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i’m so excited about today’s guest DIY! it comes from halligan norris smith, who i met through fp jemma and is an amazingly talented and crafty lady! we posted some photos from her beautiful wedding a little while back, and they definitely give you a taste of her creative aesthetic…so when she said she wanted to do a DIY for our blog i knew it would be awesome!

i’m sure you’ve all seen the foxtail trend that seemed to take over the blog world last summer… well in a spin on that trend, remember the phenomenon that was rabbits feet? i had a few of the so-called good luck charms when i was little.  but thanks to the crafty genius of halligan, you can make your own faux rabbit’s foot in just a few easy steps and have an adorable keychain or accessory to wear this summer!

Tools:
needle and thread
glue – such as E6000

Materials:
faux fur
beads
wire or looped head pins
bead caps
chain
embroidery thread
tin foil

Instructions:

Step 1: Download and print out template from our flickr page. Cut out your outline.

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Step 2: Trace paper template shape onto the back of two pieces of faux fur.

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Step 3: Cut out both shapes.

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Step 4: Place both fur sides together and do a simple blanket stitch around the outside, leaving about 1 1/4″ open for stuffing.

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Step 5: Turn rabbit’s foot fur side out.  Then take your tin foil, roll it up and squeeze enough to fit vertically inside the pouch.  Then, use polyfill to fill any remaining open space.

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Step 6: Slightly curl lips of opening, line with glue, and pinch closed with a clothespin.

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Step 7: Trim extra fur from around tip of you rabbit’s foot form.

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Step 8: Use embroidery thread to wrap tip of rabbits foot, tie off and glue string ends.

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Step 9: Sew 3 bead “toenails” onto base of rabbit’s foot.

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Step 10: Use a curled head pin or curl wire to form loop. Put loop through bead cap and put glue onto wire before inserting into top of rabbit’s foot.

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Step 11: String chain into loop.

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All done! Use them as keychains, hang from your car’s rearview mirror as a good luck charm, or clip them to your bag or belt loops for a super cute accessory :)

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images by the talented jess roberts, and be sure to check out halligan’s website here. thank you so much ladies!

top two images via fashiontoast and minkpink.

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Comments

Angela -April 13, 2011, 12:22PM

LOVE it!!!! Thank you, I’m so excited to make these this weekend as a beginning to the good weather in Michigan.

Abi -April 13, 2011, 12:25PM

I can’t wait to make these!

Sierra -April 13, 2011, 1:23PM

So cute. i really love that FAUX fur is used!

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Monie -April 13, 2011, 1:38PM

Such a great and fun idea!

Stephanie -April 13, 2011, 3:00PM

absolutely love it i have to do this asap!

amanda -April 13, 2011, 3:40PM

TOTALLY going to make one of these come the weekend.

robin -April 13, 2011, 8:43PM

How cute, I’m going to make these for Easter Baskets!

! -April 13, 2011, 10:43PM

Love this post! Great idea!

Michellele -April 13, 2011, 11:51PM

LOVE this..very creative..i just mite try to make it!

Taylor -April 17, 2011, 10:12AM
mandy -April 27, 2011, 1:19AM

wow, they are so sweet.
makes me wish i was a bit more crafty with fabric.

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tee -December 27, 2011, 12:09AM

aww I LOVE this!!! I too had them as a child. I don’t think I ever thought about what it really meant. I would much rather have this cruelty version! Thanks for posting!

maggi -July 16, 2012, 7:12PM

id love to see this done with real rabbits feet!

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