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Bunny Banjo

Besides being hardworking miners, the Seven Dwarfs were also accomplished musicians who composed lively tunes on some noteworthy instruments. Grumpy's pipe organ, for example, was carved with frogs, fish, squirrels and a whole host of other forest creatures. And Doc played a long-necked, stringed device called a swanette. With a little help, young music fans can join the band by turning a small box and a few rubber bands into a floppy-eared bunny banjo.

You'll need:

  • A medium-size toothpaste box
  • Glue gun or tacky glue
  • 2 toothpicks
  • Acrylic or craft paints (white and gray)
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • Scrap paper or cardboard
  • Damp sponge
  • Bunny Banjo templates
  • Scissors
  • Felt (gray, pink, and white)
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pencil
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom poms (one small pink one for the nose, two medium white ones for the cheeks, and one large white one for the tail)
  • Craft knife
  • A few rubber bands
Instructions:
  1. Open the top and bottom of the toothpaste box and then carefully separate the side seam. Reconstruct the box with the printed surface on the inside, first gluing together the side seam and then gluing the top and bottom shut.
  2. Paint the box and the two toothpicks white. When the paint is dry, use the sponge to dab a topcoat of gray on the box and toothpicks to create the textured look of bunny fur. Practice on scrap paper or cardboard first, starting with just a bit of paint and then increasing the amount to make the coat darker if you like.
  3. Print out the Bunny Banjo templates and cut out the pieces to use as patterns. From the gray felt, cut out a pair of outer ears, a pair of front legs, and a pair of haunches. Then cut a pair of inner ears out of the pink felt and bunny teeth out of white felt.
  4. Cut two 6-inch lengths of pipe cleaner and glue each onto the center of a gray outer ear. Next, glue the pink inner ears on top of the outer ears, sandwiching the pipe cleaners between them. Glue the ears to the top of the box and shape them by bending the tops, as shown.
  5. Glue the front legs to the lower face of the box. Then attach a haunch to each of the box sides by running a line of glue down the straight edge of the felt and lining it up with the back edge of the cardboard.
  6. Use the pencil to mark where the bunny's facial features will go. Glue the eyes in place and then the teeth. Now glue on the pompom cheeks and nose, pinching the three together slightly and holding them in place until the adhesive begins to set.
  7. Use the craft knife to cut an round opening (about 1 1/2 inches wide) in the bunny's belly. Glue the toothpicks to the box on the sides of the opening.
  8. Stretch three rubber bands (of different widths) around the box and over the hole. Have your child pluck the "strings" to check out the sound. If she likes what she hears, go on to step nine. If not, try swapping out individual bands until you end up with a trio that appeals to her.
  9. For the finishing touch, glue a white pompom tail to the back of the bunny just above the rubber band strings.



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