Another cork craft idea inspired by my sizeable Christmas cork collection... from something fizzy this time! The shape at the top is perfect for a head so we thought rabbit, and it would make a sweet present for Valentine's day, especially with a little message written on the heart.
A Champagne/cava cork
Pink paper (or plain painted)
Black felt-tip or gel pen
Old Christmas/Birthday card (optional)
Pink felt tip pen (optional)
1. Paint the cork white and while it's drying fold a small piece of plain paper in half and draw half a long rabbit's ear on the fold. Make it about 6cm (21/2in long) and cut it out.
2. Before opening your ear up, place it on another folded piece of paper, lining up the folds and draw around it carefully. Cut out the second ear - this is a quick way of doing it and should keep them roughly the same size.
If you prefer, after cutting out the first one, open up and draw around the full ear shape, before cutting it out. You could also stick the ear on some spare cereal box card and cut it out to make an easier template to draw around. Whatever you find best.
3. For the pink ear middle the quick, easy option is to use a pink felt-tip pen. Draw the outline first inside the white ear and then colour it in. We decided to use some pink paper (or you could use painted/coloured plain paper). Fold it as in step 1, and draw a shorter (about 5cm/2in) and narrower ear shape that will fit inside the white one. Copy by following step 2, then glue on the pink middles with a rub of glue stick or a thin layer of craft glue.
4. Brush some glue on the bottom cm or so of the ears and fold them in half lengthways, pinching the bottom part so the sides glue together - then glue this bit to the sides of your bunny's head. If they're slipping or popping off - lie your rabbit on its side with a book leaning on the top ear.
5. While that's drying. cut out a strip for the arms - make it about 1cm wide (1/2in) and 8cm long (2in) though it might need to be longer if you have a big cork.
6. with a pencil, draw a semi circle at each end and cut carefully around the curve for the rabbit's paws.
7. Fold the arm strip in half to find the middle and brush or rub some glue either side of the fold, leave the arm ends glue-free. Stick the middle gluey part to the back of your bunny, in the grove just below the head.
8. Use a fine black felt-tip or gel pen to draw on a face, then, while holding the ears where they're attached to the cork, use your free hand to press open the top part of the ear, so you can see the pink middles clearly and the ears look fuller.
9. Fold another small piece of white paper in half and draw half a heart on the fold - make it roughly the same height as the bottom section of the cork, below the head. Open up the piece of paper, cut roughly around the heart shape and use a glue stick to attach it to some spare cereal box card. When dry, cut out the heart template and use it to draw around on some red card, or on some colourful old Christmas or Birthday cards. This is the time to add a Valentine's message if you want.
10. Dab some glue or rub glue stick on the paw ends on the inside, and attach one to one side of the heart. Make sure the pointy part of the heart is roughly level with the base of the cork. Fold the paw around the edge of the heart, pinching them together. Repeat on the other side, keeping the visible paws as equal as you can.