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DIY Modern Bunny Decor Made From Popsicle Sticks

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round!

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

I’m just “hopping” by to drop off a DIY bunny project that can be made entirely from popsicle sticks! This is one of those crafts that looks much harder than it actually is, so as long as you can stack sticks, you can make this DIY art.

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comDIY art? A little shelf? A modern sculpture? I’m actually not sure what to call this little bunny project. It looks charming as part of a Spring vignette, sitting on a table or mantle, but you can also hang it on the wall to create a little Easter-themed shelf in your entryway or kitchen.

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI suspect you might become fast friends with your little bunny like I have and want to keep it around all year. Personally, I think this little guy is a great DIY nursery decor idea that would so sweet in a gallery wall among other keepsakes and art. (If you love the idea of adding handmade touches to your baby’s room as much as I do, here are some other projects you might like.)

Really, our bunny might just hop from one room to the next around our house.

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comAs with all of my popsicle stick projects, having a template to build your project on makes getting the shape so much easier. This is the most intricate design I’ve created so far, so using the template will really help keep your craft sticks lined up as your bunny grows deeper.

To download the bunny template, enter your email address in the pink and green box at the bottom of this post to gain immediate access to our exclusive subscriber “Vault.”

(Plus, you’ll find a lot of other free patterns and templates for home decor projects including several other popsicle stick projects!)

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comThis bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comDIY BUNNY DECOR SUPPLIES

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bunny template (Enter your email address in the box below get the free download.)
full size 4.5″ popsicle sticks (I used about 120. I buy them in bulk on Amazon.)
mini 2.5″ popsicle sticks (I used about 310.)
glue (Wood glue is great, but you can use more basic school or tacky glue too.)
• acrylic paint
wood stain
• paintbrushes
yarn (If you prefer a pom pom tail to a popsicle stick tail.)

1. Print the template and tape it together. HINT: if you’re having trouble lining up the pieces, hold it up to a window to make the paper more transparent.

2. Arrange your first row of popsicle sticks as pictured, alternating every other stick. I find it efficient to add glue to several sticks before laying them down, but find a system that works for you.

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com3. Place a second layer of sticks in the gaps of the first layer.

4. Continue gluing and layering like this until your bunny is as deep as you’d like it to be. (Mine is about 16 sticks deep.)

5. Glue popsicle sticks together as pictured to create your bunny’s tail. Glue the non-tail half of the longer stick (the right side in the photo) to the back of your shelf. If you prefer, create a pop pom for a fluffier tail and glue it to your bunny. Here’s how to make a perfect pom pom.

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com6. When your glue is thoroughly dry, use a paintbrush to apply wood stain to the outside of the bunny. You want to be careful here to use enough stain that it can get between the sticks somewhat, but not so much that it seeps into the inner side of the bunny. I went slowly and needed to touch up a few areas when I was finished. (Alternatively, just stain the entire bunny, inside and out and skip the paint altogether!)

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com7. Allow the stain to dry thoroughly (overnight is ideal) and then carefully paint the inside surface of the bunny.

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com8. If your fresh new bunny is going to become wall decor, you can hang her up by simply putting a couple of nails in the wall for her ears and the top of her back to rest on.

And keep a good eye on her, you know how bunny crafts like to reproduce!

Check out my other DIY Easter craft ideas, like this easy decorative nest, if you’re in the mood for more making.

No one will ever guess your stylish, textured DIY Easter decorations were once cheap plastic eggs. These DIY Easter eggs are an inexpensive addition to your Spring decor! Click for this easy tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comAnd for more modern, unique home decor ideas made from popsicle sticks, check out these tutorials:
How To Make a Hexagon Shelf
How to Build Honeycomb Shelves
Geometric Heart DIY Wall Art
Mini Heart Art (Perfect for DIY Valentine’s or decor in a kids space!)


This post was written as part of a #DIYMySpring collection for Hometalk. (For those of you who don’t know, Hometalk is bursting at the seams with do-it-yourself inspiration. It’s a bit like Pinterest, but without all the posts about how to get skinny :))

An extremely creative group of bloggers have put together loads of Spring decorating ideas so be sure to check them out below! But consider this a warning: you might fall down a DIY decorating rabbit hole never to be seen again! (Actually sounds lovely, doesn’t it?) 

