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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2x4 Bunnies

This tutorial for 2x4 Bunnies contains affiliate links. I make a small portion when these links are used, at no additional cost to you. Paint for the 2x4 Bunnies was provided by Plaid Crafts.

These 2x4 Bunnies are a fun little Easter craft to bring a little spring to your decor. You might even have everything you need on hand...we used a 2x4 from our scrap pile for this project. And these 2x4 bunnies seem to multiply like, well...you know.
Bunny Blocks
I love a good 2x4 project...mainly because I have loads of leftover 2x4s on hand from various projects. Usually, these projects don't cost a thing to put together...and are fairly uncomplicated, too. Check out my complete tutorial for these 2x4 Bunnies below.

Bunny Craft

2x4 Bunnies

It's definitely bunny season, y'all. Pretty sure this is like my fifth bunny project this month. But, I love the sweetness of a simple bunny silhouette...and they just scream spring. I made a floppity-jillion of these 2x4 bunnies last weekend and now have put them evvvvvvverywhere around the house. They're just so fun! And honestly, I like to leave these up until *almost* summertime. I think they're neutral enough to be spring decor...not just Easter-specific.

I also created this fun video below to show how these come together. If you prefer, you can check out the photo tutorial below the video.


2x4 blocks

Supplies for 2x4 Bunnies

  • scrap piece of 2x4 (I cut mine into several squares and sanded the edges, pictured above)
  • cream or white acrylic paint
  • various spring paint colors (I used acrylic paints, you can see the kind below)
  • paint brushes
  • vinyl bunny silhouettes 
    • I cut mine on my Silhouette, but you can actually purchase vinyl bunny silhouettes on Amazon here or here.
  • course sandpaper
  • antique or dark furniture wax


spring paint colors
I used some pretty spring-colored Waverly acrylic paints in Celery, Mineral, and Cream. Really, though, any light or pastel colored paints would be lovely for these 2x4 bunnies. I do recommend acrylic on these...it's simplest to work with on this type of wood. I wouldn't recommend chalk paint unless you want to wax the entire block (instead of just the edges for aging).


How to Make these 2x4 Bunnies

  • As I mentioned above, start with scrap pieces of 2x4s cut into squares. Be sure your 2x4 pieces are not treated for outdoor use. Sand your blocks well and wipe off any excess sawdust with a tack cloth (or honestly, a damp rag).

painted 2x4 blocks

  • Paint one of the larger sizes of each of your squares. Allow this to dry thoroughly (you'll be applying vinyl to this painted side). I honestly painted mine and let them dry overnight (it's a quick job to give these a quick coat of paint and set aside).

vinyl bunny

  • Add your vinyl bunny silhouette. As I mentioned above, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this bunny, but you can find these online or at a craft store (see a couple of options here and here on Amazon). The color of vinyl won't matter...it's just used as a stencil, in this case. 


painting bunnies

  • After applying the bunny, I seal my vinyl with the same color of paint that I used on the first coat. Set aside and allow to dry (it won't take too long...an hour or so).



Bunny Block Craft

  • Apply two coats of your cream-colored paint on top of the vinyl and over the entire block.



Easter Bunny Craft

  • Once the second coat of cream is dry, just peel the vinyl off of your 2x4 bunnies.



weathered bunnies

  • Sand the edges of your 2x4 bunnies for a weathered look with coarse sand paper. You want the bottom layer of paint to peek through. Try not to sand so much that it's all the way to the raw wood...a few spots here and there won't hurt, though.



dark wax on wood
  • I used dark furniture wax on the edges of the blocks to age them further. I used a little wax mixed with paint to lighten areas where the wax, alone, was too dark.


2x4 Easter Bunnies
You could do so many fun colors for this...I'm actually thinking of creating a bunch more in bright pinks and navy blues for a fun, preppy look. These 2x4 bunnies are the perfect little Easter decor touch all over the house.

More 2x4 Bunnies and Easter Crafts

Bunny Craft Ideas
Happy Bunny Season, friends! If you make these, be sure to let me know how it goes. And if you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments. 

Free 2x4 Project Plans for Bunnies







16 comments:

  1. These are so cute! What a lovely little spring motif - I would love if you'd come share this with Awesome Life Friday. Have a great weekend! http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/

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  2. Kristi,
    These are so adorable. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing step-by-step instructions. We would love for you to share this post at our Monday Social party that is live now at http://www.botanicbleu.com/2017/03/monday-social-25.html

    Judith

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  3. These are adorable! Such a quick and easy project.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tracy! I appreciate that. xoxo

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  4. Love these! Thanks for the easy tutorial and for sharing with us this week at Brag About IT! Pinned and Stumbled to share.

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  5. These are adorable.! Is the wax you used a liquid or solid??

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    1. Thank you, Susan! It was a solid wax (well, pliable, I suppose). But, really liquid would work well, too.

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  6. Did the vinyl need to have a sticky back so it will stick to the wood?

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    1. Yes...this is applicable vinyl that you would use in a vinyl cutter (like a Silhouette or Cricut). Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. where can I get the vinyl bunny for the craft? thanks

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    1. Hi Lisa-- You can look on Etsy for precut bunnies in vinyl. But, also Hobby Lobby and Michael's. THANKS!

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