I came across the easiest tutorial for these knitted bunnies whilst perusing Pinterest the other day. This cute little bunny started off as a simple knitted square. The original pattern can be found at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-bunnies. My mum and daughter have named this one Boris. I think I will make some more (possibly a larger size) for my niece and nephew.
I got this idea from a friend of mine who has made a large number of these as lighting for her summer wedding. I washed out some old jars I had (I like the small Doritos salsa dip jars as I think they look cute) and then wrapped some twine around the jar. I have attached hearts & flower shapes to the jars that I have made from salt dough (recipe below). I then filled with coffee beans (you could fill with whatever you fancy pebbles, sand etc) and a lovely scented candle (velvet amber) that I got from Sainsbury’s. The coffee beans warm up when the candle is lit and combined they give off a lovely scent
Salt Dough Recipe
it doesn’t really matter too much about precise weights as long as you stick to the principle of one, half, half e.g.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cold water
mix all ingredients into a bowl and kneed until dough is soft and pliable
roll out onto a floured surface to approx. 1/8″ thick
cut into shapes
using a straw make holes to be able to thread them onto your twine
you can now leave to dry for 48 hours or bake in the oven on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper for 2 hours at 220 f
let your shapes cool completely before painting them
I like to give mine a coat of pva glue once dried to stop them from cracking
happy making x
Now that I have reduced my hours at work, I am able to finish some of the projects I started that I just didn’t have time for before. My first project was to finish the granny square blanket I had started to make for my mum. I made this blanket using 4 giant granny squares in red (although it looks more like a dark pink in some lights), white and black and also grey, white and black. The blanket is really soft as I used double knit baby care wool by woolcraft.
Hopefully my mum will like it, looks like my cat does!!