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Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIY Moss Bunny and Roses Centerpiece

I tried very hard to get my moss bunny and roses arrangement posted before Easter, but my Spring Break did not go as planned!  The good thing about this centerpiece is that I plan to leave it out as part of my spring decor.  

I still have lots of flowers that I bought super cheap at an estate sale, and I wanted to use some more of  them for a spring centerpiece.   These are the same roses I used in my bird cage arrangement.   I also picked up this bunny at the same estate sale for fifty cents.

Moss Bunny and Roses in Urn Centerpiece, tutorial, diy, floral arrangement, Easter

My daughter was with me when I bought it,  and she has made fun of his red eyes since I put him in the car.  She actually moved him to the backseat.  Something about really old dolls and red glowing bunny eyes creep her out!  As a joke, she hid him from me in the house because she didn't like looking at evil bunny.  

how to add moss to a rabbit

When I saw the live ivy and moss covered bunny in the Pottery Barn catalog, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this little bunny. 

Spanish Moss
I looked everywhere in town for a roll of moss, but couldn't find any.  I decided to order some from Hobby Lobby, and they were out of stock.  Moss is definitely the hot item this spring!  

Since I couldn't find any of the rolls, I bought a bag of Spanish Moss.  I cut the moss with scissors, and then I cut some more.  That was the most tedious part of the whole project.  

Elmer's Spray Adhesive Glue

I decided to use Elmer's Spray Adhesive Glue for this project.  It worked pretty well.  Once I had all of the moss cut, I was ready to begin covering those glowing eyes.  I sprayed one small section at a time and added the moss.  

Once I had applied the moss, I gave it another light spray of glue and moved on to the next section.  I did this until the rabbit was covered.

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Here is Mr. Bunny after I had completely covered him and applied once last misting of glue all over the entire bunny.   He was looking a tad bit scraggly at this point!   Sorry I didn't take any photos during the process. 

 If you have ever worked with this spray adhesive you know why I didn't get near my camera with it.  It makes your fingers very sticky and is a pain to remove from your fingers.  Vegetable oil always seem to work the best for removing the glue from hands and fingers.  

Once the glue was almost dry, I was able to firmly pack the moss on it.  I even trimmed it with scissors in a few places.  

roses in urn tutorial

I got one of my favorite urns from my deck and filled it with potting soil.  I placed paper towels over the soil, and then added my roses that I had removed from the stems.  The wires on some of the roses were too short, so I wrapped some floral wire around them to hold in place.  

urn with roses

Here's a side view half filled with the roses.  

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I covered the top of the urn and the rose stems with moss.

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I did take a photo before I "mossed" the bunny to see if I wanted to use it this way.  Since I had my mind set on adding the moss, I decided to go for it.  
Moss Bunny and Roses in Urn Centerpiece, tutorial, diy, floral arrangement, Easter

I'm glad I added the moss.   I love the contrast between the moss and roses.  It was a super easy project to make, but I think a roll of moss would have been much easier.   He has found a new home in my in my entry way.  

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Angela Ryder said...

Very cute! I love the bunny!! Hope you had a blessed and Happy Easter!~~Angela

Cindy said...

Happy Easter! The bunny turned out great. It is amazing how the moss transformed it. I will have to try this.

Claire Justine said...

Happy Easter this is a beautiful and creative idea, thanks for joining Creative Mondays ...


amy mayen said...

Aww, I love him!!

~ Darlene said...

I have to agree with your daughter about the eyes...he was a little creepy! However, I love his new look, but did you remove the eyes first or are they lurking under that moss?

Nice looking centerpiece in the end!

Thanks for sharing!

Sara Harvey said...

Kathy, this is so cute! What a beautiful Easter Centerpiece...pinning this for next year!


Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Just Lovely Kathy!!
I think it will be perfect right up until fall. When aren't bunnies just perfect? Funny, he actually didn't look bad 'naked' :) Though I would have painted his eyes blue or something for sure. Or you could have distressed painted him to go with the pot. But...mossy is best!! Yup. Perfect!

Cynthia said...

This is beautiful I love the bunny and that urn they are in!! Hope you had a great Easter.


Tammy Henderson said...

