Hello friends! I’ve got a great spring decor project to share with you today. Topiaries are popular in the farmhouse style right now, and I’m a big fan of them. I wanted to put a spring spin on one, and I thought what’s more spring than bunnies? So, I combined the two and made a bunny topiary! Actually, I made three bunny topiaries!
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A few years ago I made a large bunny topiary with a bunny garden stake from Dollar Tree. If you come across one, snatch it up! I haven’t been able to find one in two years, so I baby that moss-covered bunny topiary!
Bunny Topiary Supplies:
- small terracotta pots: I used a 3 pack of 4″ pots.
- wood dowels
- twine, yarn, or fabric: I used twine.
- hot glue gun & glue
- chalk paint: I used white and moss Waverly chalk paint.
- wood stain (optional)
- paint brush
- my bunny templates
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Print my bunny templates.
When I first started thinking about making a bunny topiary, I thought that I would use a pack of wood bunnies from Dollar Tree, but they were much too small. What to do, what to do? I thought back to my Valentine’s Day heart centerpiece using cardboard hearts covered in fabric and twine and knew that would work perfectly.
Since I wanted to make several bunny topiaries I had to decide if I wanted them all to be the same or not. I decided to go with three different bunny shapes.
Download my free bunny template and print them out. I like to use cardstock when I’m going to be tracing the design because it’s so much easier to hold down and trace. Regular paper just slides everywhere and drives me nuts! If you don’t have any, no problem. Just use regular paper and go slow while tracing.
Remember that my logo will not appear on your printed design.
Trace & cut bunnies.
Once you print the template, cut all three of the bunnies out.
Place the bunny on a piece of cardstock and trace it. Any scrap cardboard will work. I used a corrugated shoe box that my son’s dress shoes came in. You can even use a food packaging box for the bunny topiaries.
You can use all three of the bunnies, or just one. It just depends on how many bunny topiaries that you want to make. For each one, you need two of the same bunnies.
Trace the bunny again and cut both of the shapes out.
Paint the terracotta pots.
This is optional as I know that some people like the original color of terracotta. I feel like that color is more appropriate for fall in my home, so I painted mine with chalk paint.
I wanted the set to match, but not be identical so I painted two with Waverly’s moss chalk paint and one with their white. You may be able to see the top of the inner pot when the topiary is put together, so paint the top section of it as well.
Stain & cut a wood dowel to fit the bunny topiary.
Next, prepare the wood dowels to hold the bunnies in the topiary pots by painting or staining them. I used weathered gray stain to match the furniture and other wood pieces in my living room.
The wood dowels are 12″ long which is much too long for small topiaries. You could make a larger bunny topiary with a bigger terracotta pot and enlarged bunnies. However, for these 4″ pots, the dowels will need to be cut down.
Since I made three topiaries with three different bunnies, I wanted them to be different heights. One of the bunnies is standing on his back feet, so he can have the same length dowel as the leaping bunny and still be a different height.
Measure and mark a dowel at 6″. If you’re making a third topiary, mark another dowel at 4″.
Cut the wood dowel(s) with a saw or a miter cutter.
Attach the bunny to the wood dowel.
Now it’s time to start assembling your bunny topiary.
Hot glue two of the same bunnies together, leaving a gap at the bottom for the wood dowel.
Add glue to the end of the wood dowel and place it between the two cardboard bunnies. Then glue the bottom of the bunnies together.
Wrap the bunny with twine.
There are several ways that you can cover the bunny for the topiary. Yarn, fabric, or twine. If you choose fabric, you can see how to do that in my Valentine’s heart centerpiece tutorial. I used twine for my bunny topiaries, and that process is the same for yarn so you can follow the rest of this tutorial.
Add a strip of hot glue on the cardboard bunny and place the end of the twine on it.
Begin wrapping the twine around the bunny. You may need to add hot glue to hold the twine for full coverage on the small places, like the ends of the feet and the tips of the ears. You can see how I did that in the video tutorial.
Continue wrapping until the bunny is completely covered. You can make it as thick or thin as you’d like your topiary to be. Once you’re happy with it, cut the twine and glue the end in place.
Assemble the bunny topiary.
Now that all of the pieces of the topiary are complete, it’s time to put it together. Add hot glue or Quick Grip (similar to E6000) to the end of the dowel and place it into the center of the terracotta pot. Hold it there for a minute while it dries.
Next, add something to fill the space around the dowel and stabilize it and so you don’t have to waste a lot of moss filling the pot. Anything will work. I used paper for two and a shipping bag from Amazon in one. Tear the paper or whatever you’re using to fit it on each side. Sorry that the camera focused on the bunny and not the pot!
Finally, add moss on top of the filler, around the dowel.
Bunny Topiary Video Tutorial
Here’s a very quick video tutorial if you have any questions about making your own bunny topiaries. If you need to, you can use the video controls to slow it down at any point if you need to see anything more closely.
Now display your adorable bunny topiaries with pride!
Aren’t these so cute? I love how they turned out!
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