Monday, March 26, 2012

Painted Spring Bunny Silhouette Sign (Easter Project)

Today's craft is a super easy Spring or Easter craft that can grace your front door, or even the wall of a porch area. I hope you like my Spring Bunny Silhouette Sign! (Please forgive the lighting on the photos...I actually made this craft last year for another site)

They say curb appeal is everything. I'm not particularly sure who "they" are, but they know what they're talking about!

When I took a closer look at the hanging decorative slate I had on the brick wall outside my front door, I was really embarrassed! I didn't want to greet my guests with something that not only has peeling paint, but is also just not really my style.

Today's project would be simple to recreate, even if you don't have a slate. A board, old plaque, or framed paper would work just as well. (But if you'd like a slate, I see them in thrift shops all the time)

After doing a bit of brainstorming, I rounded up my basic supplies to work on a transformation. The real star of the show was my Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint.

I sanded down the slate to get the icky peely stuff off, and took it to my high tech spray painting work station, otherwise known as the back yard.

A couple of coats later, and the slate was already looking better:

I wanted something to hang outside my door that will reflect our celebration of Easter, but also carry through the Spring season. I decided to do something with a bunny silhouette...using my Silhouette.

My original plan of creating a stencil and painting on the letters didn't work out so well (Craft Fail!), so I opted to use white vinyl letters for my phrase:

I also used some vinyl to make a rabbit stencil. It peeled some of the blue paint off, but I was thankfully able to touch that up with some paint sprayed on a paper plate and a Q-tip. Because I am resourceful like that. (And also too lazy to start over.)

I used some yellow (permanent!) Acrylic craft paint and a little foam brush to paint the bunny.

I wasn't lovin' it. It was just a bit too plain for my taste, so after some advice from a few crafty friends, I decide to give my bunny some burlap jewelry. Using some from my stash, I fashioned a tiny rosette and some "streamers," which I layered underneath and hot glued down.
I was definitely not digging the old leather cord that used to hold the slate up, so I cut another long strip of burlap and some white ribbon and forced them through the tiny holes to make a new hanger. No real technique here. Just some eye balling and maybe a few bad words whispered under my breath until I could get both ribbons through.

Final product?

Here's to better curb appeal this Spring!

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  1. How cute is this:) The Silhouette can be used for so many different things! I so need to buy myself one!!!

  2. The burlap decorations made it! It is such a cute and cheerful welcoming sign.

  3. It's adorable Amanda! I'm brainstorming how I can spruce this place up for spring as well!

  4. Very cute! Love the little dash of burlap, too!

    Take care,


  5. I remember this one from last year!!! Still so cute! ;)

  6. Too cute, lovin the burlap rosette!
    xo Jess

  7. How sweet! I love the color you painted the slate. I need to buy a can to freshen up some of my living room accessories. : )

    ~ Catie

  8. I remember this from last year! It's so adorable and I know that you've both enjoyed it and received many, many compliments on it.

  9. That's amazing, I love when a project literally looks opposite of what it was before & way to be resourceful too! I think I have an old slate like that in my mud room with some hideous flowers painted on it. I'd love to embellish it somehow & hang it in my office. :-)

  10. Those colors are perfect for spring! So cute!

  11. The bunny's adorable, and the burlap jewelry definitely makes the whole thing. :) If I keep seeing all these fantastic projects with a Silhouette, I might be tempted to get one of my own!

  12. That is adorable!!! I am loving the bunny silhouette!!! xoxo- Rachel

  13. so cute! i pinned it for the future-knew i'd never get to it this year-and it's gotten lots of repins :)

  14. Love it...especially the burlap accents. I definitely pinned this. Megan

  15. Such a cute welcome sign for spring. Really cute Amanda!

  16. The color couldn't be any more perfect!! So sweet Amanda!!

  17. This makes me happy. Love the colors and the cute play on words, too! :)

  18. Cute! Great pictures showing all the steps. Love the bunny tail!

  19. I've put together a round up of bunny silhouette tutorials on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here

    If you would like a Craft Gossip badge showing you've been featured, you can grab one here :)

    Thanks for sharing!


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