Giving props where props are due — I saw this project (or something very similar) while nosing through Etsy, about a year ago. I thought these bunnies were the cutest and decided to make my own.
This is a very simple project, and you can even bring in the kids and/or grands. I’m sure they’d enjoy it, too. In fact, isn’t it Spring break? (Just sayin’)
2 X 4 wood cut into three lengths; 8-inches, 6-inches and 4-inches, three small wooden hearts (about an inch in diameter), sanding paper, white, pink and black acrylic paint, burlap ribbon or something similar, various ribbons for the season, floral wire, wire clippers, scissors, paint brushes, and glue gun or white glue
As I said, this is a simple project, but it will take a little bit of time as you wait for the paint to dry. Perhaps you can engage the children in another project during that time. I had a piece of a 2X4 and all of the other supplies, but my guess is that you will spend about $15-$20 if you had to buy all of the supplies. But, you’ll be able to make a whole colony of bunnies.
Let’s get started.
First you’ll want to sand the blocks until all of the edges, especially, are smooth. Then take a damp paper towel and wipe it clean. Sanding the wood block not only smooths it, keeping splinters at bay, but it also makes it ready for painting. Paint adheres much better to a sanded surface, so be sure to sand the entire block.
After you’ve wiped it clean and you’re sure it isn’t damp, you can begin painting the blocks white. I only painted one coat, but that’s up to you. You may want two coats. Either way, you’ll then set the blocks aside to completely dry.
While those blocks are drying, paint the three wooden hearts pink. These will become the bunny’s nose. Set aside to dry.
While the paint dries, prepare the bunny’s ears by cutting three 12-inch pieces of burlap ribbon. The burlap, or something similar to it, should be about 3-inches wide. I used a wired ribbon that is the color of burlap, but isn’t actually burlap (it’s what I had on-hand). Then tie a knot in the center of each piece. To make the tied ribbon look more like bunny ears, cut the ends into a rounded shape, and if you’d like, brush some pink paint on the inside of the ears. Set aside for later.
If you’d like a little more of a rustic look to your bunnies, you can lightly sand the blocks, removing a little of the paint in places and then wipe the blocks down with a damp paper towel. Remember — don’t do anything until the paint on the blocks is completely dry.
You can see in the photo below that I only removed a little bit of the paint to give it that vintage look that is so popular today.
Now it’s time to make the bunny’s whiskers and apply the nose. You have three choices: You can cut 18 pieces of wire about 3-inches long and use them straight; or you can cut 18 pieces of wire about 4-inches long and kind of bend the back and forth to make funky whiskers; or you can take a long piece of wire and wrap it around the handle of a paint brush to make curlies. You decide.
I used funky whiskers. And I also painted little “stitches” on my hearts. Again, that’s a choice you can make.
Using a fine black marker, I painted stitches around the edge of my hearts. Decide where you want the bunny’s nose to be, put a glob of glue down (I used a hot glue gun, but you can use the cool guns.) While the glue is hot, lay the ends of the whiskers into the center of the glob of glue and then lay the heart on top of that. The glue should still be hot enough to move the whiskers around if you want to adjust their placement.
Painting the eyes is really quite simple, but you can use those plastic googly eyes, if you prefer. To paint the eyes, dip the end of a small paint brush into black paint, then press that into the spot on the block where you want to place the eyes, creating a black dot. Then dip a toothpick into a dab of white paint and press that into the black dot. Eyes done.
Now let’s apply the ears.
Put a glob of hot glue (or the cool glue) in the center of the top of the wood block — the top of the bunny’s head. Then press the knot of the burlap ribbon ears into the glue. To make it even cuter, attach a bow to the same area.
Seriously, how cute are these? And so easy to make.
I just had a thought, what if you painted the block yellow, instead of white; painted the wooden hearts orange, instead of pink; and put a small yellow, fluffy feather at the top, instead of ears?? You’d have an Easter Chick, then!! Hmmm…