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DIY Denim Bunny Decoration From Jeans Scraps

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
What you need to make denim bunny decoration

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.

DIY denim bunny templates

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.

Drawing around template
Two cut out jeans 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.

Pasting cardboard with glue

Step 4: Next, stick the cardboard to one of the denim bunny shapes. Make sure you match up the right sides.

Gluing cardboard to denim

Step 5: Then, using the hot glue gun, stick the wooden dowel to the cardboard.

gluing wooden dowel to 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.

Gluing the denim bunny together

Step 7: Use the yarn to make a pompom tail for the bunny. I made these mini pompom tails the same way I made them for my bunny treat bags. Trim the pom poms with scissors to make them even fluffier.

Or you can simply use a fork to make a quick small pompom.

A really easy way to make more than one pom pom at a time using a coat hanger.

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.

Gluing on the pompom tail
gluing denim bunny to wood slice base

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!

DIY denim bunny
Denim Easter bunny decoration

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.

Three Easter bunnies made from jeans scraps

If you like other spring animals on the mantle, check out these hen and duck embroidered figures for the mantle.

Don’t forget to check out my other fun denim decoration crafts, such as these fabric mushrooms and faux moths. I even have decorated eggs with denim for Easter before.

If it’s upcycled bunnies you are into, then check out this cute upcycled spring bunny.

Yield: A spring denim bunny decoration for the mantle

Denim Bunny Decoration

Denim bunnies decoration

Use scrap jeans fabric to make a fun Easter bunny denim decoration for your spring mantle.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • 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)

Tools

  • Hot glue gun / fabric glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. First, download the free bunny template from the site and cut it out.
  2. 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.
  3. Then, cut out a bunny shape in the thin cardboard. Trim this bunny so that it is slightly smaller than the denim bunnies.
  4. Paste the cardboard shape with fabric glue and glue it to one of the denim pieces.
  5. Next, glue the wooden dowel to the cardboard bunny using a hot glue gun.Gluing wooden dowel
  6. 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.
  7. Next, make a small pompom for the bunny's tail and then glue it onto the denim with hot glue.
  8. Finally, glue the end of the wooden dowel onto a wood slice, so that the bunny decoration stands up.

Joy

Monday 11th of April 2022

This is so cute, thanks for sharing the instructions. :)

Claire Armstrong

Monday 11th of April 2022

Thank you, have fun making them.

Donna via Funky Junk

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Oh my... the combo of classic denim, wood and a pom pom did it for me! My kinda spring bunnies!!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 10th of April 2022

Thank you, they do brighten up my mantle.

Niki - Life as a LEO Wife

Friday 8th of April 2022

These are adorable! I made Christmas trees like these at Christmas, but I never thought of doing it with bunnies. I love it! Thanks for sharing with us on Happiness is Homemade at LifeasaLEOWife.com. I'd love for you to come share on my second link party, Crafty Creators (Thurs-Mon) as well. I think our readers there would love these bunnies as much as I do! XOXO, Niki

Claire Armstrong

Friday 8th of April 2022

Thank you so much. I bet your Christmas trees looked great.

creativejewishmom/sara

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

So much fun, thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Thank you, it was fun to make too.

Grandma's House DIY

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Thanks for sharing with us, I'll be featuring you when the next To Grandma's house we go link party starts!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Thank you so much I look forward to seeing them.

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