Friday, March 21, 2014

Framed Moss Bunny

Hi Craft Warehouse fans, I'm Steph and I blog at Crafting in the Rain. I'm so excited to be here posting this tutorial and I hope you'll enjoy my Framed Moss Bunny.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we haven't had the crazy snow storms that much of the country has, but we've had some! And March is always the time we start itching for spring, even if we know we still have rain coming for 3 more months. It has to at least get warmer, right! Maybe we can force it a little with a bit of spring cuteness. To create this project I received a box with a cradled painting board and a Teresa Collins stencil in it. Then I headed to Craft Warehouse for the rest of my supplies:

Moss Fat quarter of floral fabric Blank wood tag White yarn Not pictured: acrylic paint (you could change up your own colors of course; I used white and yellow), chalkboard paint, brushes, glue gun These wood boards are really cool because you can use either the framed side or the completely flat side.  I chose the framed side. Start by painting the board.  White for the inside and yellow for the frame. You may need two coats to cover well.
When that's dry it's time to stencil. Tape down the stencil to the frame part and use a stiff stencil brush to apply small amounts of white paint. Dab a bit of paint on the brush, then tap onto a clean surface or paper towel to remove the excess. Apply paint with up and down motions, "pouncing" the paint onto the wood. These steps will make it seem like the stenciling will take forever, but it will keep paint from seeping under the edges, giving you a clean design.
When the first placement dries, match up the design, and finish stenciling the rest of the frame. Paint the wood tag with chalkboard paint. Use two coats, allowing dry time and changing the stroke direction on the second coat (ie, up and down first coat, then left to right second coat)
When that is completely dry, you must season the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface, then wipe clean. Now it's ready to use.
Cut two strips of fabric. One at 15 x 3 inches and one at 6 x 1 inch. Iron flat. Flip strips so the right side it down and fold the edges to meet in the middle, overlapping slightly even, and iron down. This gives a nice clean edge without having to do any sewing!
Print out the following bunny silhouette shape. 
Cut out the shape and trace onto the board, centered, but closer to the top than the bottom. Use scissors to cut out small shapes from the moss to fill in the design and attach with hot glue. Just be warned, the moss is messy! I recommend placing it on a cookie sheet for easy clean up.
With the moss bunny finished, it's time to add the tail. Wrap the white yarn around a fork about 12 times. Place a smaller piece of yarn through the center tines and tie around the wrapped yarn in a tight knot. Slide off the fork and cut the loops with sharp scissors. 
Fluff it out and you now have a little yarn pom-pom for you bunny tail! Attach with hot glue.
Wrap the larger fabric strip around the bottom part of the board and secure on the back with hot glue.
Tuck the smaller strip under the large one, then push the ends up through the hole in the wood tag. Tie in a knot. Glue tag to the frame so it stays put.
Add a word or message to the tag with chalk and you're all done!
Now you have the perfect addition to your Spring or Easter decor.
If you enjoyed this, I hope you'll come visit my blog at Crafting in the Rain. You can also find me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Thanks for reading!
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