faux chocolate bunnies….

DSC08675have you ever had one of those crazy ideas that pop in your head while your browsing the aisles of the craft store and think – i should make something with that?  well today’s project is one of those crazy ideas, but i have to say – i love how they turned out.  you see, one of my favorite easter memories as a kid was opening up my easter basket to find the glorious foil wrapped chocolate bunny inside.  this shimmery delectable was the showpiece of the sweets, the epicenter of the edibles, the beacon of the basket (well you get where i’m going here) it was important to me…

supplies used:

  • surfaces: corked domes, resin bunnies, resin wood pieces, seasonal chitchat stickers
  • alcohol inks: mountain rose, pink sherbet, lettuce, pool
  • blending solution
  • distress ink: frayed burlap
  • adhesives: multi-medium, hot glue
  • tools: small paint brush, scissors
  • misc: kisses, moss, 2 1/2” straight pin

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comso the other day i came across some little bunnies in the miniature department (hobby lobby) and picked up a couple of packs to do “something with”.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comlater that day i found some little resin wood pieces in the spring section (joanns) and thought they might fit my idea-ology corked domes so i grabbed a couple of packs of those too.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comwhen i got home i started rummaging through all of the stuff i bought and discovered that not only did the little resin wood pieces work as the base for the large corked domes, but the bunnies fit inside perfectly and the wheels started turning.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comthe goal was to recreate little foil wrapped bunnies, but i have to say my initial ideas didn’t work too well.  i tried silver leafing (too smooth), metallic paint (too dull), kitchen foil (too thick), and then i thought what about just using those foil wrapped eggs?  problem was i wanted silver foil, so after a quick trip to the store i came home with the perfect solution – kisses.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comsimply unwrap the kiss (ok so i ate the chocolate, i couldn’t help it!) and begin wrapping it around the bunny.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comcontinue molding and shaping the foil around the bunny, since this is so pliable it’s easy to form around it.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comonce you’re done, trim off any excess foil if needed, but no adhesive is required – cool right?  you can pretty much wrap any little figurine in foil this way, even if you had to use several pieces for a larger one.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comnext i wanted to add that tint of color to the foil and alcohol inks are perfect for it.  i added a drop of ink to my craft sheet and grabbed a small paint brush.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comdip the dry paint brush into the alcohol ink and paint the areas of the foil to color.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comclean the brush using blending solution or rubbing alcohol.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comapply another color of alcohol ink to the craft sheet and continue coloring the rest of the bunny.  the alcohol inks dry in seconds so be sure to blot off any excess ink with a dry paper towel while you’re coloring to create a more worn look.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comi love the color possibilities here…so nostalgic!

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comnow it’s time to put it all together so adhere the bunny to the resin base using multi-medium.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comadhere a few tiny pieces of moss for the greenery to fill behind the bunny.  i used a hot glue gun for this step so i didn’t have to wait for any adhesive to dry.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comi decided i wanted to add a little flag so i created one using a seasonal chitchat sticker, cut the end in a flag point, inked the edges with a little distress ink, and adhered it to a 2 1/2” straight pin with a little multi-medium.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.comapply a drop of multi-medium to the end of the pin and adhere it into the moss behind the bunny.

Faux Chocolate Bunnies by Tim Holtz | www.timholtz.complace the glass dome over the top and adhere the edges of the dome with a small amount of multi-medium (it will dry clear no worries).

how cute is that?!! a small memento of a favorite childhood memory.  now i’m on a creative mission to make more of these for different seasons throughout the year – this is only the beginning…t!m

Corked Domes (IE|SSS)
Chit Chat Seasonal (IE|SSS)
Lettuce Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Pool Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Alcohol Blending Solution (SSS|IE)
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Multi Medium Matte (IE|SSS)
Ranger Artist Brushes (IE|SSS)
Tonic Scissors (IE|SSS)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)

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