It’s so adorable, we can hardly bear it. Folks, felt crafts just don’t get any sweeter than this. Maker extraordinaire Dyan Heffner showed us how to DIY these pinecone bears, and we’re completely obsessed. Look at their little noses! Plus, they only take a few minutes to create, and we guarantee your kids will adore them.
1. Gather Your Materials
These giant knit bunnies can be made in just a few hours using an arm knitting technique, which gives these knits their cozy, chunky look, according to their designer, Annie Weil of Flax and Twine and author of Knitting Without Needles.
The project only requires a few materials, and you can use a set of free instructions and patterns to make them, which Annie shared with Sweet Paul magazine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bear pattern (Download it here for free)
- Felt ($10 for 30 sheets, amazon.com)
- Pinecones ($4 for 7-oz. bag, amazon.com)
- Scissors ($6, amazon.com)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue ($12 for set, amazon.com)
2. Cut Out Your Pattern
The bunny patterns come in two different sizes, and you can customize their look by using various yarn hues. The instructions recommend this project for intermediate knitters, but fellow crafters have reassured that just about anyone can tackle this simple project.
If you knit, you practically don’t even need the pattern, one commenter wrote on Facebook
These precious creatures are a wonderful homemade present to give year-round, but they’re especially fitting as an Easter gift.
3. Use the Pattern to Cut the Felt Pieces
You’ve probably seen them everywhere: Cozy, chunky knit blankets are really big right now. In fact, they’ve become so popular, there are now a ton of easy DIY tutorials that exist, and we’ve seen a boon in cute spin-off accessories too.
But of all the interpretations we’ve seen, this idea is by far the most adorable.
4. Assemble the Bear’s Face
Use hot glue to attach the inner ears, nose and eyes to the bear’s head. Turn your pinecone into a woodland creature by attaching the bear’s head, arms and legs with hot glue.
5. Make Your Bear Some Friends
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