Make a Folk Art Bunny with Air Dry Clay or Paper Mache

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This little bunny was a delight to make. It took almost no time and I got to play around with a new product (the DAS Modeling Clay).

You can use my pattern by clicking the button below, or make your own. With a project like this one, simple is best.

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I really like hand-made gifts, and this little bunny would be a great present for someone special. Each one will come out a little different (or a lot different, if you want), so you could give more than one.

I really hope you’ll come back to this page after you make your bunny, and post a photo in the comment area below. Assuming, of course, that you won’t be giving it to someone who might see it here. 🙂

15 thoughts on “Make a Folk Art Bunny with Air Dry Clay or Paper Mache”

  1. You are truly remarkable! So much talent & you’re willing to share your techniques & recipes! I learned a lot from this bunny video even though I’ve used your recipe before now. What am I doing wrong that I can’t seem to get the consistency right for detailed sculpting? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Again, you are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Priscilla. Are you using the air dry clay recipe, or the original paper mache clay? The air dry clay can be modified with more or less corn starch to get the consistency you want. Or use more or less flour – try both and see which one works best. With the original paper mache clay, the extra paper can be more difficult to break up, so it needs lots of time with the mixer. You can also change the amount of flour to make it thicker.
      I hope this helps.

      • And one other option – if you have a hobby store nearby and if you do need to start over, you could use three or four layers of plaster cloth to make your form. It will harden in an hour or so. Once it’s taken off the original and put back together you could put paper mache clay over it to make it smoother and harder. The clay would dry twice as fast because it would be open to the air on the inside as well as the outside.

  2. Well you continue to amaze me. I think you are one of the best artists EVER! I recently participated in a folk art class and attempted to share your armature method using cardboard with some folks and talked endlessly about your books! This class was given to us by a wonderful grant from the Aroha philanthropies through our public library for folks 55 years and older. It was an amazing experience because I was also in a sculpting class using oil based clay and casting methods. Anyway I made the kune kune pig and elephant and some other things. Thankyou sooooooo much for sharing your talents. These emails are like a gift every time I get one lol. Again thankyou

    • Hi Kathy. I’m so glad enjoying your experience with sculpting and that you’re sharing the ‘secret’ of using patterns inside sculptures. Do you have any photos of your pig or elephant that you could share? We’d love to see them.

  3. Hi Jonni, what a sweet little rabbit! Your sculptures always have such personality. I love your choice of base…that’s the way to think outside of the box! I finally found someone to make my bases. He is this expert wood worker that does wood turnings usually but is great for bases and has no issue in coming up with what I want. He also barely charges anything for his service! ( I usually will give him more than what he asks because I am so delighted!) I found him selling his stuff at local craft fairs.
    I do have a question about the DAS clay. Is it waterproof? I have never heard of it.

    • Hi Eileen. You’re so lucky to have found someone who could make your bases for you. I’m sure he’s proud of being asked to help you create your sculptures. 🙂

      The DAS modeling clay is water-based. I’m sure it will soften if it gets wet again. It isn’t “real” clay, of course, but anything that’s water-based and hardens when it dries (as opposed to a chemical reaction like plaster or epoxy) is bound to get soft again when it gets wet. But it’s still fun to play with. When wet it’s stiffer than I usually make my own air dry clay recipe, which would make it easy to get fine details. I could make my own recipe stiffer by adding more flour or corn starch, but then it doesn’t easily stick to itself. But DAS isn’t ‘perfect’ either – I do wish it wasn’t quite so soft after it dries, but it is easier to sand. As long as you’re really, really careful!

      • Hi Jonni, I was reading your post about your little rabbit and I thought “I can do that” so I am going to try one or maybe even two or three. I have lots of wooden pieces to use for bases. I even have candlesticks that I was going to use for doll bases, but now I could maybe perch a little bunny on them. I still haven’t accomplished much other than some digital art, but I keep hoping one of the days! As for Das clay I had some for years and by the time I went to use it, it was hard as a rock and I had to soak it for days before I could use any of it. My fault, of course but I don’t recall it ever being that great.
        I still visit your site every day and enjoy it so much. Today my favourite post was the big bottomed ladies .

        BTW, June 10 was my 90th birthday. I’m kind of proud of that. A beautiful

  4. I was not able to download my cat and wolf patterns at the library. We tried multiple times but did not work. Can you send them another way. Thank you

    • Hi Anne Marie. It sounds like you were using a computer with a security setting that won’t allow PDF downloads. Do you have access to a private computer? I can have the links sent to your email address again, but if you can’t access the email from a computer that allows PDFs, I’m afraid it won’t help. If you don’t have access to another computer, let me know and I’ll have your purchase price refunded.

    • Also, I just checked my sales records, and I don’t see your email listed. Did you use a different email address than the one you used to post a comment on the blog?

  5. Thanks Jonnie I’ve made almost all your animals,horse fish dachshund pig, etc.Your books are great and easy to follow. Do you ever make primitive animals?

    • Hi Pat. I haven’t done that, but I’d like to see some samples of what you had in mind. Do you have a favorite artist who’s website you’d like to share?

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