to be shaped up or down.

 
The ears were sewn in place.
 

 The paws were turned inside out and lightly filled with poly-fil.  I used a natural looking thread to loop around the ends, front to back, for toes, as pictured.

 
The sleeves were placed over the paws and using tacky glue added small strips of fabric for cuffs. (optional)
 
The completed paws were hot glued onto the topper as shown:

 
Additional hot glue was placed in the center between the paws and the head was glued on there.

 
 
Handmade flower embellishments and ribbon were added to the burlap toppers.
 







 

Just think of all the possibilities for making mason jar decorative toppers .  .  .
 
 
Take a little time to enjoy
and
Happy Crafting!





















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23 comments:

  1. Very cute! This is the best use yet that I have seen for a mason jar. I love the burlap lid that you made for them, it adds a great country flair to your design. Have a wonderful Sunday..... Candy

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  2. These are so adorable. They would make great party favors if you are hosting a party. Thanks for sharing over at the Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  3. Son adorables !!!!!!!!!!!!Gracias por compartir .
    Besos y feliz semana.

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  4. These are so sweet Gail. What a great alternative to Easter baskets. The burlap lid adds a perfect rustic touch.

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  5. REALLY CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing that great idea with us! At first it looked complicated but then I realized that you only have to make part of a bunny...not the whole thing...very creative.

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  6. Gail! This is sooo cute. Great share! Thank you for being a part of our party SHARE IT one more time, Saturdays. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Have a great week!

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  7. I love these! They are adorable and the attention to gave to the smallest details is incredible. Thanks for sharing on the Spring Craft Blog Hop.

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  8. That is just the cutest little bunny ever! I posted a bunny I haven't quite finished. Wish we were close...we'd get those bunnies made! Happy Spring!

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  9. What a sweet spring/Easter decoration. Perfect for jelly beans or some other treat. Have a great day, Heather

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  10. I do not know how to comment without repeating myself - cute, creative and clever! Love the rabbit's foot!

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  11. Cute, cute, CUTE! This is such a darling idea for an Easter gift :) I think I am going to have to make some for my nieces. Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

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  12. These are just adorable! You are so clever, I just love them!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  13. Those are just delightful. So cute!

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  14. So very cute! I smiled as soon as I saw them :)

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  15. oh they are just adorable, how neat you found some purple jars!!

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  16. These are fantastic!! Love the detail you put into these Gail! I love the jars too

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  17. These are fantastic!! Love the detail you put into these Gail! I love the jars too

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  18. These are precious! A perfect use for purple mason jars. Thanks for linking up with us at Idea Box link party. I hope you'll join us again this week!

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  19. So, so cute! I've never even seen purple mason jars - I'll have to keep an eye out for them now! And your bunny toppers are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesdays!

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  20. Hi! I'm visiting from Roses of Inspiration...and I must say these are about the cutest things I've seen in a while! I have never seen the purple jars. For someone who loves purple such as yourself, you had to have been thrilled! Happy Easter!

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  21. So adorably cute! These would be perfect for my kiddos!

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