Needle-Felting Tutorial: Miniature Bunny in a Walnut
If you’ve seen my Victorian Gilded Walnut Tutorial, you no doubt noticed the teeny, little bunny nesting in one of the walnut halves. Although mice might be more “Christmas-y,” my pet bunny, Flopsy served as the inspiration for this tiny craft. You can find the video tutorial and materials I used to make him below.
Around October, my dad and step-mom came to visit us, and upon seeing my Little Bird Terrarium Necklace I have listed in my Etsy shop, she exclaimed, “Will you make me a little animal for Christmas!?”
When I asked what animal she wanted, she looked around, spied our bunny in his condo, and said, “I don’t know, a bunny?”
Where they live (West Texas), it’s practically desert and they see gray Jack Rabbits and Desert Cottontails, so of course I made her a grey one. For those who follow me on Instagram, you probably know our Flopsy is white with gray spots. My mom has a Rabbit named Marshal Dillon (Flopsy’s dad) who has light brown spots. I basically made the whole family, haha!
The video tutorial includes how to make both, a solid and a spotted one. For the bunnies’ homes, I just matted together some mossy-colored wool for them to “nest” inside a walnut shell. If you would like to see how to shell a walnut to get two even halves, you can find that tutorial here.
I may make a cute “home” for them too, with shelves and food stores for the winter, a la inspired by Beatrix Potter. This tutorial is beginner-friendly, though if you are brand-new to needle-felting, it may be a good idea to make one on a larger scale first (maybe 1:4 scale?), as working in “dollhouse miniature” (1:12 scale) can result in some stabbed fingers if you are unpracticed.
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