Let’s make modern geometric bunnies. It’s a simple idea — wire formed to make the shape of a bunny — but it can be used in so many fun ways!
It was a little bit of a challenge to find the right wire but now that the leg work is done, it won’t be as tough for you. Plus, there’s a free downloadable template to help you out. There are two bunny versions in the photos. One is small and simple — you could make a dozen of these fairly quickly. The other version is oversize. As in 3 feet wide! It’s a little more challenging, but still totally doable.
The smaller one is pictured below as a napkin ring, but it would also be adorable as an accent on a gift. Or you could hang one sweetly from an Easter basket. Or you could attach a long ribbon and use it as a springtime bookmark!
The larger one is oversize and quite dramatic. Hang it on your door in place of a wreath. Or display it on the wall above the sofa. It looks good as both interior and exterior decoration — and you can customize the color with ribbons!
Directions for both sizes are below.
– 12 gauge galvanized utility wire for the large bunny, it’s strong and holds its shape well.
– 18 gauge aluminum wire for the small bunnies
– large pliers or small pliers
– crimping sleeve (for stiffer, lower gauge wire)
– nails & board for little bunny sculpture, optional
– downloadable pdf of the bunny pattern (with one ear, and two ears — free!)
First, the little bunnies. You can surely try to sculpt it with just pliers, shaping it to fit the bunny PDF, however, but there’s a simpler route: a nail form. At each ‘corner’ of the geometric bunny, hammer in a 1 inch nail. As seen above, the form uses 31 nails. At first, there was an attempt to keep the two-eared look for the little guys but it was too messy.
Start by wrapping the wire around a nail. The starting place is up to you but it’s best to start right under the face in hopes to hide the beginning-and-end connection with a ribbon. From there, pull the wire tight and taut around the form. NOTE: Whenever the wire needs to change directions, you must wrap the wire around the interior side of the nail.
For instance, see at the base of the ear how the wire is pulled around to the inside of the nail so the wire would stay in place when continuing around the ear. Again, at the base of the ear on the other side, the wire was looped on the inside of the nail before continuing around the body.
Continue around the bunny form, making sure to loop the wire around the nail when it needs to change directions. When complete, wrap the ends together. Gently pull to release from the nail form.
Make as many as you desire. Wrap with a length of ribbon and use as you wish!
For the big bunny, you are going to need some muscle and a friend. To make sure the bunny form stays a bunny, the wire gauge needs to be low. But, low gauge means more of a challenge sculpting. Maybe a little sweat. : )
First, enlarge the bunny pattern to just about 3 feet. Then, using a strong set of pliers, bend the wire around the image. A friend comes in handy to hold the already sculpted wire in place.
Bend the wire at each ‘corner’.
To complete it, again because the low gauge wire is so strong, it needs something called a crimping sleeve. Pinch the sleeve with pliers.
And that’s it! You can dress it with satin ribbon in two colors for a more festive feel — you could pick any colors you like.
P.S. — Looking for more Easter ideas?
Project by Amy Christie for Design Mom
5 thoughts on “Geometric Wire Bunny | Make It!”
Oh wow! These are so different from the traditional Easter decorations. And I love the idea of using it as a bookmark. I can also see it hanging in a kid’s room.
What a wonderful tutorial. These bunnies are adorable.
I Like IT! Thx for post.
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