Tutorial: Make a Furry Bunny Tail for your Cloth Diapers! Easter Photo Prop

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DIY Bunny Tail Tutorial

A photo of a baby wearing a cloth diaper with a bunny tail attached caught my eye on Pinterest {original photo} and I knew I needed to recreate the shot for an Easter card.  I didn’t find a ready made bunny tail when I was shopping (though I did find 2 pairs of furry bunny ears at Michael’s for $4 each) so instead I decided to make my own out of yarn.  I couldn’t find the first tutorial I had planned to use so I asked my Mother-in-Law if she knew how to make them and she showed me the cardboard circle method!  I attached my tail using a badge holder which explained why it is high up on the bum.  To get it centered on the diaper you’ll have to find your own method.  Hint- tape does not work.

Time required: Less than 10 minutes.

Supplies: Boa Yarn in Desired Color.  Also called “eyelash yarn.”  I found it at Michaels.  it looks like a stuffed animal, not hard to find! ($3.99)

Spare cardboard (free)

Scissors (free)

Clip on Badge holder (OPTIONAL)

Instructions:

Step 1: Take your cardboard and cut two circles out.  You’ll need to visualize how “big” you want the tail.  The size of the pom pom will correlate to the size of your circles.  Take the two whole circles and cut a smaller hole in the center.  The hole needs to be big enough that you can pass the ball of yarn through it.  There is a direct relationship between the hole and the circle- cut a huge hole in the circle and you defeat the purpose of the large circle.  The space between the outside edge of the circle and the start of the hole inside represents the length of yarn.  Less=smaller ball.  More=larger ball.  I used thin cardboard but have also used currogated cardboard, both work fine.

 

Step 2:  Roll a ball of yarn up.  The fluffier and fuller you want the tail to be the more yarn you need to roll out.  I made a small but tight ball the first time.  This time I used two balls that were looser.  My first tail came out heavier out fluffier.   Second is on the thinner side but because the yarn is furry it is hard to tell unless you handle them.

Step 3:  Tie the yarn around the two cardboard circles and wrap around and around until you are satisfied with the amount.  You can always add more if you run out of yarn on your ball and still want more.

Step 4:  Cut a length of the same yarn about 6-8 inches.  Take a pair of scissors and find the space between your two cardboard circles.  Snip the yarn all the way around the circle.

Step 5: Thread the single strand in between the two circles and tie a knot tight.  This knot pulls the whole thing together to make it a ball.  Remove cardoboard circles after knot is tight and secure.  LEAVE THREAD LONG IF YOU WANT TO USE THEM TO TIE THE TAIL ONTO SOMETHING.

Tada!  DIY Bunny Tail using Yarn and the “pom pom” method.

Optional Step 6:  Use a badge clip to attach the tail to the back of a diaper or pants.  Make a loop with the yarn and tie it into the snappable loop.  Attach tail to cloth diaper or pants and Voila!  Fluffy Bunny Tail and Perfect Photo Prop for Easter!  (Tip: you’ll need your baby to be wearing a shirt to cover the top of the badge holder.  You can even make the loop longer for the tail to hang down further.)

Everett almost looks like a real bunny in his new outfit!

PS- do not leave your yarn unattended or this might happen…

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Ash

    I love it! I was wondering how to attach it without putting holes in the diaper–genius! And I love the yarn you got, I’m totally going to have to run to Michael’s today and copy that for my twins’ 1st Easter. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica Obomsawin

    Great Idea! This will be happening at my house :)

  • GreenHippie Mama

    very cute idea! :) Thanks for the info I may try this for this weekends easter pics! :) I found bunny ears at target in the dollar bins a few weeks ago! they also had one that looks like a flower! :)

    • GreenHippie Mama

      I could not find boa yarn, checked michaels hobby lobby and joanns i ended up with Sensations (brand) Beautfiul from joanns. It is still fluffy and cute! :)

      • Anonymous

        How did the tail turn out?

        Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

      • GreenHippie Mama

        very cute and fuzzy this yarn was prolly the closest to what you had used! I used it in Easter photo shoot yesterday and it is very cute! :) I actually clipped it on with one of her tiny barrettes!

      • Anonymous

        that is a good idea too! Sadly I don’t have any of those laying around lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Veronica-Yeh/755658974 Kathleen Veronica Yeh

    Holy moly these are SO cute!!!!!!!! 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Katie!

      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Ash

    here’s how mine turned out–too cute!! http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a73/caliash/12_04April3.jpg

    • Anonymous

      Oh that is even cuter!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ambria

      Oh goodness that is SO adorable!!!

  • http://www.eyecraft.blogspot.com/ Jean Knee

    how darling

  • http://a-bug-in-a-rug.blogspot.com.au/ Bugs

    cu-te!

  • Mel

    I don’t get it


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