Easy Textured Antiqued Cardboard Bunny

Do you ever use cardboard for your projects? I do and I think it is a great way to recycle. 

If you're like me too, you like to get or make new decorations every season so cardboard is not only easy to work with but it is free. 

Here is a cute bunny I whipped up in no time using cardboard and sandpaper. 

Yep, sandpaper... Take a look...

antiqued rustic cardboard bunny

Ok so I will admit the sandpaper was not what I was looking for when I had this idea. Originally I wanted to make a tin ceiling bunny like the shamrock I made recently

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I realized once I was super motivated to make this project that I was out of the faux tin ceiling tile I wanted to use so I grabbed a piece of sandpaper for texture. I'll get more and make this project again for sure! 

I began by drawing out a bunny shape. I traced the shape onto cardboard and cut it out. 

paper bunny on cardboard

Next, I traced the bunny onto 80 grit sandpaper and cut it out... bonus cutting sandpaper sharpens your scissors! 

tracing bunny on sandpaper

The next step was to hot glue the sandpaper bunny to the cardboard bunny. It ended up nice and stiff. 

cut out sandpaper bunny

I painted the bunny on both sides with Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk. You can use any kind of chalky craft paint. 

painted sandpaper bunny

While the painted bunny was drying I made a small wooden stand using a couple of pieces of scrap wood leftover from another project. I just wood glued the small piece to the top and secured it with a couple of small nails. 

wooden stand for sandpaper bunny

Once the white paint dried on the bunny I went around the edges with a little antiquing glaze. This made the bunny look aged. 

glazed sandpaper painted bunny

The next step was to add a little Mod Podge around the edges and sprinkle it with cinnamon. I tapped off the cinnamon then gave the edges of the bunny another coat of Mod Podge to seal the cinnamon. 

sprinkled cinnamon on painted bunny

The cinnamon gives the bunny an aged rusty look which I really like. I hot glued the bunny to the stand then added moss, raffia and a heart to the bunny.

textured bunny on wooden stand

I think he is adorable and he cost me nothing. I found everything I needed in my workshop. 

bunny on stand with moss and heart

Side note: When the Mod Podge dried I gave the cinnamon another coat of Mod Podge and it made it even darker! The look is up to you! 

Cinnamon on bunny for antiquing

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easy cardboard bunny with overlay


Antiqued bunny with cinnamon

Those fun cement beads were also a fun Homeroad DIY project. 

bunny on egg crate dish


Bunny on wooden stand with shelves

This bunny may or may not be around next Spring but for this year I had fun creating a project this morning and he looks adorable! 

antiqued cardboard bunny on stand

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bunny and cement beads


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .