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!
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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.
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.
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 the inside of the ears and all details as shown below in grey paint. Basecoat the eyes in black.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here it is style with a simple 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!
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!
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Or the best flowers to have in your garden? It is never too early to plan is it?
Wendy McMonigleMarch 15, 2023
This is so darn cute! I am quite impressed with your painting skills. And the idea to add the flowers was brilliant!
CrystalMarch 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!
BrookeMarch 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!
CrystalMarch 16, 2023
Thanks so much Brooke! You are so kind. I appreciate you comment greatly!
JennaMarch 16, 2023
This is such a unique idea that I have never seen! Loved how it turned out! You are very talented!
CrystalMarch 16, 2023
Thank you very much! Very kind of you to say this!
MissyMarch 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!
CrystalMarch 16, 2023
Thanks so much Missy! It really is an easy one, I think anyone could do it!
Kristy MastrandonasMarch 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!
CrystalMarch 17, 2023
Thanks so much Kristy! It is such an easy project, I think anyone could do it!
LizMarch 23, 2023
Such a sweet bunny!!! I’ll be giving this a try this weekend!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
CrystalMarch 23, 2023
Thanks so much Liz! I am happy that you liked it!