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How to Make Wood And Burlap Farmhouse-Style Bunny Decorations

Learn how to make farmhouse-style Easter decorations featuring chalk-painted wood bunnies on a burlap mat. The bunnies are cut with a scroll saw.

Series of four wood bunny silhouettes each on a burlap mat in a shadowbox frame arranged in a square. Bunnies are painted with chalk paint and have a ribbon around their necks and raised tails.

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DIY Bunny Project Overview

This series of four adorable wood bunnies in shadowboxes make perfect decorations for Easter. The texture from chalk paint and burlap enhance the simple design. The shadowboxes are reusable as well! After Easter, I easily can swap out the designs in each shadowbox to decorate for the next season or holiday. I’ve described the materials and steps in more detail below.

How to Make Wood And Burlap Bunny Decor

Here’s What I Used



Project Steps

1 – Find Bunny Shapes

You will first need to find the perfect bunny shapes for your series. By perfect, I mean bunny silhouettes that you like. Bunny shapes are everywhere. You could draw your own, trace bunnies from a coloring book, or find shapes online. These will be used as templates for cutting the bunnies on the scroll saw.

Since I wanted to create my templates using an electronic cutting machine, I needed the bunny images in a format I could use in Cricut Design Space. I found these adorable bunny shapes on LeapingFrogCreation’s Etsy shop.

Screen shot of the Easter SVG files from LeapingFrogCreations on Etsy. This was the cut file used to create the bunnies.

2 – Create Templates for Use on Scroll Saw

Cut templates out of cardstock. Make sure you size the templates so that the bunnies fit your shadowboxes.

9" x 9" Stdio Decor Shadowbox that was used to later frame the wood bunnies.

Since I was using 9″ X 9″ shadowboxes, my bunny templates were about 5″ wide and 8.5″ tall on average. However, the dimensions of each bunny were different because I lined up their feet and heads. As a result, the actual dimensions varied due to height and width of the ears.

Screen shot of the bunny shapes loaded into the Cricut Design Space software.

I sent these to my Maker and cut the cardstock using a standard green cutting mat and the fine-point blade. Don’t forget to cut the tails too.

Cricut maker cutting a shape out of grey cardstock. This template was used to later cut the wood on a scroll saw.

No Cricut? No problem! You don’t have to use a Cricut or other electronic cutting machine. You can easily cut the templates with scissors. I just like using my Cricut Maker.

3 – Affix Template to Wood Board

Apply masking tape the the face of the wood board. I used 1/2″ thick wood board. Affix your template to the making tape on the wood face using spray adhesive.

4 – Cut the Wood Using a Scroll Saw

Using a scroll saw, cut out the wood bunnies and tails. Wear a respirator mask and eye protection. Remove the cardstock and tape after cutting out the shapes.

5 – Sand the Wood Bunnies

Sand, smooth, and shape the wood cutouts by hand, with a sander, or both. Wear a respirator mask and eye protection. Round over sharp edges.

6 – Paint Bunnies with Calk Paint

Paint the bunnies using chalk paint. I put on 3 coats. Paint the tails white. Let the paint dry. You could distress the paint by lightly sanding select areas, but I chose not to do so.

7 – Add Ribbon to the Bunnies

Select ribbon and place it around the neck. Using hot glue gun (and finger protectors), glue the ribbon to the back of the wood only. Trim any excess ribbon.

8 – Cut Chipboard and Burlap

Cut out squares of chipboard and paper-backed burlap. The size of the square should match the shadowbox size. For example, my squares were 9″ x 9″. Use a paper-cutter or scissors to cut the squares.

9 – Glue Glue Glue

Protect your fingers from burns by wearing silicone finger protectors.

Hot glue the tail to the bunny.

Glued the white tail to the wood bunny cutout.

Glue the burlap square to the the chipboard

Hot glue on chipboard and a piece of paper-backed burlap. The burlap will be glued to the chipboard.

Glue the bunny to the burlap square.

10 – Assemble the Wood and Burlap Shadow Boxes

Add the bunny and burlap/chipboard backers to the shadowboxes. Hang on a wall or set on a shelf and enjoy your festive decor.

Project Video

DIY Farmhouse-Style Easter Decorations

Additional Easter Decor Ideas

Add pouring paint eggs to your Easter decoration. Check out my DIY post to learn how I made them.

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