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Crafty Bunny

June 19, 2012

Do you know the story of The Runaway Bunny? 

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It’s by Margaret Wise Brown, the same author of Goodnight Moon, but it doesn’t seem to be quite as well known as that bedtime classic. 

Still, The Runaway Bunny has always been one of my favorites, and now that I’m a mother bunny myself, it resonates with me even more.  The little bunny in the book has everything he could possibly want—food, warmth, love—and still he yearns to run away.  “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.  For you are my little bunny.”

Again and again, the little bunny tests the limit of the mother bunny’s love.  He insists that he will become a swimming trout, a rock high on a mountain, a crocus in a hidden garden.  And, again and again, the mother bunny maintains that wherever he goes, whatever he becomes, she will find a way to bring him back to her.  “If you become a bird and fly away from me,” said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.” 

The other night as I was reading the book to Lila, I thought to myself, what a beautiful statement from mother to child. 

I will be a tree that you come home to.

We received two copies of The Runaway Bunny as gifts for Lila, and because we had an extra copy laying around, I decided to use it to create a little nursery art.  Inspired by Kelle Hampton’s crafty photo project in this post, I got to work on my own mounted wall art. 

First, I picked out frames and fabric that I thought would go well in the nursery:

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Then, I covered the cardboard frame backing with the fabric and glued eight wooden blocks on the board for the book pages:

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And covered each post with two-way sticky tape.

Then, I cut the pages I wanted to use down to size for the frame and stuck them onto the blocks:

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I trimmed the corners so that they’d have a cuter shape.

And that was it! Pretty easy, and pretty cute if I do say so myself. 

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The shape of the frames kind of mimic the shape of her crib, so we hung them right above it:

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A nice reminder that this mother bunny will always love her little bunny:

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2012 3:53 pm

    Oh great craft project. Looks fantastic! I love that picture of you and Lila too. So sweet.

  2. Emo permalink
    June 19, 2012 4:01 pm

    So sweet! I love the art — especially the black and white pictures with the colored background.

  3. June 19, 2012 4:20 pm

    Too cute! We have that book too 🙂

  4. June 19, 2012 4:44 pm

    Super cute! I love any craft projects that involve literary references. 🙂

  5. Marcee permalink
    June 19, 2012 4:46 pm

    Ohmygosh that is absolutely gorgeous Anna!

    Along with your comparison story …. just brilliant.

    I {{heart}} bunny stories!

    The photo of mom and baby is adorable.

    Hope everyone had an enjoyable Father’s Day!

  6. June 19, 2012 5:44 pm

    We have that book…it’s literally worn out!

  7. June 19, 2012 6:02 pm

    love this idea! i have so many favorite books that i would use this for in wes’s room!

  8. Ali permalink
    June 19, 2012 7:06 pm

    Oh, I LOVE this book! What a great craft idea. It turned out so cute! A great addition to Lila’s room.

  9. June 19, 2012 7:57 pm

    What a great art project and it turned out so beautiful! Love that book too! So sweet!

  10. June 19, 2012 9:57 pm

    I love this story! What a beautiful and simple keepsake!

  11. June 20, 2012 4:40 am

    What a fun craft project, love it! And I’m already thinking of books we can do this with! 🙂

  12. June 20, 2012 11:00 am

    How awesome!! And that last picture of you too is priceless!

  13. June 20, 2012 11:16 am

    How crafty! I love this idea!

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