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How To Make A Fun Upcycled Spring Bunny

The other day when I was on one of my morning runs I spotted the cutest bunny rabbit. The rabbit did not seem to be bothered by presence. It let me get really close before it finally hopped away.

Spotting the cute bunny made me smile. It put a “spring” step into the rest of my run. When I got home I decided that I was going to craft a cute spring bunny.

I’ve made an Anthropologie inspired rabbits head for my wall in the past and an upcycled bunny pillow for the couch. This time it was going to be a bunny for the mantle.

If bunnies are your thing then there is also a collection of wonderful vintage Easter bunny illustrations here to print.

A Simple DIY Spring Bunny From Scraps For Your Mantle

As with most of the crafts I make, I wanted to make the spring bunny out of stuff I already had.

I spotted a lovely old rusty bed spring and thought that would make a great body. I went hunting for a wooden ball to use as a head.

Unfortunately, the bed spring was far too big for the wooden ball. That’s when I decided to make a spring to size. I just used some old wire I had lying around in the garden.

The recycled little spring bunny turned out great. He has a bit of a rustic farmhouse vibe about him, as he’s predominantly made from upcycled materials.

I’m still on the hunt for a bigger wooden ball to make another spring bunny. This time with the rusty bed spring. Sometimes you can get large wooden balls that have been used to top newel posts.

upcycled spring bunny

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What you need to make an upcycled spring bunny

  • Old spring or wire to make one. You could even use a wire coat hanger.
  • Large wooden ball – the one I used was about 6-7 cm in diameter
  • Wood slice – 10- 12 cm in diameter
  • Scrap pieces of felt in grey and cream. I used some sweater felt scraps that I had leftover from other upcycles.
  • Superglue gel
  • Black Sharpie pen fine tip
What you need to make an upcycled rabbit

How to make the upcycled bunny rabbit

  1. The first thing to do is to make a spring if you don’t have one the right size. I used the neck of a large beer bottle for this. As I wanted a tapered spring. Simply wrap the wire tightly around the neck of the bottle to make the spring.
Making a spring using the neck of a bottle
DIY spring from wire

2. The next thing to do is to cut out bunny ears from the grey felt and bunny feet from the cream felt.

Felt ears and feet for the upcycled rabbit.

3. Then, glue the feet to the wood slice for the base of the bunny spring. Like in the picture below.

Sticking bunny feet to the wood slice base.

4. Then draw the bunny face onto the wooden ball using a black sharpie. If you are not confident with your drawing ability, you can draw the face in pencil first.

Then when you are happy with the face to go over the pencil lines with the permanent marker. Finish, off the head by gluing on the bunny ears.

The rabbit head and face design

5. Finally, using the super glue gel, glue the wooden ball head to the spring. Then, glue the spring to the wood slice base.

Gluing on the  head to body

This spring bunny is a great addition to my mantle. I can’t resist giving him a little nudge every time I walk. His little head wobbles for a while at the end of the spring.

A bit like those nodding dogs people used to have in the back of their cars.

Upcycled spring bunny
Spring bunny farmhouse decor

I can’t wait to make another one of these spring bunnies with the large bedspring I have. I keep on checking skips/dumpsters for a round wooden topper from a newel post. Hopefully, I’ll find one soon.

Where I live the streets are full of old Victorian houses and there are always a few in each street being renovated. Which means lots of skips/dumpsters for rich pickings.

I have used old bits of wire with some of my other spring crafts, such as these gorgeous spring fabric birdcages and a decoupaged Easter egg wreath.

If you like this you may want to check out my other upcycled spring crafts.

Also, there are some fabulous vintage Easter postcards here that you might be interested in. For more bunny crafts visit allfreeholidays.com

Benita

Monday 1st of April 2019

I just love your upcycled spring bunny, he is just too cute! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! I will be featuring your post when we go live Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. CST. I do hope you will share with us again! Hugs!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 1st of April 2019

Thank you, that's great news I look forward to seeing it.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

Friday 29th of March 2019

Such a cute craft - and beyond adorable! You were one of my features at Best of the Weekend this week! Thanks for joining us! Shelley

Claire Armstrong

Friday 29th of March 2019

Aww, that's awesome thank you I look forward to seeing it.

Paula

Friday 29th of March 2019

What a great use for an old spring! Your bunny is adorable.

Claire Armstrong

Friday 29th of March 2019

Thank you so much. He does look very cute on the mantle.

Julie

Thursday 28th of March 2019

He's very sweet. I wonder if a ball from a kids garden game would work for your bed spring? Maybe a croquet ball or an old wooden boules set, something like that. Or even a cricket ball? Not sure you'd want a bunny with a red face though.....

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Thank you. You could always paint the ball.

Amy

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

This is so cute! My daughter would love it, and it would be a great craft for her to help with. She's always picking things up and talking about "upcycling" them. Ha! Wonder where she got that from... Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Thank you. My nephew loves to upcycle and collects junk.