From their ruffled collars to their polka dot hats, these folk-art style Easter jar toppers could not be sweeter. Wouldn’t you love to have them as part of your Easter decor? Rebekah Meier made this pair with paper clay, an air-dry clay that dries hard without baking. Rebekah walks you through each step, so please don’t be intimidated – this Easter duo is worth the time. Here’s how to make your own Bunny & Chick Candy Jars.
To make the Bunny & Chick Candy Jars, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: two, 2-1/2” balls
- Glass jars with separate, pointed lid (Rebekah purchased hers at Michaels; you could easily repurpose a jar from home)
- Paper clay, 1 package (Rebekah used Creative Paperclay®)
- Acrylic craft paint: soft yellow, pastel pink, raw umber, canyon orange, cream
- Gel stain in maple
- Staining & antiquing medium
- Cream blush
- Satin varnish
- Glitter glue, pink
- Ric rac, yellow and pink
- Button thread, cream
- Crepe paper streamers, pink
- Cardstock, polka dot pattern
- Watercolor paper
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Clay knife; clay roller; fine sandpaper; disposable water bowl; paper towels or soft cloth; scissors; needle; pearl head pin; bamboo skewers or toothpicks; paintbrushes: ¼”, ½” flat, and liner
To make the Bunny & Chick Candy Jars:
Cover the head with clay:
1. Press the foam ball onto the pointed top of the jar lid. Remove the ball. If using a repurposed jar with a flat lid, cut a small slice from the bottom of the ball so that it will sit flat on the lid.
2. Sprinkle powder on a hard surface, and roll out a 3″ piece of clay till it’s 1/8″ thick. Apply more powder as needed.
3. Wrap the clay around a foam ball, and smooth clay with wet fingertips until clay fits smoothly around the ball.
For the Bunny Candy Jar:
1. Referring to the photo, make the bunny’s face:
- Insert a bamboo skewer into the hole in the bottom of the ball and use the skewer as a handle.
- Roll three, pea size balls of clay.
- Arrange two balls side-by-side, 2/3 of the way down from the center front of the ball.
- Center the third ball directly beneath the two balls.
- Blend the balls together to create the bunny’s cheeks and mouth.
- Roll a ¾” x 1/8” log and position above the mouth for the nose.
- Smooth and blend the nose to the face.
- Let clay dry completely.
2. Sand clay with fine sandpaper until completely smooth. Remove excess dust with paper towel or soft cloth.
3. Paint bunny with cream paint and let dry.
4. Using the ball of a pearl head pin, add a dot of raw umber paint on either side of nose for bunny’s eyes. Highlight each eye with a fleck of cream.
5. Mix equal parts of gel stain with staining & antiquing medium. Apply stain mixture onto bunny with paper towel. Immediately wipe off excess stain. Let dry. Apply 1 coat of varnish to bunny and let dry.
6. Use liner brush to line the marks for the nose and eyebrows of rabbit. Apply cream blush onto each cheek. Apply one coat of varnish. Let dry.
7. Make the bunny’s hat and ears (Hat & Ear Pattern for Easter Jar Toppers ):
- Using pattern, cut hat from polka dot cardstock. Roll into a cone and secure with glue. Glue hat to bunny.
- Trace two ears onto watercolor paper and cut out. Paint ears cream and let dry.
- Lightly dry brush pastel pink paint onto centers of ears.
- Twist piece of pink crepe paper around the hat and glue in place.
- Pinch together the base of each ear and glue to hat.
- Twist a piece of crepe paper into a ball and glue to top of hat.
8. To create whiskers, knot together four strands of button thread. Trim ends and glue to one side of face. Repeat for other side.
9. To make a ruffled collar, fold in half lengthwise 1 yd. of crepe paper. With needle and thread, stitch a basting stitch along the unfolded edge. Pull thread, gathering to create a ruffle, and glue around the hole in the bottom of the bunny’s head.
10. Glue pink ric-rac around the mouth of the jar.
11. Apply glitter glue to the crepe paper around hat and collar.
12. Remove skewer and glue bunny to the jar lid.
For the Chick Candy Jar:
1. Following instructions above, cover the head with clay.
2. Referring to the photo, make the chick’s face:
- Cut a diamond shape from excess rolled clay for the beak. Fold in half, and press to the middle of the chick’s face. Smooth and blend beak to the face.
- Roll 2 small, pea size balls of clay. Press one clay ball on each side of beak for cheeks.
- Let clay dry.
- Sand clay with fine sandpaper until completely smooth. Remove excess dust with paper towel or soft cloth.
3. Paint head yellow, beak orange, and cheeks pastel pink.
4. Using the ball tip on a pearl head pin, add a dot of raw umber paint on either side of nose for chick’s eyes. Highlight each eye with a fleck of cream.
5. Following Step 5 above, antique the chick.
6. Following Step 7 above, make a hat for the chick.
7. Following Step 9 above, add a ruffled collar.
8. Glue yellow ric-rac around the mouth of the jar.
9. Remove skewer and glue chick head to the jar lid.
Some days, I share crafts like these candy jars that are a little more involved but definitely worth the time. Are you inspired to try some of the more challenging crafts? Or, would you prefer that I feature just the quick and easy projects? I’d love to hear your feedback.