How to Make an Easy and Cute Easter Bunny Painting

I had an idea to paint a cute bunny for Easter, but I wanted to do something a little different. Looking around my house for inspiration, I found pink roses I had dried from my birthday and knew they had to be incorporated. I also had a lot of pressed sweet peas that needed a home along with some Easter eggs, so I thought it would be much fun to create a 3d scene. In the area of easy Easter bunny crafts, I felt this was a great idea!

So let’s get started!

MATERIALS:

Canvas, tubes of paint, Easter bunny template, dried flowers

Here is what you will need:

  • Canvas 20″ L x 16″ W
  • White paint
  • Pink paint
  • Yellow paint
  • Grey paint
  • Brown paint
  • Black paint
  • Paint brushes: flat brush, 0 size round brush, thin liner brush and sponge brush
  • Dried grasses and flowers
  • Glue gun and glue sticks (very small size)
  • Bunny template

PREP THE BACKGROUND

I used DecoArt Crafter’s acrylic paint in Tan for the ground and painted the bottom of the canvas, about 6 inches, brown. You can use cheaper craft paint, but I prefer at the least the level of DecoArt as the coverage is better.

To create the sky background, water down your yellow paint a bit and paint the midsection of the canvas in broad strokes of yellow. While the yellow paint is still wet, the next color to apply is a watered-down pink paint in broad horizontal strokes across the top of the canvas, about 1/3 of the way down the canvas. Take a sponge brush and blend them together so that the yellow fades into the pink.

Canvas with the bottom painted tan for the ground
Canvas with yellow and pink paint mixed together for sunset

If you want a different sky color you can use different colors such as blue, or you don’t have to water them down so much so that they are the bright colors of a sunset. It is up to you.

PREPARE THE CUTE EASTER BUNNY SHAPE

Online, search up simple bunny shapes, pick one you like and print it off so that it is approximately 9″ tall.

Place the bunny so that it is sitting in the dirt portion of your painting and trace around the bunny silhouette with a piece of chalk, or a light colored felt pen. Mine is about half in the dirt section and half above the horizon.

Tracing around a bunny on a canvas
Outline of Easter bunny on canvas

PAINT THE BUNNY

Basecoat the entire bunny in white paint.

With transfer paper, transfer the interior details such as the inside of the bunny ears, the eyes, the nose and mouth, in between each leg, etc.

Paint the inside the bunny years, the nose and the mouth with pink paint.

Outline of bunny in white
Adding pink inner ears and nose and mouth to bunny

Outline the inside of the ears and all details as shown below in grey paint. Basecoat the eyes in black.

Adding details to a painting of a white bunny

PAINT THE FUR

Using a paint round brush 0 size, paint in lines of grey fur. This is an easy and fun way to provide dimension to the fur so that the white stands out.

Adding grey paint strokes to create fur on the bunny

Using a very fine script liner, you will paint in the white fur with white paint. Lightly dip into the paint so that the strokes are fine. This will definitely work your fine motor skills. Start at the top of the head of the bunny and work down. If you are right-handed work from the left to the right and opposite if you are left-handed. This will keep you from dragging your hand through the paint.

Adding white fur to bunny's ears
Adding white fur to the bunny's head and body resulting in a cute Easter bunny

When doing the inside of the bunny ear, be sure to wipe most of the paint off of the paint brush so it is almost like dry brushing the fine hairs inside the ear.

While this may seem tedious to some, take your time because getting the individual strands of fur is key to making the bunny look more realistic and interesting. Put on some nice relaxing music and this can be fun activity to de-stress. Older children will be capable of this project and even young children can do it. It would be a great activity for a children’s Easter party.

PAINT EYES AND WHISKERS

Add eyelashes and then the whiskers in black. Make sure to dab off any excess paint when doing these fine lines so that they don’t become thick. Then do a little dab of white paint at the top right side of each eye to give the sense of light hitting the eye.

Painted bunny face

BUNNY TAIL

My template for the bunny did not have the bunny situated so you could see it’s tail. If yours does, you could get creative and use a cotton ball for the tail, or you could use a white pom pom for the tail. Or maybe you have some dried white strawflowers that would be a different way to represent the tail. Let your imagination run wild and make this a fun Easter art project!

