A chocolate rabbit was my favorite treat, in my Easter basket, as a kid.  Even a small stuffed bunny did not get my attention as much as a chocolate rabbit.  With shiny and colorful foil paper, it was very easy for me to find the chocolate bunny in my basket.  When I ate my chocolate bunny, I certainly savored every single chocolatey bite.  My chocolate rabbit was the best highlight of my Easter celebration.

Even before Easter, my grandmother would spoil me with a chocolate rabbit.  I remember going to the supermarket with her, and she would look at all the huge chocolate rabbits.  On some weekends, she would buy a big chocolate rabbit and eat it all by herself.  She certainly had a sweet tooth for chocolate!  I would often plead with her to buy me a gigantic chocolate bunny.  She told me that big chocolate bunnies were for adults and the little bunnies were for children. I was still very happy to have my small chocolate bunny.  Regardless of it’s size, it was still tasty.

When I see chocolate rabbits, I am reminded of the nice Easters that I had during my childhood.  I also reminisce about my experiences chocolate bunny shopping with my grandmother.  As a token to my childhood memories, I created a chocolate rabbit from chenille stems. For this project, you will need chenille stems, googly eyes, scissors and glue.

The first step of this project is to use black or brown chenille stems to create your bunny.  You can use the mold from a small chocolate bunny to trace the shape of your rabbit.  You must trace the shape, with chenille stems, two times.
Filling in the two parts of the rabbit, with either black or brown chenille stems, is the second step of this project.  Make sure each part is filled in neatly.

The third step is creating a round base to link your two rabbit shapes together.  Make a small circle for the base and fill in the base with chenille stems.  Link the base to the two rabbit parts to make a single rabbit.

Linking several pieces of chenille stems to form a single long piece is the third step of this project.  Hold the rabbit in your hand and use your free hand to insert the long chenille stem into the rabbit.  Use the long chenille stems like if it was a sewing needle to link the two rabbit parts together.  Make sure you do this neatly and take your time.  Remember to fill in all the empty spaces.

The final step is to add the finishing touches to your chocolate rabbit.  Glue one googly eye to each side of the rabbit’s face.  Give each eye adequate time to dry up. After the eyes dry up, make a simple bow.  Making this how will be like tying your shoelace.  You can use any color for the bow, but spring colors colors such as blue, pink or yellow will give your bunny s springtime look.  After you create the bow with chenille stems, put it around the rabbit’s neck.  Congratulations, noe you have a unique Easter decoration.

Can you name the country that was the first one to make chocolate bunny molds?  If you said Germany , then you are right.  The Germans bought chocolate bunnies to America and so much Easter you to children.  In the 1920s, chocolate bunnies became an Easter tradition in the US.

The custom of putting a chocolate bunny in a basket still continues today.  Across America, Easter mornings are certainly joyous for kids, for they look forward to finding the chocolate bunny in their basket and eating it.  The edible chocolate bunny will not last long, but the chocolate rabbit that you create, from chenille stems, will last for many Easters to come.