Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.
I couldn't resist pulling out some simple materials and art supplies to make this cute Easter bunny figure. This is basic tutorial on how to make your own bunny. This craft can be simplified to do with children, or you can really add a lot of detail to dress up your bunny. What a great project to celebrate spring and the Easter holiday!
Basic Materials for Making a Paper Plate Easter Bunny
- Plain uncoated paper plate—these are the plain paper plates with an uncoated surface and no design. The uncoated paper surface will allow you to add paint and decoration to your bunny figure.
- Foam ball or wooden bead to use as a head
- A couple of cotton balls or small pom poms to use as hands
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers to decorate the body of your bunny
- White craft glue and glue stick—I used both, but you could probably use just white glue.
- A thin Sharpie
Optional Additional Supplies
Here is a list of optional materials to add more decoration and detail to your Easter bunny:
- Sequins, glitter glue, or doilies to dress up your bunny's body
- Tissue paper and glue to paper mache and shape your bunny's head
- Pipe cleaners to use as ears and googly eyes for the face
- Watercolor paint to add some paint techniques to your bunny's body
- Acrylic paint and Sharpies to add detail to the face
- A small basket, artificial flowers, or small eggs to accessorize your bunny
How to Make a Paper Plate Easter Bunny
1. The first step in making your bunny is to cut your paper plate in half. You do not have to measure this, and the two halves do not need to be exactly equal. Put one of the halves to the side—you will use this later. If one half is larger, use this to make the body of your bunny.
2. The next step is to decorate the body of your bunny. Use one half of your paper plate as the dress or lower body.
To decorate my body, I used crayons to draw some basic designs over the center of my plate. I then added some simple flowers around the edge of my plate. I painted over the entire plate piece with wet watercolor, letting the wax from the crayons act as a resist to the water in my paint. For more ideas and materials to decorate the body of your figure, visit my paper plate angel tutorial.
Then put your paper plate body to the side to dry and start working on your bunny head.
How to Make a Head for Your Easter Bunny Figure
3. I put a lot of detail in my bunny's head and face, but you can create a simple face with some basic materials. You can glue on googly eyes and draw on a basic triangle nose and some whiskers with a fine Sharpie. To add some extra cheer, you can add two rosy cheeks with paint if you want.
4. I used a wooden bead for my head since I didn't have the right size foam ball. I added a few layers of paper mache to add texture to my head. To do this, I tore small pieces of tissue paper and dipped them into a mixture of 50% white glue and 50% water. I covered the surface of my bead a couple of times with my wet tissue paper, being careful to smooth out any wrinkles in my paper. Then I let my head dry completely.
5. While your bunny's head dries, you can start to form and dress your bunny's body. Take your decorated paper plate and form it into a cone. You can overlap the corners to get a cone that will stand on its own. Use white glue or tape to keep your plate in shape.
6. Next, take the other unused half of your paper plate and cut it into three equal pieces. They do not need to be exactly the same size.
7. Use one small piece of your paper plate to cut out two bunny ears. I used the ruffled edge to make my ears, and the outer rim as a tab to attach them to my bunny's head. I cut out some pink centers from some scrapbook paper and glued them in place. You could also just use crayon or pencil to color in the middle of the ears. Then I added a dot of glue on the tab of my ears to attach them to the bunny's head. I covered the tabs with a few strips of paper mache to hold them in place.
If you prefer, you can form ears by looping some pipe cleaners and just stick them into your foam head.
8. Use another piece of your plate to cut two thin wedges for arms. Cut your wedges so that the ruffled edge of your plate pieces will be the cuff of your bunny's sleeves. Then decorate these sleeves as you choose. If doing this project with children, it may be easier to have them decorate the larger wedge before cutting the piece in to arms. Then put your arms to the side to dry.
I used the same crayon design and watercolor technique on my sleeves.
9. (Optional) You can use the last piece of paper plate to cut out an Easter egg shape for your bunny to hold, or a big carrot, and decorate this item as you choose. I cut out a basket, but you can also purchase small baskets or artificial flowers to accessorize your bunny.
10. While your arms dry, you can finish up your bunny's head and face. I glued on two small pom poms to make the cheeks for my bunny, but you can make a simple face by following the instructions in Step 3.
Then I cut off the top of a pink common pin to glue in place as a nose. You could also use a small bead for a nose. I used a Sharpie to draw on my bunny's eyes, but you could also use googly eyes bought at the craft store.
Assembling Your Paper Plate Easter Bunny Figure
11. Using white glue or glue stick, attach your arms to the cone body of your bunny.
12. (Optional) If you have an item for your bunny to hold, attach that to your bunny's body. I cut out this egg-shaped basket from one piece of my paper plate, then decorated it with crayon and paint. I used glue stick to attach it to my bunny's body, leaving the top edge of the basket open so I can add small flowers if I want.
13. Use two pom poms or small pieces of cotton ball to create some hands for your bunny. I was able to tear off small pieces from a cotton ball and form them into balls by rolling them in my fingers. Then glue your bunny's hands to the body at the end of the arms.
14. Lastly, attach your bunny's head to the body at the top of your cone. You may need to lightly trim the top of your cone so that it is level to accept the head. Put a bead of white glue around the top rim of the body to attach the head and let dry completely.
I hope you have fun making your own paper plate Easter bunny!
© 2017 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 11, 2017:
Hi Nancy - Thanks for your comments, but I disagree. I think you can use a variety of sized balls for the bunny head. A larger head - like mine - might make your bunny look a little like a cartoon character, but it's all a matter of taste. You can make any sized head fit on top of the paper cone by trimming down the point to be a flat surface to attach your ball to. I don't think you need to be overly concerned with cutting the plate exactly in half. A rough approximation is fine, particularly if doing this project with children. Thanks for reading and I'm glad you like this holiday bunny!
Nancy Hill on May 10, 2017:
I don't mean to criticize, but you really didn't cut the paper plate in half and it does make a difference. The dress definitely needs to be larger for everything else to come out right. Otherwise, I love your idea and your thorough instructions. It also might help if you give the dimensions of the head, as you don't want this beautiful bunny to be "top-heavy". Thanks for your super idea!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on April 14, 2017:
Thanks, Heidi! Hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 14, 2017:
Aw, how cute and perfect for this weekend! Happy Easter!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on April 11, 2017:
Thanks, Sally! I'm running a bit late for Easter, but I'm glad I got this bunny finished. Thanks, as always, for your comments and support! Hope you have a Happy Easter!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on April 11, 2017:
Very cute Donna, a great project for children everywhere these Easter Holidays. Thanks for sharing.