Throughout the year, I’ve been picking up cute bunnies whenever I see them at the thrift store or garage sales. I’ve managed to accumulate a handful of them.
And now it’s time to pull them out and get them spruced up for the shop.
The galvanized bunny mold just needed a good cleaning, and some goof off to remove the residue left by the packing tape that was holding his two sides together.
Isn’t he sweet?
The copper mold bunnies also just needed a bit of cleaning.
Next up came the faux stone bunny.
I think he was supposed to look like he was carved out of granite, or something like that. I’m not sure. But in reality he is some sort of resin or other man made material.
I decided he could be improved with some of Dixie Belle’s Patina Paint. I debated going rusty at first, but ultimately decided to go with the bronze paint paired with the green spray (you can find all of the details on using this product in this post).
The patina paints lend a very authentic looking faux finish, in my opinion.
I went ahead and added a couple of quick coats of Rustoleum’s matte clear coat to protect him from any excess handling.
Next up is the cute bunny pull toy.
I really didn’t like the heavy grain of the wood, or that particular shade of brown, so I gave him a paint job using Dixie Belle’s French Linen. I followed that with a quick stencil job using a portion of one of JRV’s Crock Minis stencils and Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth paint.
I also painted the wooden dowel handle to the pull toy in Drop Cloth.
While working on the rest of the bunnies, I also remembered that I had a trio of ceramic bunnies that my friend Sue found for me.
Normally this sort of thing is not my style at all. But I’d seen a video … or maybe it was a blog post? I really don’t remember … but I’d seen someone, somewhere, spray paint these in a chocolate brown to make faux chocolate bunnies. So I thought I’d give it a shot.
Of course, when you live in Minnesota, it’s winter and you aren’t blessed with any sort of well-ventilated spray painting booth, you have to get creative. So here’s what I do …
I rest a big flat piece of cardboard on a snowbank, spray quick, and then haul everything back inside to dry. I had to do that about 4 times to get the bunnies fully coated on all sides. But I made it work on a slightly warmish afternoon last week. Well, OK, it was 37°, but hey, that’s above freezing.
My paint of choice for chocolate bunnies was this one …
It’s a paint and primer in one, and they say it will work on any surface. Since I was painting glossy ceramic bunnies, I wanted to be sure it would stick. It’s also has a satin finish rather than the matte finish that I usually prefer, and I think that makes these look more like glossy chocolate.
Yum! Doesn’t he look delicious?
These would be great to incorporate into a tablescape for Easter when you don’t want anyone to eat the decorations!
Or you could just pop them into an Easter basket.
I’ll be hoppin’ on into the shop with these on Wednesday, hopefully there’s enough time left between now and Easter for all of these bunnies to find a good home. And maybe I’ve inspired you to create some faux copper or chocolate bunnies of your own!
17 thoughts on “hoppin’ down the bunny trail.”
I so love all these bunnies. All are fabulous but I especially love the chocolate ones. Did this last year on the dining room table with some Easter grass and everyone loved it!
Painting those chocolate bunnies is a fun little craft project for this time of year!
Great items for Easter or spring decorating! The wood bunny is so cute after it’s make over. Have to admit that when I read that you were spraying the white ceramic bunnies brown, I cringed. But seeing the end result has won me over! The chocolate bunnies are so sweet!
I’m sure I never would have imagined that anything spray painted brown could possibly look good either, but they really do look like chocolate!
I love the faux chocolate bunnies!! What a great idea!
Well, I’m not taking credit in any way for the idea, but I agree, it is a good one!
The pull toy bunny is the best makeover. I love how it turned out. The chocolate bunnies look so authentic. The patina got a new lease on life 😉.
I always enjoy your makeovers!
I think the pull toy bunny is my favorite too!
All are so cute! Great looking chocolate bunnies!
You showcase the best ideas! Those chocolate bunnies are fabulous! They look so real…would be great on the dinner table gorgeous Easter dinner. Wish I could think outside the box like that. Until I figure that out, I’ll just let you do the thinking! Lol ❤️
LOL, sounds like a plan Terri 😉
Improvements all around! The change in the pull toy is amazing-makes me rethink the things I pass over.
I still sometimes pass things over and then later wish I’d grabbed them when I had a chance. Garage sale regret is real!
Very, very creative!