Are wondering how to create a bunny centerpiece for your spring table? In this post I show you how to paint a resin bunny for your table.
Spring is such an exciting time of year. I love celebrating the season by making wreaths, decorating eggs and, of course, creating a spring themed tablescape.
I love having a statement piece in the center of the table. Using a bunny that’s a substantial size and scale anchors the tablescape, making a big impression. I came across a resin bunny that was the perfect size for a spring centerpiece but I didn’t like how it looked. I loved the basket the bunny carried on his back and thought it would look beautiful filled with flowers.
However, I wasn’t thrilled with the dark grey color. I think the manufacturer was trying to make the bunny look like concrete.
Further, the orange highlights on the bunny didn’t look that flattering. I thought the bunny would look better if he was painted. So, I decided to paint this resin bunny using MMS milk paint.
Bunny Centerpiece for your Spring Table
This process was fairly quick and easy. It’s the perfect project for a rainy Sunday afternoon since the project was completed in a few hours.
The first thing we need to do is gather our supplies which I have listed below. I have provided links to the supplies on Amazon, when possible.
- Cleaning product with a degreaser
- MMS milk paint (I used the color Farmhouse White)
- MMS clear wax
- MMS antique wax
- MMS bonding agent
- 1 inch paint brush (I use Zibra brushes)
- Small wax brush
- Fresh flowers ( I purchased some from Trader Joes)
- Container for mixing your paint
- Kraft paper to protect the surface of your table
The only prep work I did for the resin bunny was to wipe it down with a cleaning product that cuts through grease and dirt. Some examples of these types of cleaning products include Dawn dish soap, Mr. Clean, Krud Kutter or 409.
Then I mixed up my paint. If you are new to this blog, I routinely use milk paint because it has natural character and patina. Unlike typical paints, milk paint comes in a powder form and needs to be mixed with water. As a general rule, I mix 1/2 cup of powdered milk paint with 1/2 a cup of warm water.
Milk paint is known for creating a naturally aged and chippy finish. For this project, I wanted a smooth finish (no chipping) and to ensure this, I added MMS bonding agent, known as milk grip, to the paint mixture.
I let the paint set for about 20 minutes before using it.
Paint the Resin Bunny
Then, I placed the bunny on top of the kraft paper and was ready to apply the milk paint.
If you don’t have kraft paper readily available to protect your work surface, you can use a piece of cardboard or a paper grocery bag cut open. The main point is to cover your work surface.
The bunny required two coats of paint and required about 30 minutes of drying time for each coat of paint. If you are impatient like me, you can use a hair drier to accelerate the drying time.
Once the paint was dry, I sealed the bunny using a small wax brush and MMS clear wax, which helps protect the paint from water and humidity. I wanted the bunny to have a little more character and to look as though he had been around for a number of years, so after applying the clear wax, in some specific areas, I also applied some MMS antiquing wax. Antiquing wax helps bring out some of the finer details of the resin statue such as the weave patterns in the basket and the features in the bunny’s face.
I gently applied the wax using a small wax brush and then used a soft terry cloth rag to wipe off any excess wax.
If you look closely at the photo above, you can see how the antiquing wax highlights the details of the basket and the bunny’s face. The antique wax creates a very subtle effect but makes a big difference.
Add Fresh Flowers
Once the resin bunny was painted and waxed, I wanted to add some fresh flowers. So, I made a trip to Trader Joes to see what fresh flowers were available. I bought a couple of bouquets of mixed flowers and added them to the basket the bunny carried on his back.
Below are the photos showing the bunny centerpiece being used on a spring themed table. Feel free to Pin these images to your Pinterest account for future reference. It’s also worth noting that you can use this technique on any resin figure.
This little bunny looks much more cheerful now that he has been painted.
Thankfully, Trader Joes offers a wide array of affordable flowers.
If you look closely, you can see how the antiquing wax highlights the details on the bunny’s basket.
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I hope spring has made its way to your corner of the world. If you enjoyed this project, you might also like the following spring related projects.