“Ideas are like bunnies. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
– John Steinbeck
This quote describes exactly what happened when I created this easy Easter bunny DIY! The bunnies were supposed to be for one project, but as soon as I made them I had a dozen ideas of how to use them! Now that is an excellent return on investment isn’t it?
As for my project this is a two part project. You could just make the bunnies and place them around your house and yard or you can go on to Step 2 and make a garden for the bunnies to play in.
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Project #1 – Easy Easter bunny DIY
Just to let you know, this was my very first time working with concrete to make any decor. I have always admired it from afar but it seemed a little scary to me. I was worried it would be hard to get out of the forms and would just break.
I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG!!!
First, I picked up these cute silicone forms at Michaels. They were so easy to work with and they were inexpensive too! The bunny one was $5.99 and the carrot one was $2.99.
Prepare the concrete
Follow the instructions for your concrete by mixing the concrete powder with water. Stir until it is well mixed.
This photo shows the consistency and thickness that is required. Pour concrete into molds.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! REMEMBER TO TAP, SHAKE AND JIGGLE THE FORM TO MAKE SURE ALL THE AIR IS RELEASED.
I thoroughly shook and tapped but I still had a few bubbles in the end. Not a big deal but I cannot imagine what it would have looked like if I hadn’t done as much as I did.
Scrape off the excess concrete so that the form is flat.
Let dry 24 hours or as long as your concrete instructions advise.
This is what mine looked like and they easily popped out of the mold.
Watch this video to see how easily they popped out.
Look how cute they turned out!!! They are heavy too, so you could use them for paper weights but I think they would look great outside in the garden, in a planter or even in a bookcase. Even in this little vignette they look sweet settled in between a pink vase and faux pink tulips.
See I wasn’t lying when I said this was an easy Easter bunny DIY!!!
Project #2 – Bunny garden
If you want to take this a step further, then the next step is to create a garden for these little cuties!
The materials for this project are listed below.
- Wood tool box or container to hold the bunny garden
- Oasis or foam to fill the base of the tool box or container
- Dried grass
- 3 bouquets of tulips
- Ribbon in colors that coordinates with the flowers you have chosen
- 3 concrete bunnies and 4 carrots (that you made previously)
- 3 – 2″terracotta pots and one 4″ terracotta pot that the bunny will fit in
- FolkArt Matte 627 Tangarine acrylic paint
- DecoArt Americana Thicket acrylic paint
- Liquitex Basics white paint
This part is up to you – if you want to leave them bare concrete then leave them. If you want to try some paint on them, let your imagination go. I decided to dry brush them in white.
Dry brushing means to dab the brush in paint, then remove the excess by wiping on a paper towel so that the paint can go on in a finer manner.
Below are three levels of painting the bunnies. The first (far left) has the least amount and as you progress over them the one on the far right is mostly covered. It is up to you.
I left some as pure concrete with no paint, and I will be putting those out in my garden and think they will be absolutely adorable under flowers.
Paint the carrots
I chose a light orange (FolkArt Matte 627 Tangerine) as it matched the orange in the ribbon I was using.
As well, I chose a blue’ish green (DecoArt Americana Thicket) because it matched the color of the leaves in the ribbon. My suggestion is to pick your ribbon first and then pick paint colors out of the ribbon and this will help to bring your entire project together.
Paint the pots
You can leave the pots as it, but I wanted to make them look a little worn as they are in a bunny garden. I didn’t feel that they should be perfect. I followed the same dry brushing technique as I did with the bunnies. Once again, let your imagination go and see what would work in your home and surroundings.
This is how my finished pot turned out. It helped to make it stand out in the bunny garden.
Prepare the tool box or container
First, start by adding oasis to fill the base of the container. My tool box was pretty deep so I placed boxes at the bottom and then layered the oasis and foam on top. I didn’t have enough oasis so I ran around my house until I found foam that I could cut to size and fill the void.
Place a healthy layer of moss on top of the oasis/foam.
Prepare your flowers by cutting them off of the bouquets with wire cutters.
I ran out to my garden and found some of our ornamental grasses had survived the winter, trimmed a bunch of branches and voila they made the perfect back drop to the bunny garden. They also made it feel much more natural. With each step of the way, I try to think of nature and what the outdoors looks like. If you don’t have any grasses growing in your yard or garden, I have linked an alternative.
Grass doesn’t grow all at one height or in straight lines. It is of varying heights so I had higher pieces at the back as I imagined the bunnies running around all over the grass near their homes and felt that it would be shorter in those areas.
So as you insert the grass, keep taller ones to the back and gradually taper off to shorter ones in the front. I kept the grasses in three groups, one on the left, one on the right and one in the middle. I imagined that the bunnies had pathways through the grasses and flowers to reach other parts of their world.
Same went for the flowers. Taller at the back and then tried to find some curving ones so they would fall over the front of the container.
Then I inserted some shorter pieces of grass in front of the flowers and amongst them.
Prepare the carrot pots
You could either use soil or moss as I did and then placed the carrot in the middle.
The end result using moss was feeling a little wild and more like a natural garden where bunnies would like to live.
Here is the finished bunny garden with bunnies and the carrot pots spread throughout.
In the photo below, you will see unpainted concrete bunnies. I thought they looked pretty cute and are going to look amazing in my garden.
I placed the bunny garden on my dining room credenza on a rustic burlap runner and flanked it in candles, faux flowers and a carrot garland.
Below are links to products I used or similar products.
Last but very not least, if you like this project, you will really like my spring wreath alternative!
Or how about this lavender bookmark?
As always, thank you so much for sticking through to the end. Please leave a comment as I would love to hear what you thought of the project.