ADD DRIED FLOWERS AND GRASSES

Now for the twist and time to give this Easter rabbit a pretty home. Start with the tallest dried flowers you have and place them at the back on either side of the bunny. I had dried grasses left over and they are the perfect way to frame in the bunny and draw attention to it.

Pieces of dried grass on canvas beside painting of a cute Easter bunny

One suggestion I would like to make, is I got a very small glue gun that uses a tiny Gorilla glue stick and this was a great way to lay down a thin line of glue without it being too big and globby.

Next I glued into place 5 large dried roses.

Five pink dried roses on a canvas with a painting of a cute Easter bunny

Then I layered on a number of pressed sweet peas. Lastly, I took some of the rose petals that had fallen off and glued them to the very bottom, to look like petals that had fallen off naturally.

Cute Easter bunny painting with real dried roses and pressed sweet peas

TIME TO STYLE

There are a number of ways to style this such as:

  • place it on a riser and drape an Easter style flower garland in front;
  • place a bouquet of dried roses in front to coordinate with the flowers on the canvas;
  • place an Easter basket with decorated eggs inside;
  • place some faux flowers in front and have an Easter chick hiding amongst them;
  • or place some moss and hide Easter eggs throughout it.
Cute Easter bunny painting with dried grasses and roses and sweet peas
Cute Easter bunny painting with dried roses and pressed sweet peas

Here it is style with a simple pink daisy and Easter eggs garland.

Easter bunny painting with pink daisy and Easter eggs garland

This project really is easy peasy and I actually had a great time creating it.

I hope you enjoyed this easy Easter craft and that your friends and family enjoy it too!

OTHER IDEAS

If you are looking for some more Easter ideas, the good news is I have them!

Check out this project where I made a cute Easter bunny out of concrete!

Concrete bunny with flowers and dried grasses

How about this beautiful wreath alternative for spring? It is sure to make a great addition to your front door!

Spring wreath alternative made from a purse, stuffed with faux roses hanging on French door with a sunset behind and lakeview

Or the best flowers to have in your garden? It is never too early to plan is it?

Flowers in front a barn with a sunset

XOXO
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14 Comments
  • Wendy McMonigle
    March 15, 2023

    This is so darn cute! I am quite impressed with your painting skills. And the idea to add the flowers was brilliant!

    • Crystal
      March 15, 2023

      Thanks Wendy – it is a form of very quick and easy painting that I thought most people and even older children could try. I really like the flowers too – they add a nice unexpected touch!

  • Brooke
    March 16, 2023

    This is such a cute painting, and I like how you used an online bunny image to trace on to the canvas. The cherry on top is using dried flowers and grasses. So gorgeous! I would keep this painting displayed all year long!

    • Crystal
      March 16, 2023

      Thanks so much Brooke! You are so kind. I appreciate you comment greatly!

  • Jenna
    March 16, 2023

    This is such a unique idea that I have never seen! Loved how it turned out! You are very talented!

    • Crystal
      March 16, 2023

      Thank you very much! Very kind of you to say this!

  • Missy
    March 16, 2023

    I am in awe of this! I can paint a wall pretty well but this is so beyond my skill set. Your bunny is beautiful and I love how you added the flowers!

    • Crystal
      March 16, 2023

      Thanks so much Missy! It really is an easy one, I think anyone could do it!

  • Kristy Mastrandonas
    March 17, 2023

    Oh my goodness, Crystal, your bunny painting is simply adoring! I love that you included your step-by-step instructions too. And your Easter vignette with your painting is so sweet!

    • Crystal
      March 17, 2023

      Thanks so much Kristy! It is such an easy project, I think anyone could do it!

  • Liz
    March 23, 2023

    Such a sweet bunny!!! I’ll be giving this a try this weekend!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    • Crystal
      March 23, 2023

      Thanks so much Liz! I am happy that you liked it!

  • This Easter bunny painting tutorial is absolutely adorable! I love how the artist incorporated dried flowers and grasses into the artwork, giving it a unique and natural touch. The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow, making it a perfect craft for both kids and adults. I can imagine the joy of creating this masterpiece while listening to some relaxing music, truly a delightful way to de-stress and get into the Easter spirit!

    • Crystal
      June 19, 2023

      Thank you so very much! I am the artist so I greatly appreciate your comment!