How to Make a Washcloth Boo-boo Bunny
An adorable washcloth boo-boo bunny that acts as a mini ice pack and comforter for your little one! Just a washcloth and rubber band needed––this simple tutorial will show you how to make your own.
Last year my baby spent a lot of time in the hospital. Within seven months, she was admitted to ICU five times, and it was an incredibly difficult time. We were blessed with really wonderful doctors, and exceptional nurses who took great care of her, and when you’re spending weeks in the hospital at one time, you get to know them pretty well.
Caroline was between 15-21 months during this time, and being old enough to walk but young enough to be confined in a crib was a challenge, and I was constantly looking for ways to entertain her. She also had a lot of shots, IV’s and treatments and watching your baby go through it is pretty terrible. The nurses were definitely the bright spots–they were so good with her, and were constantly coming up with ways to make things easier. That’s how I learned about the boo-boo bunny, and I couldn’t wait to make my own to use with my kids at home. They’re perfect for little hands, and a great addition to your home first aid collection.
Washcloth Boo Boo Bunny
Adorable, right??!! It’s a two-for-one…it’s a darling bunny to hold for comfort when things hurt, and it’s also a mini ice pack. For all those bumps and bruises and scrapes, the boo-boo bunny is a super cute way to help your little ones! I just love it.
And it couldn’t be easier…all it takes is a few minutes and simple items are all you need.
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- White washcloth (or color of choice)
- Large rubber band
- Pink grosgrain ribbon (optional)
- Sharpie or permanent marker
- Ribbon to cover rubber band
On a flat surface, lay out a washcloth with the points facing you.
Roll up one side of the washcloth…
then the other side.
Turn the washcloth on its side, then fold in half.
Pinch the sides together, the lift the front half up, bending it in half.
Grab hold of the part that’s bent in the front, and wrap the rubber band around it.
And you’ve got a darling washcloth bunny!
The hole in the middle section, the “tummy”, is where you can tuck in a piece of ice.
For a little bunny face, I added a piece of pink grosgrain ribbon cut into a triangle for a cute little nose, and a Sharpie to make eyes and whiskers. You could also use a pink permanent marker instead of the ribbon for eyes. I’ve seen some add googly eyes with hot glue instead of a Sharpie, but I didn’t want to take the chance that a little one would be able to get it off with their fingers or their teeth. I covered up the rubber band with a piece of ribbon tied in a bow around it for a bit of decoration.
Now this little bunny is ready to be added to the First Aid Kit, ready to comfort when needed!
How to use your boo-boo bunny:
When you’re ready to use your washcloth boo-boo bunny, slide a plastic reusable ice cube into the middle section of the bunny. Keep them in the freezer so they’re ready when needed. You can always use a regular ice cube, but it can get pretty drippy!
These also make adorable baby shower gifts! Gather a few extra supplies for bath or first aid, and can tuck them into a basket for a thoughtful gift.
**First posted in 2015, updated July 2022.
Kierste Wade is a published author, blogger, and mom to six. With more than 20 years DIY and project experience, she has been sharing ideas on her blog since 2009. Focusing on simple and doable projects, she loves to share attainable ideas for all things home, holidays, and family. Kierste has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, American Farmhouse Magazine (print and online) Taste of Home, Country Living, and more.