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Take the Bunny Trail with Creative Fabrica

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Posted on March 17, 2022 by Jan Hunter
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This quick to make and the fun piece will be hit with every age.  Perfect to make with wood or paper shapes and placed in a wood box with some greenery.  The Bunny Trail arrow is from the Easter Quotes collection and the Cottontail Lane arrow used the arrow from the Bunny Trail file and the words Cottontail Lane use the Mailhome font.  Links to both are below:

Easter Quotes Collection

Mailhome

You’ll also need:

Arrow shape in wood or paper
Electronic die cutting machine and software
FREE bunny shape 
Printer (if using paper shapes – cardstock:  1 12×12 for arrow shape; 1 8.5 x 11 for each bunny shape)
Vinyl (if using wood shapes)
Light gray marker (to create shadows)
Light gray ink pad and blender tool
Long narrow box or other container
filler (greenery and Styrofoam)
bamboo skewers (6”)
glue
hot glue
Twine
Chalk or Pan Pastels
Fixative Spray
Paper Piercer
small jewels for noses
2 brads for eyes (for each bunny)
SVG File for bunny shape

The arrows and bunny samples for this project were made from paper.  The arrow is a 3D shape not available for purchase, however, you can easily make a 3D arrow by creating an arrow shape in your software. You’ll cut 3 in your cutting software and then add a tabbed side piece and gluing around all the sides.  Before cutting decide which of the arrow shapes will be your front.  Add the quote, then size, and center in the arrow.  Make sure the quote is set to print.  Be sure to set the stroke of the arrow to None or white.  When using the SVG version of the quote (Bunny Trail with arrow), you can change the color.  The brown color was selected (#98451B) and printed.  After printing, create a shadow for each letter using the light gray marker.  Cut the arrows from your cardstock using the print and cut settings in your software for your machine.  Set this piece aside.

Begin assembling the arrow. 

Glue the non-printed front piece of the arrow inside the tabbed piece.  This adds a little bit more strength to the front.  Glue the arrow back to the remaining tabbed edge.  Add the printed front to the arrow and edge with some gray ink if you want.   The arrow is ready to use.  Two 3D arrows were created for this project.  One arrow will sit in the box and the other will be outside the box.  The second arrow, Cottontail Lane, uses the Mailhome font and the arrow used was from the previous quote.  Size the font and arrow if needed.  Select the text and arrow and set to print. Follow the print 2 cut instructions in your software and then cut as directed.

Add a little dimension to the lettering using the gray marker.  Assemble as above and edge with gray ink if desired.

TIP:  If you’d rather not mess with the tabbed piece, just stack and adhere 2 of the arrow cuts making sure the printed piece is on top.  If your arrow will be in the box, glue two skewers to the back and then add the third arrow cut to cover the skewers.  Let the glue dry.

If you’re making one arrow that will sit on the table, add a small easel piece to the back so it will stand up.

Wood Arrow Shapes: 

Sand and clean the wood if needed; then, paint the shape with white paint.  Let the paint dry. You can distress the edges with some sandpaper if desired and add a little bit of the gray permanent ink to the edges.

Open your cutting machine’s software and open the desired quote.  Size to fit within the center of the arrow (measure carefully and be sure to leave a border at the top and at the bottom of the arrow)

Mat the vinyl and cut.

Weed the vinyl leaving the words and the arrow.  Apply the transfer tape.  Remove the backing leaving the vinyl on the tape.

Center the vinyl on the wood shape. Burnish the vinyl and carefully remove the tape.  If the vinyl isn’t sticking to the wood, burnish a bit more.

You can add shading using a permanent marker as shared with the paper images.  OR you can layer the lettering by cutting two versions of the quote in different colors. Repeat for the second arrow.

The Bunny Shapes:
These shapes were created using basic shapes in the software. If you don’t want to create your own shapes – a shape in a free file is available for you here.

For each bunny, cut one front, one back and one panel.

Add facial features as desired to the panel shape you’ve cut.  Brads were used for eyes. Use the piercing tool to mark the holes for the eyes.  Glue a small jewel for the nose to the face using hot glue or E6000.  Allow the glue to set.  Chalk was used for the inside of the ears and for the cheeks.

Using a piercer, make a hole on either side of the nose, thread a 4-inch piece of twine through the holes leaving the excess exposed on the front of the panel.  Using a small piece of tape on the back, cover the spot where the twine is to hold it in place.  Untwist the twine into separate threads for the whiskers.

Glue the panel to the front shape.  It will be slightly smaller and should be centered on the front bunny shape.

Glue a skewer to the back of the front shape and when that has dried, glue the back to cover the skewer.  Repeat for each bunny.  Ink or chalk the edges if desired.


If you want some extra stability for the skewered pieces, place the Styrofoam in the box and if needed, adhere with a little tape or hot glue.  Add the greenery to your display box.  2 small ivy vines were used here.

Add the arrow and add additional pieces to complete the scene.  Enjoy your new piece. It’s perfect for a shelf, table or mantel.

For additional inspiration, visit my author’s page here or my blog.


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