Hello again friends!
I am so excited today to be sharing my newest little creation for Easter…a moss covered bunny topiary! I made this little fella to go on my mantle but things changed and yadda, yadda, he’s now the centerpiece for the Dining Room table. He makes a big impact but is super simple to make. I do know he’s a “he” but I am not sure what to call him….
Here’s the supplies I used:
- Urn/Container–The urn was from an old floral arrangement that was hanging out in my basement.
- Moss Sheets–The moss sheets came from Dollar Tree. If you do not have moss sheets, you could use green craft paint or spray paint instead. The moss sheets are to cover the bunny before applying the loose moss.
- Wood Dowel Rods–These came prepackaged from Walmart in the craft section.
- Loose moss–I had a huge bag (not pictured) from the floral store but you can get green moss at any craft store and sometimes pick it up at Dollar Tree.
- Craft glue and/or Elmer’s glue
- E6000 Glue
- Spray adhesive
- Craft paint (optional)–to paint dowel rod to match your container.
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I had a pattern that I found online HERE. I traced the pattern onto a piece of white foam board from Dollar Tree.
I then used an exacto knife to cut out the bunny. Your lines do not have to be smooth or perfect (mine definitely was not) because you’ll be covering the entire silhouette with moss.
Once the bunny was cut out of the foam, I used the silhouette to trace the bunny’s image on the back side of the moss with chalk. I ended up with three different moss pieces to cover the entire bunny.
Using a spray adhesive, I sprayed the front of the entire foam bunny and then applied the moss pieces on top. Work quickly because the adhesive stays tacky for about a minute.
Now, this gets messy…pour a nice blob of glue all over the bunny and press the loose green moss on it. Once you’ve finished the front, gently shake the bunny to let the loose pieces to fall off and then fill in any spaces you see with more glue and moss. I actually set up a cardboard box on top of my wheelbarrow outside to keep from getting this moss everywhere. Funny story…I was working on these one afternoon and felt something funny hit my head. I didn’t think anything of it and went on working on the bunny. Later that evening, my DIL, Kaytlen, came over and noticed something in my hair. It was bird poop! Talk about getting close to nature! Well, now that I wrote it here, it’s not really that funny to me.
Before I covered the back with moss, I glued the wood dowel rod to the back. I chose to paint my dowel rod white with a little bit of grey craft paint just so it would have an aged look like the urn being used. You can leave it natural or paint it to match your container.
The glue I chose to use was E6000 clear glue. Make sure the glue is dry before covering the back with moss.
Once you’ve applied the moss to the back and the glue has dried, lightly spray the moss bunny with hairspray. Spraying the bunny with hairspray will help keep stray pieces of the moss from falling.
I put the dowel rod in the urn using both hot glue and styrofoam and then I topped it off with more green moss.
I put the finished topiary on a footed silver tray and then decorated it with painted terracotta pots and florals for the centerpiece of my Dining Room table.
What cha think? So simple and, honestly, so inexpensive. I think he’s super cute!
Since my little friend is green and a bunny, I think I’ll call him Hoppin’ Herb.
It is finally starting to look like Easter around my house! I hope to get all of my decorations up and photographed to share with you in a day or so. For now, this little guy is bringing Easter joy to my Dining Room! I love him!
I really appreciate you stopping by Mulch and Paint today! I hope that you will come by again!
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