Use this tutorial to learn how to make your very own DIY Easter bunny sign. This Easter DIY is super easy and cheap! Perfect for the Spring!
This super cheap and easy DIY Easter bunny sign is the perfect addition to the rest of my Easter decor. I just think this little bunny is so cute and I get over it’s cute little tail. Not to mention, the fact that this sign looks great paired with my DIY decoupage Easter eggs I made last year. Coincidence? Neh..
Last year was the first year I have ever decorated for Easter and I am looking forward to adding a few spring touches to our everyday decor again this year. For me, a few Easter pieces is all you need to warm up your space for Easter. I don’t go all out with Easter decorations like I do for Fall and Christmas.. not yet at least. Ready to make something new for this upcoming spring season?! Let’s get started!
This post is all about how to make your own DIY Easter bunny sign!
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Materials for DIY Easter Sign
- Stretched Canvas (board canvas will not work for this DIY since we are using the frame)
- Brown and black paint (to stain frame)
- Popsicle Sticks – for shiplap background (Make sure they are long enough to stretch over the canvas)
- Cricut Machine or printer for bunny image – This is the Cricut I have
- Paint and a cotton ball (for the tail) to decorate your canvas
Instructions for DIY Easter Sign
Remove Canvas from Wooden Frame
There are several ways to remove a canvas from the wooden frame, so I usually go with whatever tool is closest😊. The canvas can be cut with an x-acto knife or scissors, by cutting along the outside of the staples like you see above. You can also remove the staples with a flathead screwdriver, staple puller, or another prying tool. Please be careful with this step, folks! Don’t stab yourself or your brand new kitchen table (I will never confess). If you need more help with this step, check out my Reversed Canvas post.
Frame for DIY Easter Bunny Sign
To mix the stain, use acrylic paint and water (#CraftingHack). I use this paint and water combo to “stain” pretty much anything that isn’t furniture. It’s cheap and easy! Actual stain can be used, but not necessary and will require a longer dry time.
To make the frame color similar to mine, use a 3:1 ratio (3 parts brown and 1 part black). Gradually mix in water to thin out your mixture. Test your color and consistency by painting the back of the frame and adjust accordingly. I like being able to see the grain of the wood so my mixture is pretty thin. This step requires some experimenting, but don’t stress. If it’s too light, add another layer of “stain” or darken your mixture with more black. If it’s too dark, try rubbing it off with a paper towel. Play around with it!
Using a paintbrush, paint the stain in the direction of the grain. Don’t forget your inner and outer edges and be sure to watch for drips. The back doesn’t need to be stained unless there is a clear view of it when displaying the finished sign. Move to the next step while your first coat is drying. If you are in a hurry, a blow dryer or sunlight speeds up the dry time. I usually do 1-2 coats on these frames, so it depends on the look you are going for.
Background for DIY Easter Sign
To create this shiplap look, lay enough popsicle sticks side by side to cover the opening of your frame. I used 7 popsicle sticks to cover my 8×8 canvas. Glue at least 3 popsicle sticks to the back, going the opposite direction, to connect the popsicle sticks and create your shiplap background. Then you can paint the front of the shiplap background like I did or leave it as is. Once the frame and background is dry, glue the popsicle sticks to the back of your frame.
If you do not have popsicle sticks, or want to use the canvas as your background, check out those steps here.
Decorating your DIY Easter Sign
Create Bunny Stencil (optional)
If you’re not comfortable with free-handing your bunny silhouette, I suggest creating a stencil. You can create your own stencil a few ways.
- Using a printer, print my exact bunny image by clicking on this link and cut it out. Be mindful of the size of your canvas.
- Using a Cricut, cut my exact bunny image by clicking on my Cricut design link here. Be mindful of the size of your canvas.
- Or draw your own bunny image and cut it out. Yes this is still free-handing, but it’s safer than drawing directly onto the sign. You get more chances with this route.
Add Bunny to your Shiplap Canvas
Once you are satisfied with your bunny stencil, lay onto your canvas and trace around it using a pencil. Then paint your bunny using gray like I did or maybe a pretty spring color like lavender. As soon as your bunny is dry, you are ready to add the cute little bunny tail by hot gluing a cotton ball onto your bunny’s bootie. If your sign is on the smaller side like mine, I recommend breaking your cotton ball in half (at least) to keep it’s tail proportionate to your bunny. This will also make your bunny’s tail fluffier too.
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