March 19, 2011

Easter Decorating DIY -- Moss Bunny Topiaries

Moss Bunny Topiary Project Easter
I admired a trio of sweet little faux moss bunnies at my friend Geri's house a few weeks ago. Lo and behold, on St. Patrick's day, my dear friend left a bundle of the fuzzy bunnies on my doorstep along with a lovely card.

Moss Bunny Topiary Project Easter

To give the bounding bunnies a place of prominence on our table, my daughter and I antiqued a small crate and a three terra cotta pots to create a Moss Bunny Topiary Centerpiece.

Here's how you can create one of your own:

Moss Bunny Topiary Project Easter

MOSS BUNNY TOPIARIES

Materials
  • 3 Moss Bunnies from Pier One Imports ($2 each)
  • 3 Terra Cotta Pots ($1 each at the craft store)
  • 3 4" Faux Moss Pot Topper ($1.99 each at Michael's)
  • DecoArt Americana Paint, Snow White
  • A small sponge brush
  • A paper towel
  • Numeric stamps and black ink
  • Awl or bamboo skewer
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper

Step 1:  Dilute white paint by about 50% with water.  Using a foam brush, paint entire pot, inside and out.

Step 2:  To "antique" the painted pot, I ran it under the tap and gently rubbed away some of the paint with my hands.  Using a paper towel, I buffed and dried the painted pot, and used the foam brush and additional paint for touch-up.

How to antique a terra cotta pot with acrylic paint

Step 3:  Ink your numeric stamp and apply to pot.  Use a gentle dab of the foam brush to apply a light coat of the diluted white paint over the stamped number.


Step 4:  Coil newspaper or packing paper inside the pot.


Step 5:  Trim faux moss topper to fit inside the mouth of the pot (I trimmed about a 1/4" around).  


Step 6:  Use an awl or other pointed instrument to punch a hole in the center of the moss.  


Step 7:  "Dry Fit" the moss round, to make sure it will fit nicely inside the pot.  Allow about an hour for the pot to dry.  Working in 2" increments, apply glue to inside rim of pot and adhere moss.  Work your way around until the entire piece is attached.  You may use the awl, inserted into the center hold to help give the moss mound some shape, and help it adhere to the glue on the sides of the pot, as you get closer to finishing.


Step 8:  Put a small dab of hot glue on the bottom of the bunny stick, and insert through the hole in the moss.

FOR THE CRATE

Materials
  • 1 "Finish It" CD Crate (Michael's $4.99)
  • DecoArt Staining/Antiquing Medium
  • DecoArt Americana, Asphaltum
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Towel

Step 1:  Make a mixture of 50% Staining Medium and 50% Asphaltum paint.

Step 2:  Using foam brush, apply mixture to entire crate.

Step 3:  Using a soft cloth or paper towel, buff the crate to soften the finish.

how to antique a crate from the craft store


40 comments:

  1. I am not sure what I love more. Your and your daughter spending quality time or the project. Great job on both!

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  2. These are sooooo sweet Jenn!! I love the bunnies and I love the way you displayed them!! So cute. ;)

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  3. Oh Those are adorable! They would go great with my wreath I am posting on Monday!

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  4. love love love these little bunnies! i see a trip to pier one in my future. found your link from flamingo toes :o)

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  5. LOVE these!!! Those moss bunnies are perfect!!
    Nice job Jenn!!

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  6. I love this project so much! I'm a huge fan of topiaries to begin with, but this is so adorable!

    The technique you used for antiquing the pots gave me an idea for my kitchen, too. There is an area that needs a little "something" but I haven't been able to decide what that something should be. Now, I'm thinking a few antiqued terra cotta pots might be perfect!

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  7. Such a cute idea...your friend was so sweet to get you some bunnies of your own! I will be doing this for sure, thanks for sharing!
    SPRING HAS SPRUNG....enjoy!

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  8. jenn...these are so cute! i am totally copying you :)

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  9. I love the shabby numbered pots & the bunny topiary!! It was a great idea to use the little crate, too! I love this project!

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  10. Super cute, Jenn! I love them! I want them! Thanks so much for sharing your 'how to'! :)

    Roeshel

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  11. Jenn,
    Thanks for checking out my blog and becoming my newest follower!! The glass cutter DEFINITELY gets easier as you go...I'll be a pro in no time (because I am stubborn).
    Your blog is beautiful...hopefully mine will eventually grow up and come out of babyhood!
    Thanks again,
    Shannon @ cluttered closet

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  12. These are darling! I love how you have them all together in a row. Fabulous!

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  13. Those moss bunnies are only $2 at Pier 1? I know where I'm heading after work tomorrow! Thanks for the cute & easy project idea :)

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  14. These are so darling!!! I love those cute little bunnies and I love the numbered pots they are in!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a sweet compliment!! I really appreciate it!! :)

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  15. I love this Jenn! So super cute! I love the bunnies and the white pots. Adorable.

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  16. This is so cute! :) And how nice that you decorated the pots so nicely as well.

    Tnx so much for stopping by to link this up at my party this weekend! :)

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  17. Those are beyond adorable!!! Could you add flowers?

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  18. Oh my goodness! These are just too cute!

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  19. They are super cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial !

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  20. Such a cute project!! Love the way the 3 look together.

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  21. Those are ADORABLE! I wish the Pier One around here hadn't closed.

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  22. Just letting you know I featured these as part of my March Open House link party wrap up! Come get a featured button if you like and thanks again for sharing!

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  23. Ohhhh Thanks for the tutorial! I HAVE to make these sweet bunnies! You have a sweet gf too!

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  24. Cute bunnies...cute helper...love the number and you know I love the crate!

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  25. I love the moss on the bunnies, there is just something about that color of green that shouts SPRING! Love it!

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  26. Such a great classy easter/spring decoration. Love it, love it, love it. Thanks so much for linking up.

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  27. I love this! This is way too cute!!

    ~your newest follower!

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  28. I have been oggling over these as I have seen it featured like everywhere! I didn't realize one of my best bloggy buddies made it! I love it! So simple and sweet!

    Carlee
    ladybirdln.blogspot.com

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  29. Super cute & so sweet! Thank you for linking up to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. This weeks blog bash is in full swing again!! If you haven't already please be sure & link up more of your creativity, I look forward to seeing all your great ideas. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

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  30. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us. I usually put more about you/your blog but am having problems w/blogger. Have a WONDERFUL Week!!
    Barb

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  31. you did such a GREAT job on these! Please come on over and link up to MMM :)

    http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/2011/03/making-monday-marvelous-48.html

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  32. Thanks again for linking up. This project was picked as one of Anita's Faves for this week's party. Come by and check it out.

    Rhinestone Beagle

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  33. Jenn, I loved this so much, I had to create one for my bunch. I linked you and this post up. I hope you find time to HOP by and let me know what you think.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Amber @ barbwired

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  34. I recently hosted Craft Night and we made these! Everybody was so happy with their final product. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

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  35. I recently hosted craft night, we made these cute topiaries. Everybody was so happy with theirs. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

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