Ah, summer…oh wait, it’s spring! But here in Arizona, it is feeling like summer already. Back East is getting slammed with a big snow storm and here we are in the 90’s. So to bring spring back to my house, I made these cute Easter bunnies to hang on the wall.
My first thought was to make the buntings with the silhouette of a bunny on the flags but I’ve seen so many of those I wanted to put them in frames instead. So I first had to procure a couple of frames. Luckily I went to a couple of stores and found two 8×10 frames in the clearance aisles for next to nothing.
One of the frames wasn’t in very good shape so I went to work and fixed it up a bit. The other frame was nicely distressed when I found it.
I painted it with white with chalky finish paint by Americana Decor in their color Lace. I did two thin coats and sanded it a bit for distressing once it had dried.
A bit of the honey colored wood came through but the frame needed some glitz to it.
Usually, I use Rub n’ Buff to add some metallic accents but this time I pulled out gold leaf foil to add.
I applied the adhesive for the foil sporadically to give the effect of the foil peeling off the frame. I didn’t seal the frame since it would just be on the wall. Now my frames were ready.
Materials for the main project
1/4 yard of material for each frame. You could probably get away with less but I always like to have extra in case I mess up.
Heat & Bond- I used lightweight
1/4 yard of bleached muslin (or unbleached muslin if you don’t want a pure white rabbit). I bought extra because I use muslin a lot and needed extra in my stash of fabric.
The bunnies were real simple that I drew. They are a good size for pillows too. Here is a pdf of the bunnies I drew up.
First I decided which fabrics I wanted in the frames. Then I cut the muslin and heat & bond big enough that the bunnies would fit.
I did this for both bunnies. To make sure the patterned fabric didn’t show through I cut two pieces of muslin and bonded them together first. Then I added a second piece of heat & bond for attaching the bunny to the patterned fabric.
I cut out each bunny.
Using the back of the frame, I traced out a rectangle on a piece of cardboard.
I cut the patterned fabric about a 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard and glued it on lightly, making sure the plain side of the cardboard was against the fabric.
Folding back the fabric, I tacked it in place with glue. I used the frame to place the rabbits and then ironed them in place.
To make their tails, I cut a thin strip about a 1/2 inch wide of the muslin. I then used a running stitch to gather the fabric and sew it into a crude tail.
I gathered it until I thought I had a good size tail.
Then I attached the end together and glued it onto the bunny.
And on the wall they go!
When spring is over and we’re onto summer I will change my bunnies out and use the frames for another project. These frames are going to be very useful.
By the way, I was wondering what you all listen to for music while you create?
I thought I might start sharing what music inspires me as I am creating my projects. My list of music varies greatly. Today was a good day for The Smiths. 🙂
I will be linking up to these parties.
I am not affiliated with any of the products I used. I merely mention them so you can achieve the same results I did.