How adorable will this painted bunny on wood be for Easter decor this year? Very adorable, that’s right! You can paint this cute bunny sign to refresh your existing Easter decorations and get yourself in a hip hop, happy mood!
Even though I’m using this wooden bunny sign as Easter decorations, I think this craft idea would also look so cute hanging in a nursery or child’s room.
PAINTED BUNNY ON WOOD FOR EASTER
Before we get to the tutorial… It’s time for the monthly Sustainable Pinterest Challenge, where my blogger friends and I pick an idea from one of our Pinterest boards and make it into a “use it up,” recycled, upcycled craft or decor. Our April theme is “Welcome Spring.” Be sure to click the links at the end of my post to see eight more spring ideas!
When spring arrives my mind starts thinking about Easter! For this Pinterest Challenge, I decided to use up some unfinished wood pieces from my overflowing storage tub. I found an oval shape to mimic an egg and I found lots of bunny cutouts to choose from.
- oval unfinished wood shape
- bunny unfinished wood cutout
- craft paints ~ white, grey, pink, black
- painter’s tape
- small foam paint brush
- artist paint brushes
PAINTING THE WOODEN OVAL SHAPE WITH BUFFALO PLAID:
I wanted to add some colorful pizazz to my grey bunny, so I thought a nice background contrast would be a light turquoise buffalo plaid. I really like how it turned out!
Use the foam sponge brush to paint white on each side of the oval and the outer edges. You will need 2 to 3 coats.
You’ll be using the painter’s tape to make your plaid design. Follow the illustrated tutorial for painting buffalo plaid which can be found in my wooden cutting board makeover post.
I used this painted bunny from Pinterest to gain some painting inspiration to create my own look. I have provided some photos of my painted wood bunny showing how it progressed along the way so you’re able get an idea of the major steps.
HOW TO PAINT A BUNNY ON WOOD
Start by painting the side edges and the top side of your bunny with white paint. Two coats will be needed. Let dry completely.
Use a pencil to sketch the features of a bunny on your wood cutout.
Squirt out blobs of each paint color so you’ll be able to mix them together to create your layering, highlighting and shading in the next steps.
Below is how my mixing sheet looks as I’m using it.
I started on the ears with a base coat of grey and pink.
Begin mixing your paints, like white mixed into the grey to make a lighter grey, and likewise for the pink.
Start layering and blending your paint where you want the highlights to be. There are no “mistakes” because you can just keep painting over and blending until you like what you see.
TIP: Do not wait for the paint to dry. Keep layering while the paint is wet.
Paint over your sketch marks with black paint. Don’t worry about the bold look as you’ll be layering paint over most if it.
I mixed the black and grey together to get a dark grey shade for shading the ears. Remember, there are no “mistakes,” just keep mixing and painting until you like what you see.
Paint the remaining pink areas – nose, mouth, and feet.
Fill in the rest of the bunny body with a base coat of grey paint.
Mix grey and white paints to make a lighter shade of grey and highlight areas over the base grey color.
Use some of this grey color to paint slightly over the bold black areas you had painted.
Paint white highlights over the light grey areas.
Mix black and white to make a dark grey and use it to shade in areas like you see below.
Continue mixing and blending all areas until you get your desired look.
Add black whiskers and eyelashes. Then add white to the eyes. Below is a closeup of the finished bunny.
ATTACHING THE BUNNY AND ADDING A BOW:
I used E-6000 glue to attach the bunny to the oval shape. Hot glue may work just as well.
Use glue to attach a gingham ribbon to the back for a hanger.
Tie 2 additional pieces of ribbon to the top of the ribbon hanger as seen below.
TIP: Move the end of each ribbon end over a lighter to seal the ends and prevent the ribbon from fraying.
I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration for creating your own Easter decor and learning how to paint a wooden bunny!
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