Not only do I wear denim jeans almost every day, but I also like to upcycle my old jeans to make decorations for my home. Like with this DIY denim bunny decoration.
I have different upcycled denim crafts for different seasons, from Christmas to Valentine’s to Spring and Summer. These denim bunnies are a fun spring decoration for the mantle. They look great next to my pompom jean flowers.
Typical of many of my denim crafts, this one is really easy and involves no sewing. Also, it just uses the smallest of jeans scraps. If you’re not into denim as much as I am, this craft can be easily made with other fabric scraps. I think the bunnies would look great in pretty Liberty flower prints.
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What You Need
- Small piece of denim from old jeans. Any part of the jeans would do, but I do like to use a bit of the jean with some seams, as I think it adds interest.
- Wooden dowel or a small twig, about 6cm in length.
- White/cream yarn
- Small wood slice
- Thin cardboard
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue gun
How To Make A Denim Bunny
Step 1: First, download and print out the bunny template (here). There are two different bunny designs, one with straight ears and the other with a bent ear.
Step 2: Next, cut out the bunny template. Mark one side the front and the other the back. Then, place the bunny on the jeans scrap fabric and draw around it. You will need 2 bunny shapes for each direction, one front and one back piece. Then, cut out the denim bunny shapes.
Step 3: Next, cut out a third bunny shape. But this time, use the cardboard. Trim the cardboard bunny about 5mm smaller all the way around. Then, paste this with fabric glue.
I had to use cardboard to stiffen my bunnies, as the denim I repurposed from my old jeans was too soft to stand up. If you have thick stiff denim, then you might be able to make the decorations without cardboard.
Step 4: Next, stick the cardboard to one of the denim bunny shapes. Make sure you match up the right sides.
Step 5: Then, using the hot glue gun, stick the wooden dowel to the cardboard.
Step 6: Next, paste the cardboard with fabric glue and stick the other denim piece to it. Use some bulldog clips, to hold it in place, as the glue dries.
Or you can simply use a fork to make a quick small pompom.
Step 8: Finish the DIY bunny decoration, by attaching the pompom tail with hot glue. And then use the hot glue to attach the base of the wooden dowel to the wood slice.
The Finished Jeans Bunnies
I like things in groups of three. Aesthetically, I just think they look better. So I made 3 of these DIY denim bunnies for my Easter mantle. It’s a well-known fact things are better when they come in threes!
If you make the denim bunnies with old jeans in different shades of indigo, this makes the decoration more appealing on the mantle.
I keep all my family’s old jeans for crafting, so I have a ready supply of denim scraps in different shades of indigo from light to dark.
If you like other spring animals on the mantle, check out these hen and duck embroidered figures for the mantle.
If it’s upcycled bunnies you are into, then check out this cute upcycled spring bunny.
- Denim scraps from old jeans. Any part of the jean will do, you only need a small amount.
- Wooden dowel or twig
- Small 5-6 cm wood slice
- Small amount of white or cream yarn
- Thin card board (about A4 in size)
- Hot glue gun / fabric glue
- First, download the free bunny template from the site and cut it out.
- Next, draw around the bunny template on some scrap denim fabric. Cut out 2 bunny shapes, one for the front and another for the back.
- Then, cut out a bunny shape in the thin cardboard. Trim this bunny so that it is slightly smaller than the denim bunnies.
- Paste the cardboard shape with fabric glue and glue it to one of the denim pieces.
- Next, glue the wooden dowel to the cardboard bunny using a hot glue gun.
- Then, paste more glue onto the cardboard and stick the other denim cutout on top. Use bulldog clips to hold it in place as the glue dries.
- Next, make a small pompom for the bunny's tail and then glue it onto the denim with hot glue.
- Finally, glue the end of the wooden dowel onto a wood slice, so that the bunny decoration stands up.