Ready to add some cute decor to your home this Easter? Follow along as I teach you a new technique to make the cutest chippy bunny EVER!!
No, Chippy is not the name of this bunny. If I had to name her, it would be something much cuter and fun. Like, Beatrice the Bunny, or maybe even Betty Bunny. But Chippy Bunny is all about the super adorable and simple technique I used to create her. Let me teach you how to do this great technique and so many other fun crafting tips with this DIY Spring craft.
With just a few supplies that I am sure you already have in your home or stashed away in your craft room, you can make Beatrice or Betty the cutest little CHIPPY BUNNY you have ever seen. She would be cute resting anywhere in your home near with other Easter decor on your bookshelf, mantle, dinner table, front entry, wherever! So are you ready to give it a try? I know some BUNNY who is… ME!
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE A Cute CHIPPY BUNNY:
- Bunny Head (Woodpecker Crafts)
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint – White
- Deco Art Acrylic Paint: Burnt Umber
- Deco Art Acrylic Paint: Cotton Candy
- Wooden Hearts
- Floral Scrapbook Paper
- Putty Knife – Flat Edge Tool
- Mini iron with Parchment Paper
- Fabric Jelly Roll – Spring Colors (JoAnn’s)
- Craft wire
- Posca Pen
- Chip or paint brushes
- Sanding block 220 grit
- Hot glue
- Heat Gun
- Baby Wipes
- Puppy Pads
1 – Grab your wooden bunny and lightly sand your wood. Wipe it down with a baby wipe to remove excess debris. Tip* This helps your paint adhere better to the wood.
2 – With the Baby Wipe Technique, simply add a drop or two of your acrylic paint directly on your wood. Wipe it with a baby wipe, staying with the grain to cover the area. Tip* If you don’t have baby wipes, use a damp paper towel instead. Or spritz water directly on the wood and use a cloth to wipe.
3 – Use your heat gun to speed up the drying process. This will ensure that your next layer of color doesn’t become muddled.
4 – Grab your Vaseline and with your finger, lightly add some directly to your wood in areas along the edges that you would like the “Chippy look” to appear. This allows for the next coat of paint to not directly adhere to the wood, creating a fun new texture to the craft. I focused on all over the face, but next time I would focus on just the edges by the ears and the bottom. Tip* Use a candle instead of Vaseline.
5 – Grab your chip brush and add an even coat of Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint – White all over your bunny. Tip* Try not to go back and forth with your brush so it doesn’t get gloppy with the Vaseline you just added.
6 – Dry with your heat gun and you will begin to see where it is cracked in the areas of Vaseline. Tip* You could leave your bunny as is and skip the next step with the scraping flat edge tool if you like that look.
7 – Once dry, grab your flat edge tool and begin to scrape off, up and down the paint where you added your Vaseline to allow for the treated wood to appear underneath.
8 – To smooth it out, clean it up a bit with your sandpaper again lightly. Wipe off debris.
9 – Lay your scrapbook paper with floral design down and place the bunny’s ears down on the paper with the chippy side facing up. Trace around those ears. Cut around the inside of your tracing about 1 cm to create the inner section of your bunny’s ears. Tip* Cut to your liking and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.
10 – Using Mod Podge and a clean chip brush, apply a thin layer directly to the wood, eyeballing where the scrapbook paper will go. Then dry your Mod Podge with a heat gun. Trust me with this technique if you don’t want to have wrinkled scrapbook paper!
11 – Lay your bunny ear floral paper inserts on top of your dried Mod Podge. Apply some parchment paper over the scraps and then reactivate the Mod Podge with a mini iron. It will seal it to your wood.
12 – Grab your wooden heart, either big or little is up to you, and apply a thin layer of pink acrylic paint to make it pop. Set aside to dry.
13 – Grab your craft wire and wire cutters to cut 3 little strips to serve as her whiskers. Tip* Go through your craft stash instead of buying wire. Use raffia or anything you think will work. Be creative.
14 – Play with the placement of whiskers and nose to determine where to add your eyes. With a mallet, add your tacks with a bit of hot glue on ends for eyes on the bunny. Tip* You can paint on, draw on, glue on eyes using buttons, etc., instead. Use what you have.
15 – Bring 3 cut wires back over and hot glue on the back of the bunny’s nose – the painted wooden heart. Allow the glue to dry completely.
16 – Add a bit more hot glue to your nose to stick to your bunny head. I place the heart upside down, but I think it is cute both ways. Curl your whiskers with the end of your paintbrush or leave them straight if you prefer. Tip* You could stop right here and it would still be cute!
17 – Grab a piece of fabric to accent your scrapbook paper and tie on a bow on one of the bunny’s ears. Be as fancy as you want when making your bow. But for me, I simply tie on a bow like I am tying my shoes. 2 BUNNY ears seemed fitting. Ha! Hot glue in place to keep secure. Trim edges and glue down.
18 – You can add a mouth as I did to my bunny with a black Posca Pen by simply drawing it on. Or you can skip that step entirely and it will still be cute.
There you have it. A new piece of Spring decor to add to your home that will always make you smile. This BUNNY is so adorable and so easy to make. I love how all throughout this craft, I could have stopped at so many different stages and she would still be cute. But for me, being a little extra, had to do just that… Add a little extra! I am so glad I did.
So let me know what you think… Is this bunny too much or just the right amount of adorable? Either way, I had so much fun creating her and I know you will too!