Baby Girl Ward was born recently (view pics of the cutie here!), so while I’m out learning how to raise this tiny human, I’ve asked some amazeballs bloggers to visit! Today’s post comes from a good friend of mine, Sarah Ann Noel. She’s sharing a sweet project for a different kind of “boo”!
One of my hardest lessons in motherhood (thus far): No matter how careful you are, “boo-boos” will happen. And it’s better to take them in stride than to be a helicopter-mama. So, now that my daughter, Iris, has hit clumsy, awkward two-and-a-half, where her kid-length gangly limbs are still trying to function like a kid instead of a toddler, boo-boos are a near daily occurrence. Sometimes there are real ouchies; but I’ve found that, more often than not, it’s just a matter of diffusing the situation.
Enter, boo-boo bunny. This was a trick my mom used when we were little, a sure-fire way to, not only make sure you get ice on an injury, but also to dry some tears and draw a smile.
- an old washcloth
- a rubber band or hair tie
- some “embellishments” (I chose eyes and a ribbon)
- a hot glue gun
Lay your washcloth out flat in the shape of a diamond and completely roll from corner to corner.
Fold the rolled cloth in half to join the two ends (these will be your “ears”). Then fold in half again, so that the “ears” ends meet the folded middle. Secure this shape with the rubber band or hair tie somewhere in the middle. The end result should allow the ears to float up and create a “ring-shaped” body in the back. Pull the top corner through the bottom for the tail. You’ll want to tack or secure with a hot glue gun.
Embellish! I covered the hair tie with a pretty, girly ribbon (I have pretty, girly girls) and gave the little guy some sparkly blue eyes (because my little girls have sparkly blue eyes). Keeping in mind that this is to be used (and used hard) by my toddler, I secured everything with hot glue.
An ice cube should fit in the ring-shaped body, for a cute cuddly friend that makes ouchies all better.
Sarah Ann Noel is a Denver blogger and author writing mostly short stories and essays focusing on a young married life, capturing lessons and observations of love, faith, motherhood, lifestyle choices, and growth. She is married to Trevor and writes from home to be with her daughters, Iris and Edith.
photography: Sarah Ann Noel