Gold Leaf Bunny with DIY Cotton Tail

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in crafts, easter | 17 comments

 There are times that I know I’m working to create memories for my girls…

…like beach trips, summer camp, Disney vacations, family slumber parties.

But there are other times that I have no idea that my girls remember events with fondness.

Take this conversation last week…I had just finished cleaning out my garden shed…and was about to start hauling boxes to Goodwill…when this conversation started.

Daisy: Remember when we used to have yard sales? Those were some of my favorite childhood memories.

Anna Belle: Oh yeah, I remember walking outside and seeing everything set up. Those were always so much fun.

Lila Mae: I never remember us having a yard sale?

Me: That’s because I stopped having them. I decided they were too much work!

Daisy, Anna Belle and Lila Mae: Please, please please can we have a yard sale!?!?!?

Daisy: Mom, you are denying Lila Mae one of the greatest childhood memories.

Anna Belle: You should really do this for her.

Seriously?!

So the yard sale was Saturday…and it was a success…and more childhood memories were made. :)

And now it’s time to decorate for Easter!

I’ve started with this gold leaf bunny!

Gold Leaf Bunny with DIY Cotton Tail

I’ve been LOVING gold leaf so much that I decided that I had to give it a try on a bunny.

How to Decorate a Paper Mache Bunny

Supplies:

Paper Mache Bunny

Gold Leaf

Gilding Size

Paint Brush

White Yarn

Hot Glue

Scissors

How to Apply Gold Leaf

Paint the gilding size onto the bunny.

How to Apply Gold Leaf

Wait for the size to become tacky and apply the gold leaf in small sections.

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

How to Make the Cotton Tail:

Wrap yarn around all 4 fingers until you have a fluffy amount of yarn.

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

Cut a 12 inch piece of yarn and insert it between 2 of your fingers, wrap around to the same 2 fingers on the other side of the yarn and tie a knot.

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

Slip the yarn off of your fingers and tie the knot tighter and wrap the yarn around to the other side for one more knot.

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

Cut the loops of yarn.

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

Trim any uneven areas.

How to Make a Pom Pom out of yarn

Hot glue the cotton tail onto the bunny.

Gold Leaf Bunny with DIY Cotton Tail

Find the perfect perch for the gold bunny.

If you want to see more gold leaf projects…

…here is my gold leaf bed…

…and here is my gold leaf 5…

Now what else can I gold leaf?

Life to the full!

Melissa

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17 Comments

  1. Sweet bunny perched on the pedestal. I love you had a yard sale for the memory of it. It is always surprising what kids remember as being special.

  2. You are a good Mom!!! Yard sales ARE so much work and I, like you, have quit having them. I did it because I needed money! Being a single Mom I was ‘creative’ when needed. It’s a fun memory for your girls because they probably were too little to help. I love that it was a good memory for them.

  3. Adorable!

  4. You and your girls are so sweet! Yard sale memories — fun times! Goldleaf bunny & white dish are so cute together – you have a perfect talent for decorating/displaying treasures!

  5. Your bunny is too cute! And your girls crack me up! Who knew a yard sale would be a fav memory? Lol. Thanks for the smile today!

  6. Is the gold leafing supplies expensive? I’ve always wondered about that! :) Cute bunny! – Karen

    • That was the worst grammatical sentence ever! ha ha ha Is?? Are the gold leaf supplies expensive? That’s better. I ask because the latest issue of Martha Stewart Magazine show blown eggs with gold leafing. It looks really pretty!

  7. Your bunny is so sweet!

  8. Isn’t it funny what they remember. Not the things that we would think they would. I love that bunny.

  9. I can’t find any paper mache bunnies anywhere! Where did you find one or did you make it?

    • I found those at Joann Crafts. Good luck with finding one!

  10. I need to get me some gold leaf! What a cute a chic little centerpiece the bunny makes.

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