Today I have a fun tutorial on how to make a bunny topiary. Not all projects turn out as good as I envision, but every once in a while I have one that turns out better. That’s why I’m so excited about this moss covered bunny that is so cute, I just can’t stand it!
Keep reading for a short tutorial on how you can make one too. Then you’ll have a cute bunny topiary to add to your spring decor or vignette.
Are you making any fun plans for spring? Our spring season is very short, so we try to enjoy every spring day as much as possible before our temps soar into the 90s.
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How To Make A Bunny Topiary
Here’s a list of supplies and I’m guessing that you probably have most of what’s on the list.
- scrap cardboard
- pen or pencil
- utility knife
- glue gun and glue sticks
- preserved sheet moss
- terracotta pot or other container
- stick, dowel or screwers
- green spanish moss (optional)
- green thread (optional)
Step by Step Instructions
- On a piece of scrap cardboard, draw your leaping bunny shape with a pen or pencil. Then cut out the bunny using a utility knife or scissors. I started off using scissors, then switched to a utility knife with a snap off blade. For this project I’m using six card board bunny cut outs to achieve enough thickness.
- Glue carb board bunnies together using a glue gun stacking one on top of another.
- Now it’s time to start covering your cardboard bunny with preserved sheet moss, which I think is the best part of the project. Start by gluing your biggest pieces of sheet moss first, then go back and fill in where needed.
- Keep filling in with moss to cover all the surfaces. You can cut the moss or just pull it apart around the edges. I did a little of both, but I think it looks better to pull the moss apart.
- Once the bunny is covered with moss you may want to loosely wrap green thread around the bunny to insure the moss stays in place. The green thread I’m using doesn’t match very well, but because it is so thin it’s not that noticeable. If you use enough glue to secure the moss in place this step may be optional.
- For the topiary stem you can forage for a stick, use a dowel or get creative. I ended up tying three bamboo screwers together with raffia. You may need to make a hole with a pencil in the base of the cardboard bunny before inserting the stem. Be sure to secure stem with hot glue.
- I’m using a terracotta pot with a styrofoam insert to hold the topiary stem. You can cover the styrofoam with green spanish moss or sheet moss if you have enough left over.
Here are the dimensions of the moss covered bunny, so you can decide on what size to make yours. The moss bunny is 4-1/2″ tall, 10″ long, and about 1″ wide. The outside measurements of the terracotta pot are 5-3/4″ tall by 5-1/2″ wide.
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Displaying A Bunny Topiary
This little vignette is upstair in my studio. Well, it’s actually my long neglected studio, but hopefully that will change since I plan on being home more in the coming months.
The bunny topiary is sitting on an oval ironstone platter surrounded by plain wooden eggs. It’s a simple arrangement that takes up minimal space, but it won’t be here for long. I’ll be using it in another spring display very soon.
Not sure where to use a bunny topiary? Well here are some ideas for you to consider.
- open shelves
- coffee table tray
- entry table
- hutch with dishes
- kitchen island tray
- create a grouping with other topiaries
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I’m currently finishing up a watercolor project that I hope to share this week. Thank you for letting me share how to make a bunny topiary with you.
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