It feels like we’ve had an A to Z of storms recently! Is it just me, or does it feel like winter has been going on for-eee-ver?! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to invite some Spring into my home. Even if it’s still horrible outside, I just need a reminder that Spring is just around the corner. And this very simple Bunny Canvas is a great, simple project to start off with. And how cute does this little fellow look, just propped on the side, or hanging on a wall?
Here’s what you need
To create your simple bunny canvas you’ll only need a few things.
- A canvas – I used one that was 20 x 20 cm. I bought a pack of 4 at Home Bargains and I think I only paid about £2.99 for 4. Bargain! If they don’t do them at Home Bargains anymore, Wilkinsons may have them or alternatively of course, there’s good old Amazon here.
- A bunny silhouette cut out. I cut out a stencil with my Silhouette machine, but you can totally do this by printing a bunny silhouette on a piece of paper, (or light cardboard) and cutting the inside out with a pair of scissors, so you’re left with the outline of the bunny 🙂
- Acrylic paint of your colour choice, I used this Hydrangea colour
- A pom pom – I used a 3 cm white pom pom that I had left over from a previous project, but you can make your own if you’re feeling adventurous. Alternatively, just use a cotton wool ball (they come in lovely pastel shades that you can mix and match for a whole load of bunnies)
- Glue Gun, or strong hobby glue
- Some raffia for a bow (or some ribbon if you prefer)
- Piece of string for the bunting (this is optional, but super cute)
- Some scrap pieces of paper to make the bunting flags
- Cuppa tea – this is optional, but what the heck – take some time out for yourself!
You’ve got this!
Start with positioning your stencil, or cut out. I used some tape to stick the stencil down, to make sure it didn’t move.
With a sponge brush (or a stencil brush if you prefer), dab the paint onto the canvas, taking care to go around the outside of the stencil. I prefer to make a dabbing motion, rather than a sliding motion. It’s just personal preference, but I find there is less chance of any of the paint getting under the stencil that way. As you’re dabbing, make sure to keep the stencil in one place to avoid any “bleeds”, or any paint getting underneath the edges. Keep going around the whole stencil and completely fill in the silhouette with paint.
Carefully remove the stencil to reveal your bunny picture. It’s looking great already! Next, when the paint is dry, glue it’s little tail into place by adding a small dab of glue from your glue gun and press down until it’s set. I didn’t take a picture of this stage, but you get the idea!
You can totally leave it there if you want as it looks pretty cute as it is. However, I wanted to add just a little bit more detail and texture so I added a bow made with some raffia. It’s simple to do (albeit a bit messy .. this raffia stuff gets everywhere. My craft room looked like I’d been feeding a horse!).
Form a loop on one side, next create a loop on the other side (like a figure of 8) and then wrap the rest of the raffia around the loops in the middle (see pic). Cut off any excess. Use your glue gun to dab a little bit of glue and keep it in place. One it’s dried, glue the bow onto the bunny. Press in place and hold down until it’s set.
Optional finishing touches
As you can see, it’s looking totally gorgeous and cute without the bunting and so the next step is optional. To add a bit more interest and detail to this bunny canvas, I created some bunting from some pieces of small scrapbook paper. Or you can create your own with cardboard, or even good quality wrapping paper. Measure out a small “line” with your string. You will be attaching the triangle bunting to this. Next cut enough little triangles to fill your “line”.
With the glue gun I glued a small piece of string to the canvas, let it set and then glued the triangle bunting on top. To finish the whole thing off, I used a pencil to add some whiskers and traced these with black paint using a very fine brush. However, just using the pencil, or a fineliner pen will totally do the trick too.
And there you have it! Your bunny canvas masterpiece completed in hardly any time at all. Seriously, this whole project will probably take you less than half an hour.
How cute does this look just sitting on a shelf or a dresser? If you like this project, please share with your friends. And don’t forget to Pin it to one of your boards so you can find it later!
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