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This paper mache Easter Bunny is a great first paper mache project, or one to make with your kids.
Just crumple paper into some easy shapes and hold them together with masking tape. Then cover him with paper strips and paste (or paper mache clay, if you’d prefer) and paint him.
I covered mine with one layer of brown paper strips, with cooked flour and water paste. You can use more layers if you want, and you can use newspaper instead of brown paper. I just used what I had on hand.
I helped him dry faster by sticking him the oven at 200° F for about an hour. I only did that because I wanted to get this post faster. You don’t have to bake your bunny. In fact, a fan will dry it out almost as fast.
I used some leftover latex house paint for my bunny. Dan Reeder, the Dragon Guy, uses latex paint all the time, but I’ve never really done it. Now that the price of everything, including art supplies, is going up, I’m starting to think it’s a good idea.
If you would like to know how to mix fur and feather colors using a limited number of latex paints instead of acrylics, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see if my daughter can show us how.
If you make an Easter Bunny and show it to us on the Daily Sculptors page, I’ll put a link to it down below so we can see all the bunnies together. 🙂
And for a more grown-up, yet slightly silly bunny, check out my pattern for a “faux trophy mount” jackrabbit.
Links to things mentioned in the video:
- The packaging tape I cover my table with
- How to make a sculpture stand with a turntable
- The Tartan tape at Home Depot: (They say it isn’t suitable for painting, and I believe them. But it’s great for paper mache – and cheap.)
- Recipe for cooked flour and water paste
Easter Bunnies by Our Readers:
For screenshots of the Easter Bunny project, scroll below.
1. Crumple paper into a pear shaped body and cover it with masking tape
2. Add legs and feet.
3. Add a ball for the head.
4. Add a smaller ball for the tail.
5. Make a flattened ball for the muzzle, and a triangular ball for the nose. (You might want to make your bunny’s nose a little smaller than mine is. I got a little carried away. 🙂 ) You don’t need to add the nose at all – he would look really nice with a nose painted on the muzzle.
6. Add ears of any length, and make them stand up straight or hang down – it’s up to you.
7. Add paper strips and paste.
8. Use any colors you like to paint your bunny. He’s based on stuffed toy bunnies, so any colors will work.
9. Add buttons for eyes, or paint them on. And he’s done! 🙂