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Felted Easter Egg Tutorial

Wet felting is such a warming and tactile experience for little hands. These wet felted eggs look lovely on an Easter Nature Table and can be carefully stored away after the holiday to be rediscovered and loved each and every year.

Make sure you download your FREE printable PDF with photos and instructions below. If you already have a Whole Family Rhythms Spring Guide, slot this into the Easter week section.

Wool Felted Easter Egg

Materials

coloured wool roving
egg shaped stone or plastic egg
one tub with hot water
one tub with cold water
liquid dishsoap

Let’s Begin

For the Carer:
  • Pull pieces of the roving apart
  • Wrap the roving around the stone or egg in one direction, then pull to “cut” any excess wool off
  • Wrap more wool the opposite direction of the first layer to create a second layer
  • Add 3-4 layers until you have a thick ball of dry wool layered on top of the stone or egg
  • Dip this wool egg gently into the hot water, then add a couple drops of the liquid dishsoap to the egg
  • Very gently pat and roll in your hands as it starts to felt
  • If holes begin to develop gently spread the wool over the hole and then roll, pat and rub again
 
For Children:
(this is a good time for younger children to help as the wool is not as delicate any more)
  • When the wool begins to felt and get tighter, dip it into the cold water (this shrinks the wool)
  • Rinse, then roll again adding more soap, rolling, rubbing, pressing, agitating, then dipping the egg in the cold, then adding to the hot and starting the process again
  • If you want to add coloured stripes or patterns in the top this is the time to add a small amount of roving to the base colour and rubbing, pressing and rinsing until it is attached to the egg

Flopsy Easter Bunny Tutorial

This Flopsy Bunny is an adorable addition to the Easter Nature Table or a wonderful addition to Easter Baskets.

Make sure you download your FREE printable PDF with photos, template and instructions below. If you already have a Whole Family Rhythms Spring Guide, slot this PDF into the Easter week section.

Flopsy Easter Bunny Tutorial

Materials

wool felt in colour of choice
contrasting wool felt in colour of choice (for inside of ears)
matching thread as well as thread for nose and eyes
wool roving for stuffing
white wool roving for tail
needle

printed Flopsy Easter Bunny template

Let’s Begin

  • Cut the pieces of template out and pin to your felt
  • Cut out 2 Ears the same colour, and two more ears a different colour (for the inside of the ears)
  • Cut out 2 Body pieces
  • Cut out 1 Head Strip piece
  • Cut out 1 Bottom
  • Using blanket stitch start by placing the two body pieces one on top of the other and blanket stitching them together from the place where it says “HEAD” all the way down, past the tail and ending where it says “BOTTOM”
  • At this time you are going to take the Bottom piece and begin blanket stitching the right side of the bottom piece to the right hand side body piece matching the places where it says “BOTTOM” all the way to the “NECK”
  • Keep going all the way around until the entire Bottom piece is attached to the two Body pieces
  • Take the Head Strip piece and again blanket stitch the right side of it to the right hand side of the Body piece, lining up the places where it says “NECK” all the way to the “HEAD”
  • When you’ve completed one side and there is only one more line to stitch, stuff the bunny- making sure to fill the feet well
  • Then blanket stitch the last Head Strip side to the Body to completely close
  • You may need to do a few extra little stitches in places you missed along the way
  • Stitch the ears together- each ear is two pieces of felt one of each colour
  • Attach to desired place- you could also create a Bunny with pricked ears by changing the placement and stitching
  • Embroider eyes and nose as desired

Our Family Traditions : Easter

Easter like Christmas can be a challenging holiday to celebrate for those who want to create meaningful family traditions, but who are also not strictly or philosophically connected to the Christian religion in any way.

Although my oldest child is ready for Biblical stories and their powerful moral and metaphorical interpretations, my other three children (under 7) are far too young to be told the story of Jesus’ death and rebirth.

All of this said,  I still aim to model and draw attention to some of the values and lessons associated with Easter such as self-sacrifice for the sake of the whole, new beginnings and the natural cycle of death and rebirth (especially in the natural world- plants, animals).

To help me with this, I rely heavily on Ostara, (the pagan feast/Spring Equinox festival) from which many easter traditions and customs were born from.

What is most important for our children is not so much whether we follow a specific religion or not but that if we choose to celebrate a holiday, that we authentically honour the festival by drawing on its values consciously.
Every year I ask myself once again (because sometimes our values change):
  • Why do we as a family celebrate at this time?
  • What is this tradition all about and what does it mean to us?

It’s so easy to get carried away with the material associations we have with the holidays that we sometimes forget to meditate on the underlying magic or spiritualism associated with them.

Here are a few of our personal Easter Traditions that I believe bring to life the values associated with this holiday:

  • Planting bulbs a month or so before Easter and watching them slowly bloom
  • Creating an easter tree- blowing eggs, painting or dying them with watercolours and hanging them on a bare branch placed in a tall vase
  • Adorning the Nature Table with Easter and Spring decorations such as bunnies, homemade candles, spring flowers and decorated eggs
  • Choosing a toy with the children that is clean, undamaged and special to give to charity (self-sacrifice)
  • Telling an Easter story once a week for the few weeks leading up to Easter (you can find it in the Spring Guide).
  • Having an egg hunt on Easter morning in the garden. The children discover many hard boiled eggs (they are less breakable) that are dyed in secret. These are from the Easter Bunny or Easter Hare. At the end of their hunt they usually find a small handmade felt toy or decoration and a small fair-trade chocolate egg in their tiny easter baskets
  • Sharing a big family meal together, often hosting or visiting extended family and friends

What are some of your Easter traditions? If you are not religious in the strict sense, do you find it difficult to connect with this holiday? How do you overcome this?