Spring is a time of new beginnings for this reason as soon as the temperatures start to warm up I start new projects such as DIY crafts, gardening, and cooking. I had a stack of pallets so I decided to make a pallet wood project, in addition, I wanted it to be an easy project too. I know how much fun my pallet bunny has brought my spring and Easter decor so I wanted to make some to share.
A DIY standing bunny from pallet wood would be a fun DIY Easter project. Therefore I made a pattern from the bunny I made last year. These standing bunnies are perfect to greet my family and guests, therefore, I know these will make someone else happy too.
This Easter bunny decoration project only takes a few minutes to build from the reclaimed pallet wood, however, taking apart the pallet does add another 10 minutes to the overall time.
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How to Build a DIY Standing Easter Bunny
Supplies and Tools:
- Reclaimed pallet
- Pattern (download here)
- Wood glue
- 1/2 staples
- Battens (cut from a scrap 2 x 4)
- 10″ base (cut from a scrap 2 x 4)
- Drill bit (countersink)
- Band saw
- Chalk paint
- Chalk paintbrush
- Wood pencil
- Measuring tape
After gathering your supplies and tools you can start building your Easter bunny decoration.
First, you have to deconstruct some pallets you can see how we did that here.
Assembling the bunny is especially easy if you set up a table since you need a flat surface to layout the pallet wood. I used boards placed over a sawhorse as my work surface. I made a video about how to make the easy pallet bunny you can see it here.
Using the bunny pattern/template to determine where to place the smaller and larger pieces with attention to the bunny pattern placement.
Once I traced the bunny pattern on the wrong side of the pallet wood I used applied wood glue between the boards.
Using a piece of scrap 2 x 4 I ripped them to make the support battens.
The batten placement is determined by placing them over the traced DIY pallet bunny (pieced of scrap wood) starting at the bottom of the bunny to above the tip of the ears.
The batten wood gives the bunny support so adding them is very important to allow the bunny to stand up straight. Using wood glue in the area where the battens will be attached coupled with stapling and adding two screws will keep your Easter bunny decoration in a straight standing position for years. Moreover, if you are placing your bunny outside be sure to use waterproof wood glue.
Staple the battens in place being particularly careful not to place any over the cut lines. I like to trace the ear cut lines over the battens before taking it to the saw.
For extra support, I add two wood screws on both battens into the bottom board coupled with the staples and wood glue this forms a stable wood bunny.
The next step is cutting it out with a band saw, as a rule, I wear eye protection when operating woodworking tools.
Note: I gathered up all the wood scraps, as a result, I have enough for another scrap wood project such as Easter eggs too.
For the bottom or base of the bunny, I used a scrap wood 2 x 4 cut to 10″ then I marked the screw placement, to begin with, I drilled countersink holes for the screws.
Note: It is easier to paint the bunny before adding the stand.
The next step is to add the two wood screws into the base.
Finishing the Pallet Bunnies with Chalk Paint
How you finish your bunnies depends on if you want to leave it rustic and unfinished or sanded a little and chalk painted. Another equally important question is will your bunny be outside and possibly get wet? If you like the look of unfinished wood and you are using the bunny inside you are finished, however, if you are using it outside you would need to use this type of water protective finish on it.
Easy pallet projects are fun to do together. Kids can join you for this scrap wood DIY craft by allowing them to trace the bunny pattern, paint, make the bow and decorate them. See how to make easy bows here.
These easy DIY home decor projects are inexpensive beginner woodworking projects anyone can build. The one-board-bench the bunny is standing on is another one of my woodworking easy projects for beginners.
More DIY Craft ideas for reclaimed wood:
This adorable scrap wood project was inspired by a farmhouse vintage toolbox. This wooden tote can be used all year for storage and home decor.
You might also like to build some Pallet Pumpkins together with the bunny project.
Chalk painted wood signs for both spring and Easter.
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