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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-16-2013 11:26 AM 2303 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished designing these fun and pretty little bunny ornaments to welcome in the spring and summer! I decided to make two versions of the bunnies – one to show off the beautiful richness of the maple, and the other set stained in soft pastel colors.

For the natural version, after cutting I applied a nice coat of mineral oil and let it absorb into the wood. I then sprayed them with several light coats of spray shellac to seal them. I found that after using the oil, the spray shellac worked the best as a sealer. When they were dry, I applied some beautiful crystal hot fix colored rhinestones to accent the neck design and added a pretty organza ribbon. They really look quite elegant.

For the stained version, I used DecoArt Antiquing and Staining Medium and acrylic paints in soft, pastel colors. The gel medium turns the paint into a transparent stain that allows the wood grain to show through and extends drying time so that you can blend the stain and not experience streaks, yet it doesn’t raise the grain of the wood. I used two sheer coats to achieve these soft colors.

When the stain was dry, I sprayed a couple of light coats of polyester sealer on them to set the finish. I then applied hot fix rhinestone accents to their collars and again added some organza ribbon – this time in coordinating colors. I can’t decide which version I like better!

These cool ornaments can be used as magnets for your refrigerator, in a wreath, tied on an Easter basket, or even hung in a window as a sun catcher. The little crystals will just sparkle in the sunlight and they can be left out all summer. I am going to use mine to decorate my little “all season tree” that I keep up all year long. It is about time to take off the penguins and polar bears and add something nice to welcome in the spring!

I had a great time designing these ornaments. The pattern and instructions are now available on my website. I hope you all enjoy them too! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"





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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 12:14 PM

These are a lot of fun, Sheila. The grain lends a sense of movement, particularly in the bunny in the bottom left. Very precise work (as usual).

You’ve probably blogged this but could you give us an idea of size (imperial of course, I can do the conversion to metric myself).

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 12:22 PM

Sorry I missed that – they are approximately 3.5 – 4” tall. Thanks Martyn.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 12:22 PM

Nice design Sheila…like ever you do.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 03-16-2013 12:23 PM

Sheila that is a great set of Bunnies
Glad to see their all dressed up.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Roger

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 12:25 PM

Easter is comin. Very nice 10 count o bunnies. Don’t turn around, there’ll be 20.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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oakwood

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#6 posted 03-16-2013 01:25 PM

Just in time for Easter. Very nice.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 03-16-2013 01:25 PM

Thank you everyone! I have actually cut 60 of these bunnies! These 20 and 40 additional to paint that don’t have inside cuts. The place is just “HOPPIN” with bunnies! :D

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Rick13403

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#8 posted 03-16-2013 02:08 PM

Another great pattern Sheila! You have to keep an eye on them or before you know it, you are swamped with bunnies.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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scrollingmom

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#9 posted 03-16-2013 03:03 PM

Very nice work. Your talents are always top notch. I enjoy looking at your projects.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#10 posted 03-16-2013 04:09 PM

I saw one on FB, and now they have reproduced ..:-)

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 03-16-2013 05:03 PM

Hmmm….. natural wood or stained? I can’t make up my mind – they are both great sets! These will be decorations for my summer flower pots.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#12 posted 03-16-2013 06:14 PM

Another great pattern

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 03-16-2013 07:57 PM

Very cute, looks like a lot of fun.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 03-16-2013 08:25 PM

Thank you again everyone! I really appreciate the encouragement! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#15 posted 03-16-2013 09:39 PM

Shelia those are really cute. I always love the way your mind works when you start designing.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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