Hometalk Spring Blog Hop


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44 Comments

  • Cindy diy beautify
    March 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    This is so clever, and would be fun to do with older kids! Thanks for a great idea!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      I agree, Cindy! My kids are still too little to do anything but scribble and suck on the popsicle sticks, but I know they’ll be glueing them together in no time!

      I LOVE how your cabinet makeover turned out! It’s so fresh looking now. You’re inspiring me to try out chalk paint.

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl
    March 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Amazing project~! I was floored when I saw they were Popsicle sticks! Nice job! Love it!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 6, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Ha, thanks, Linsday! I tend to agree with you. It doesn’t really look anything like popsicle sticks until you get close up. Although the night I made it, I went to bed with visions of popsicle sticks that I couldn’t shake 🙂

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Valerie Ott
    March 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Talk about clever! This is absolutely awesome!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Valerie,

      THANK YOU! I love looking at our bunny up on the mantle 🙂

      The “branding” of your site is so nice and cohesive. I love the name, the logo and how you’ve threaded the idea of “home” and “modern” throughout. (I have a background in advertising and so I always when bloggers pull it together as well as you have.)

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna
    March 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Jess, how in the WORLD did you ever even dream up something so creative?! Mind blown! This is so adorable! Nothing spells Easter or spring like your sweet bunny!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH, Donna. I really had fun making it! This was my first Hometalk blog hop and I really enjoyed knowing I was working away “alongside” other creative women. Can’t wait to check out everyone else’s projects!

      Happy making!

      jess

      Reply
  • Claire
    March 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Wow I’ve never seen a Popsicle stick craft like this before. I think your bunny is gorgeous !

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Claire. I’ve kind of gotten on a popsicle stick craft kick. There are so many possibilities once you buy a box of 1,000 popsicle sticks 😉

      And speaking of unexpected supplies, I can’t believe your bird cage is made of coat hangers! So creative! I would have never guessed.

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Holly
    March 7, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Hi Jess – I saw the thumbnail picture and was like… how did she make that?!?!? Popsicle sticks? Wowza! Visiting as a fellow contributor to #DIYMySpring. Hope your week is full of sunshine! Hugs, Holly

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 8, 2016 at 12:07 am

      Ha–thanks, Holly! I did indeed eat a lot of popsicles to whip up this bunny 😉

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Denise on a whim
    March 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Adorable! What a creative idea. Sharing on my page tomorrow!

    Reply
  • Celeste
    March 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is just adorable and so creative! I love how you stained the outside and painted the inside a different color. It turned out so beautifully, and you could use this in so many different places!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks, Celeste! I really had fun dreaming her up. I think I WILL use her so many places. I can’t imagine tucking her away all the way until next Easter!

      Your beautiful tissue paper flowers tutorial makes me think she needs some of those sitting next to her!

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Lucy - Patina Paradise
    March 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    You are so clever to use the popsicle sticks. Your bunny is so sweet! I may attempt something like this with my munchkin. Thanks for the inspiration! ;o)

    Reply
  • Michele
    March 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I have GOT to make one of these with my children. What a great Easter art project!! Thank you for the tutorial! Pinning!!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Thank you so much, Michele! I think it would be so fun to make with kids. Mine are better helpers at chewing on the popsicle sticks than gluing them at this point, but my 3-year-old loves seeing the finished bunny up in our house.

      I hope you have a fun time crafting together! They are lucky to have a creative momma (who is also apparently really good at flipping furniture–I love your projects!)

      jess

      Reply
  • Emily
    March 8, 2016 at 10:24 am

    WOW!!! This is so adorable, and absolutely incredible that you made it from popsicle sticks!! Already pinned 🙂

    Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    March 9, 2016 at 3:05 am

    This is incredibly original and very, very pretty! How did you come up with it? The technique can be used for a variety of things but this is very special. Visiting from the blog hop, a fellow contributor.

    Reply
  • Kelly
    March 9, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This bunny is so adorable! Such a great idea!

    Reply
  • Alicia
    March 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    This is super cute!

