DIY Paper Mache Bunnies

I was always a little bit jealous of Easter as we don’t celebrate it here (we have Passover around the same time, but it’s very different). Easter always seemed like such a cute and fun holiday – with lots of bunnies and colorful eggs.

I really felt like making something cute and bunny-ish, so I decided to try make paper mache bunnies. I haven’t done paper mache since I was a child, but it was really fun getting back to :)

DIY paper mache Bunnies

Paper mache Easter Bunnies

Here’s a step-by-step of how I made these:

I used dry newspaper to make the body of the bunny from two crumpled up balls I attach together with masking tape. This was the first time I worked this way and I actually really liked this technique for making the basic shape. In the past I used to built a ‘twig-skeleton’, but sculpturing everything from newspaper enabled me to create the base any size and shape I wanted.

How to make a paper mache Bunny

Kinda looks like a masking-tape cocoon at first

Next I created the bunny ears. For this I went back to the twig-skeleton technique I mentioned, but instead of twigs I used a wooden skewer which I cut to the length of ears I wanted. An easy way to cut it is to make a slit around the skewer with a knife at the length you want and then break it.

How to make a paper mache Bunny

Skewer skeleton bunny ears

Again I used newspaper and masking tape to create the shape of the ears. For the floppy ear I first taped the two parts together.

How to make a paper mache Bunny

Create the shape with newspaper – I used the crosswords puzzles :)

After the ears where ready I cut two small holes at the bunnies head, placed the ears and secured with masking tape.

How to make a paper mache Bunny

Now you can start to paper mache

This is the part you actually start to paper mache.

I used to make paper mache paste out of water + white glue, but I run out of glue (!) so this time I made the paste out of 1 part water + 1 part flour. I didn’t like it too much though as the paste kept turning lumpy and I had too keep stirring it (any tips on how to avoid that anyone?). It came out a bit too sticky at first so I added more water.

You can do the paper mache part the traditional way – by adding newspaper layers, then a white paper layer and then color it when it dries.

I choose to do something a bit different this time and went with patterned paper for the layering. You can use scrapbook paper or print out digital paper (If you do make sure to use a laser printer, otherwise the print will most likely dissolve when you dip it in the paper mache paste). I used these digital papers.

Digital paper by Pixiebear

Try something new – paper mache with scrapbook paper

I started at the edges – bottom of body and tips of ears and moved towards the center. I made these bunnies pretty small so I used strips of paper about 5-7 mm wide. When you do this – make sure you layer the strips overlapping each other, and turn the bunny around to see you haven’t left any of the masking tape or newspaper showing.

How to make a paper mache Bunny

Start from the edges and work your way in

My favorite part of the paper mache process is the finishing.

I like to rub on a layer of white glue, to smooth everything out and make sure all the strips are in place. It also gives the sculpture a nice shine when it dries. This time I used varnish gloss (I really need to buy more white glue). Personally I like to rub it with my fingers (love getting my hands dirty!) but I guess you can use a brush.

DIY paper mache Bunny

Give it a glossy finish!

Now comes the hard part – let it dry!

And this is how my bunnies turned out:

DIY paper mache Bunnies

Paper mache Easter Bunnies

How to make paper mache Easter Bunnies

Paper mache Easter Bunnies

DIY paper mache Easter Bunnies

Paper mache Easter Bunnies

What do you think?

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Easter Gift Tags – Freebie!

For the past 9 months I’ve been working on a new project.
As I love color, cartoons and graphic design, I began building a new party printables brand. I named it Pixiebear as a combination of two things I loved as a child (and still do to this day) – fairy creatures and teddy bears!

I designed these Easter gift tags as part of this new project. These can be edited and personalized with your name and the recipient’s.

I am giving these fun tags as a FREE GIFT to my blog subscribers :)
(That gift was available until April 20th 2014)

You can subscribe & get them here.

You can see more of my party printables here.

*If you’re already subscribed you can download the tags directly from the email I sent you.

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Printed Leather Bags by Meckela

Printed Leather Clutch by Meckela
Printed Leather Clutch by Meckela
Hi Everyone,

Wow, I’ve been away from the blog for a while! A long while. I had a busy year, full of changes and new projects. My Husband and I had an amazing trip to Japan (more on that in posts to come) and I spent the year working with some very talented designers.

Two of them were the Meckela sisters: Ofir (Meck) & Ela who design a beautiful and classic line of leather bags, clutches and laptop cases.

Ofir and Ela  told me they like adding a little twist to their bags with illustrated patterns. So far they had done it only on the inside of the bags by printing on the fabric lining. They asked me if I could print their delicate sketches onto leather for their upcoming collection, and I happily took the challenge!

You can see more of Meckela‘s beautiful bags and accessories here and here.

Printed Leather Laptop Case by MeckelaPrinted Leather Laptop Case by Meckela

Printed Leather Clutch by Meckela

Printed Leather Clutch by Meckela

Leather Printing for Meckela by PINEAPPLE

Leather Printing for Meckela

Printed Leather Clutch by Meckela

Printed Leather Clutch by Meckela

 

Printed Leather Laptop Case by Meckela

Printed Leather Laptop Case by Meckela

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