Some of you have mentioned that you have a looong DIY craft list, and as your enabler, I warn you that your list will be even longer after today. If you fell in love with the Flower Pot Chick earlier this week, then you will adore today’s paper clay, Flower Pot Bunny. Just look at these two springtime cuties with their crepe paper ruffles, ric rac and polka dot pots. You can’t make just one, can you? Here’s how to make this Flower Pot Bunny.
To make a Flower Pot Bunny, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg
- Paper clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
- Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Baby Pink, Tapioca, Sky Blue, Black
- Gel stain in maple
- Staining & antiquing medium
- Acrylic varnish in satin finish
- Ric rac in pink
- Crepe paper streamers in pink
- Button thread in pink
- Glitter glue
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; acrylic clay roller; clay knife; bamboo skewer or round toothpicks; fine sanding block or fine sandpaper; powder; paintbrushes: 1/4”, 1/2” flat, and liner; needle; paper towels or soft rag
To make a Flower Pot Bunny:
1. Position the 2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on the narrow end of the foam egg. Rub the two shapes together so they fit snugly, then attach the head to the body using glue and toothpicks.
2. Glue the wide end of the egg into the peat pot.
3. Cut off a 3” piece of clay. Sprinkle your work surface with powder, and roll the clay to 1/8” thick. Completely cover the bunny’s body with the clay, but do not cover the peat pot. Blend the seams and smooth the clay with wet fingertips. Roll a pin size piece into a ball, flatten slightly, and attach to the face for the bunny’s nose. Let dry completely.
4. Ears: Shape ears from two, nickel-size clay logs. Insert a toothpick into each ear, and then insert the pick into the bunny’s head. Smooth with wet fingers, blending ears to head. Let dry.
5. Arms: Roll two, nickel-size logs to shape arms. Attach the arms to the bunny’s body with wet fingers, and blend in at the neck. Let dry.
6. When dry, sand the bunny’s body with fine sandpaper till the clay is completely smooth. Wipe away the excess dust with a paper towel or soft cloth. If there are any cracks, fill the cracks with more clay, let dry, and sand again.
7. Flower: Roll six tiny, pin size balls. Place five of the balls around a center ball, forming a flower. Don’t attach to the bunny yet.
8. Buttons: Roll two, pin size balls of clay, and press onto the front of the bunny.
9. Nose: Roll a tiny ball and press to face for nose.
10. Paint the bunny:
- Head & body: Tapioca
- Eyes: Black with Tapioca fleck
- Cheeks: Baby Pink (dry brush)
- Nose: Baby Pink
- Mouth: Black, drawn on with a liner brush
- Inside ears: Baby Pink
- Buttons: Moon Yellow
- Flower: Moon Yellow petals and Sky Blue center
11. Antique the bunny: Mix equal parts of the gel stain with the staining & antiquing medium. Brush the mixture onto the bunny, and then immediately wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let dry.
12. Brush on a coat of varnish and let dry.
13. Peat pot:
- Paint the pot Sky Blue.
- Apply Moon Yellow dots with a pin head or pencil tip. Let dry.
- Glue ric rac around the top of the peat pot.
14. Neck ruffle:
- Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half.
- With edges together, gather the open edge with button thread
- Place the gathered crepe paper around the bunny’s neck
- Gently pull the thread to fit around the bunny’s neck.
- Knot off thread.
15. Glue the flower to one ear.
16. Apply glitter glue to the collar, flower and buttons.
Rebekah has shared other Easter duos with us in the past, including the Bunny & Chick Candy Jars.
And this Paper Clay Bunny and Chick with folk art flair.
I could link up more of Rebekah’s springtime critters, but I think I’ve enabled enough today! How long is your craft list, and what are the top three projects on your list?