    I am putting together a sort of Easter arts and crafts compilation blog post, with pictures of creative projects for spring. Would you mind if I shared one of your pictures? I will of course credit it with a link to this post. I did the same thing last year if you would like a reference on how it might look: http://aliciasivert.blogspot.se/2015/03/paskpeppen-2015.html

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Sincerely,
    Alicia

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Hey Alicia,

      I’d be honored! Thanks so much for including me. I can’t wait to see what else you find. The projects from last year are so adorable!

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    March 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I absolutely love this. So creative and original. It can stand as a modern sculpture all on its own.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 14, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Yes, Mary, I agree! And I think it might be a sculpture that stays out long past Easter in our house. I love that you made a DIY nest. Using a wreath was so smart! I actually made a nest too recently and it was so fun.

      Happy Spring crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Diana
    March 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Cutest bunny I’ve ever seen–who knew popsicle craft could be so hip and charming? Love it–

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks, Diana! I certainly underestimated the lowly popsicle stick for a long time, but no more! 🙂

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Nicole
    March 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

    What color of acrylic paint did you use to paint the inside?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Nicole,

      The color is basically peach. I mixed a nude color (the bottle is pictured in this post), but it was a little too “blah” for me so I added a couple drops of a bright pink. Sorry, that is not very specific at all, but I hope it helps you!

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 14, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Hey Nicole,

      I thought I responded to you, but the comment must have disappeared. So, I’m sorry if this is a duplicate! I essentially used a peachy color. I started with the nude bottle of paint in the photo above and then added a few drops of bright pink because the nude alone looked too much like the color of plain popsicle sticks. Hope that helps!

      Happy crafting!

      jess

      Reply
  • Carrie
    March 12, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I love this! Such a creative idea and I love how it adds some super cute spring style without being too cutesy! Pinning for sure!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Carrie. I’m a fan of the “not too cutesy” stuff too. Your blog is full of design ideas I want to try too! I love the bathroom hooks! I look forward to following along with Lovely, etc. 🙂

      jess

      Reply
  • Daisy
    March 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Hi- I am trying to down load the bunny popsicle templet, and I registered with my email address, but I find no way to set up a password, which is required to access the down load of the templet. Please help, thank you

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Hey Daisy!

      Thanks so much for reading Make and Do Crew! I’m sorry you’re having trouble! I don’t want anything to stand in the way of your crafting 🙂

      When you subscribed, you should have received an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Once you click that, you’ll receive another email that gives you the password to enter the Make & Do Crew Vault. (It’s the same password for everyone.) 

      Have you gotten that yet? If not, just check your spam folder for the confirmation email or do a search within your email for “Make and Do Crew.” 
      Let me know if this works for you. I’m here to help if not.

      jess

      Reply
      • Daisy
        March 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        I just checked and I got the password in the second email, I was able to print the templet. Thank you, looking forward to making this, looks like a fun project!

        Reply
  • Nicole
    June 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This is amazing! What kind of yarn did you use for the Pom Pom bunny tail? I make Pom poms for a lot of my projects and this one looks so cute! Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! Pom poms are the best, aren’t they!? I used Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Chunky. It makes great pom poms. I used it in this pom pom rug as well.

      Happy crafting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Jenny Stroberg
    November 3, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Just joined your page and loving all the fun ideas yo have.

    I’m trying to find the template for your popsicle bunny and cant seem to get it, please can you help.
    wanting to do this for the décor for my little girls 1st birthday on Sunday.

    Thanks so much 🙂

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      That will be such a cute decoration! The template is in the “Vault.” Scroll down until you see the bunny project. Let me know if you have any trouble finding it. (And the pw for the Vault should be in welcome email you received from me. Search your inbox for Make and Do Crew if you don’t see it.)

      Happy birthday to your little one!

      Reply
  • shiva
    April 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

    This is so clever Thanks for a great idea!

    Reply
  • Jenn
    June 10, 2018 at 9:19 am

    So I have received the email with the password and I copy and past the password and nothing happens.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 11, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Sometimes with copying and pasting an extra space gets included. You might want to try just typing it in, just know that it’s case and space sensitive. 🙂

      Reply

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