The bunny really came out so cute...and the arrangement is beautiful! I was planning on doing this to two bunnies and never got around to it...nice to see how cute the can be...when I finally get around to it. Great idea to use for your spring decor...maybe I will do mine now instead of next Easter.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! I love the way it turned out :)

Have a great week.


Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

That is GENIUS! I love the look of moss-covered statues, but they're so expensive. I MUST try something like this! (New follower via Creative Mondays.) xoxo

Winnie said...

The bunny is sooooooooooooo cute!!
I want one for my appartment :)
I hope you had a lovely holiday :)

Ana Lopes said...

Super gorgeous Easter Centerpiece! Thanks Kathy for the great tutorial!
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft

Wanda Ann Olsen said...

What a cute idea. Pretty centerpiece, I love it.
Hope to see you tomorrow at Tuesday Trivia.
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

JP said...

Great thinking to turn him into a moss topiary...he did have creepy eyes! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

Debbie Borthwick said...

I love it! He is so cute with the moss! :)

Stacey said...

That turned out just beautiful! What a good idea you had. :)

anniebakes said...

what an absolutely clever idea!! stopping by on the blog hop, anne from anniebakes.net

Resa @ PitcherAndPlate.com said...

You are always so clever and creative. I love this classic look. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Resa ~ Pitcher and Plate

Holly Legare said...

I love this – What a great idea! I’ve pinned it to my Easter board. Hopefully I will have time to make one for myself next year. I’m now following. Thanks for Sharing at the Creative Corner Hop.
Holly's Stamping Addiction

Maria Elena said...

Love your bunny centerpiece! You are so creative! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

Cynthia Landrie said...

I just love this! I have to agree with your daughter - the red eyes are a bit creepy! Her hiding the bunny makes me think of something my daughter would do!

Thanks for linking this great craft to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. I can't wait to see what you bring next week!

Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

Kayla Janachovsky said...

That turned out so cute!! I’d love it if you’d link up to The DIY’ers link party. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-diyers.html

Frances Kendrick said...

I love it!! Such a creative idea!!

Alycia Nichols said...

I think EVERYONE is glad you mossed that bunny...especially your daughter!!! :-) Wow...that was one creepy stare that dude was giving up! Reminds me of the U.S. Postal Service commercial with the creepy clown doll! :-)

You did a MAGNIFICENT job on this! I'm sure it took a bit of patience and created a teensy bit of a mess, but the results are so worth it! It looks terrific! I'm glad you'll get continued use of it throughout the remainder of Spring!

Visiting from Jessica's New Creation blog party. Have a wonderful day!

Marlys Folly said...

I love your moss bunny and the whole centerpiece. Coming from In and out of the kitchen

Jenny Eanes said...

That is so stinkin' cute! I'm definitely going to remember that for next year! Pinning!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

That is so clever. I love your moss bunny, great idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Jessica @ A Humble Creation said...

Kathy, your bunny arrangement is adorable! I agree with your daughter about the red eyes and think the moss looks wonderful! Thanks for being a part of my A New Creation party!

creatingabeautifullife.net said...

I love your bunny! What a cute idea. (And I agree with your daughter about the red eyes - creepy!).

I'm visiting from Craft-O-Maniac.

Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

allisamazing said...

This is awesome! I love it :)

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...


I love your bunny display, it came out so nicely.


Katie @ Made to be a Momma. said...

This is soo fun! What a transformation that bunny went through! :) I would love to have you share at my party!


Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I love this so much! What a great little project and so pretty now. Next year I'm so doing some moss bunnies :)


Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I love how he turned out Kathy! The moss is perfect. Lucky you to find such beautiful flowers! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


Amber Koogler said...

I have to admit, the eyes were pretty creepy! I love the transformation, and I would have totally thought it was an expensive bunny from PB or somewhere! Great job! Thank you for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!

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Holly McDonald said...

Oh how perfect, I agree with your daughter the red eyes were not right! haha The moss was such a good idea.

Thank you so much for sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

Holly at Not Done Growing

Lauren said...

Adorable! That bunny definitely looks better covered in moss. :)

I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

Designs By Pinky said...

How cute!! I love it! XO, Pinky

Rachel O. said...

Oh it's so pretty!! And really old dolls with creepy eyes freak me out, too, haha.

KC Coake said...

What a gorgeous idea! I love how you transformed the bunny...glad to see the red eye go away!
Thanks so much for sharing at my Real Family Fun link party.
Hope to see you again next week.

