OK, I know this this is random but .. we’ve got a lot of scrap wood. And when I say a lot, I mean .. a LOT .. We did some building work last summer and we had a looooad of off cuts. You know the kind, .. the “it’s too good to throw but not sure what to do with it kinda stuff”. Well, turns out they are perfect for creating these fun Budget Bunnies. Want to add some rustic fun to your home this Spring (but don’t want to spend a lot)?. This budget project is perfect for you!
You may have seen my Facebook Live which shows you exactly how to do these step by step. If you’ve missed it, you can catch it here.
here’s what you need for your budget bunnies
- A scrap block of wood
- Paint (I used white acrylic paint, but left over emulsion paint or chalk paint also works great!)
- Hessian squares – like these ones (if you’ve not got these, you can use some left over material)
- Some pink felt (optional)
- Glue gun
- A paint brush, or sponge brush (I love these things!)
- Some raffia
- Some old buttons (or new ones .. how cute are these?) or round scrap book embellishments
- A paint brush or Sharpie pen (we’ll be using this for the eyes)
- Some sandpaper (only if the wood is not smooth already – just to get rid of some of the rough edges)
- Some scissors
Let’s get started
Start by giving the block of wood a light sand if needed. I only really sanded the edges to get rid of any wood splinters, but left the rest of the wood pretty rough – We’re going for a rustic look here so don’t worry about making it too perfect!
Next, give the block of wood a light coat of paint. I gave it a “barely there” light coat – enough for the wood grain to still pop through. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you get the idea. Set the block to one side to dry while you get started on the ears of the bunny.
adding the ears
Grab yourself one of the squares of the Hessian material (or any material you can get your hands on if you’ve not got the Hessian stuff). Mark out a rough outline of one ear. Or, if you’re feeling brave enough, just grab yourself some scissors and get straight to cutting.
To get the pink detail in the ear, cut some pink felt in a similar shape. Just a smaller version of it. This will sit on top of the ear, just to add some colour. Don’t worry if you don’t have any felt! You can use some pink acrylic paint or a felt tip pen to add some pink detail too.
Hot glue the pink felt onto the Hessian ear and your ears are done! Can you see just how not perfect these are?! Seriously, don’t worry .. It all adds to the charm 🙂
Pinch the bottom of the ear together and just blob a bit of hot glue onto the bottom. Push down onto the block. Repeat the same process for the other ear. If they don’t fall perfectly, don’t worry – adding a bit of glue here and there will allow you to manipulate the ears in different directions!
Just one thing .. Don’t set the ears too far forward (leaving room for a bow that is going to hide any imperfections!). If you’ve got a slightly deeper block, don’t set the ears too far back (it’s going to make your bunny look a bit funky 😉 – somewhere in the middle is perfect!
The finishing touches
To make the bow for your Budget Bunnies, I used some Raffia. It’s messy (seriously … my kitchen looked like I’d been feeding a horse!), BUT a lot of fun!
Cut off enough raffia to loop both of the ends. Kinda like creating a figure of 8. Next, grab a bit of raffia or some string and wind it around the middle. This will keep the 2 loops into place. Next, put a dollop of glue in the middle of the ears, towards the front. Press the bow into the glue (mind those fingers) 😉
It’s taking shape now!
Your bunny is really starting to take shape now! Grab a bit more raffia to make the whiskers. Just a couple of strands will do – don’t worry if it looks a bit messy – you can cut them into the right shape and size later. Add a small bit of glue in the middle and press them down. Next, add a button or embellishment on top of the raffia, in the middle, to create a cute bunny nose.
All that’s left is the eyes now. I used the back of a brush (say whaaat??). Dip into some black paint and press down on the piece of wood, make small swirling motions and repeat on the other side. Alternatively of course you can just grab yourself a Sharpie or a felt tip pen to finish off your Budget Bunnies!
How cute are these added to a tray in your kitchen? Or standing on a sideboard? Go on!
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