Vanessa said...

What a great idea!

Ornate Splendor said...

Love your sweet bunny centerpiece! The moss is a great idea...a good source for sheet moss is saveoncrafts.com. They have tons of stuff and lots of moss choices. Catherine

The Tablescaper said...

Neat idea.

Great to have you be a part of SEASONAL SUNDAYS!

- The Tablescaper

Our Pinteresting Family said...

So beautiful!

Kathy Olson said...

So, so cute1

Kathy Olson said...

I meant so, so cute!!!

Liz Hockamier said...

Oh MY GOSH! I love that! I would love, Love LOVE it if you would join me for Fresh-Cut Friday! This would be the perfect addition.

Thank you for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Cassie Neumann said...

What a great project! Its so funny because my mom has that exact rabbit! She actually has a pair of them! I think its time to transform them and this is the perfect project for them! Thanks for sharing!

Snežana Maricic said...

This is very beautiful.

Cherished Handmade Treasures said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing with us on the Creative Corner Hop.

Cherished Handmade Treasures

Jann Olson said...

Glad you went for it. I love the moss! Evil bunny no more. lol! I would love to find a bunny and make one of my own. I use that spray often. Sticky fingers is right! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. Love the touch of roses too!

mail4rosey said...

Your bunny display turned out fab! It was a good idea (and unique too) to cover it that way.

Katherines Corner said...

Kathy I love this!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop, your participation makes the hop extra special.Big Hugs! P.S. my new giveaway posted yesterday come on over :-)

Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty said...

Pretty Easter decor! Great idea adding the moss to the bunny! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


Linda@With A Blast said...

This is lovely, Kathy! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

I LOVE the technique, Kathy! It's such a pretty centerpiece that can be changed up in countless ways depending on the occasion. I'll be featuring you on the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! Thank you for linking up with us an feel free to grab a Featured button!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Cathy Trochelman said...

Such a great centerpiece! I love this, Kathy....you had a beautiful vision!!

Tori Grant said...

Thank you for sharing @ Tell Me Tuesdays! I never would have guessed there was a glass bunny under there! I am featuring you this Tuesday:) Tori

D@TheShadyPorch said...

I love it! It's perfect for spring! Thanks for sharing it at the Shady Porch! Blessings, D

Melissa Whitcher said...

Good Morning Kathy,

Just stopping by to let you know that we featured and pinned your supper cute moss bunny today!! Thank you so much for linking up. We can't wait to see what you contribute this week!


Christine said...

Oh WOW Kathy! I LOVE IT!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up tomorrow evening!

Cynthia Landrie said...

Just wanted to let you know that your centerpiece will be featured at tonight's In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! I am so excited, I just love this bunny!

Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

So lovely & spring-filled! You've been featured at this week's Craftastic party - stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

Jennifer Hughes said...

Finally linking up with my Friday Flash Blog community. Thanks for linking up and sharing in the fun.

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Amanda said...

Congratulations! You've been featured on this week's Martha Mondays! :) Swing by to pick up a "Featured" button and do a little bragging! :)



Marie bloominghomestead said...

This turned out great. I love the look of moss, and it just screams spring! Thanks so much for linking up!

Betsy Pool said...

Wow - the moss bunny with the roses looks so good!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!! Pinning this.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, Love this! What an amazing transformation - that is a sweet bunny! It makes a marvelous topiary. I have one of those old ceramic animals with bright red eyes - my daughter doesn't like it either,
I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Tammy said...

Love that moss! great idea! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Kathy, featuring you at Share Your Cup Thursday.

Christie Daruwalla said...

This is a beautiful centerpiece. I was really surprised that you covered the bunny with moss. What an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Love this simple transformation. You're a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!


My name is Rita said...

This is so pretty! Thanks for linking up.

Stephanie said...

Thanks so much for linking up at my link party, this centerpiece is perfect for spring! I will be featuring you today at this week’s link party!

Ruthie Knudsen said...

Super cute and fun for spring... Thanks so much for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell… I’m SO glad you came to (link) party with me! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com Come back again tomorrow to share! xoxo~ Ruthie

Natasha In Oz said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at my say G'day Saturday party. I've just shared this on my Easter Pinterest board-I love this idea!

Hope you have had a great weekend.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

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