Easter Crafts, Metal Embossing, Spring Crafts

Easter Bunny Banner

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Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

I’m still wishing for spring to arrive, and my thoughts seemed to be focused on spring projects.   I have an easy one to share with you today.

I love banners.  They are a great way to dress up a mantel for any holiday.  Who doesn’t need some little bunnies in their Easter decor? These little bunnies are so cute with their rustic look, bright colors, shiny metal, and fun textures.  We are sharing how to make your own metal embossed Easter Bunny Banner.

Info on Metal Used: People have asked me if the metal I use has sharp edges. This tooling metal (38 gauge) is pretty soft and pliable. It cuts easily with ordinary household scissors and is slightly thicker than a disposable tin foil backing pan. As long as your cut edges are clean, you shouldn’t have any issues handling the metal. Don’t get me wrong, if you rub the side of the metal in just the wrong way, you will get cut, just like you would with paper and the resulting paper cut.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Supplies Used:

 

  • 38 gauge aluminium tooling foil
  • painters tape
  • soft embossing surface (I used a rubber mat, you can substitute with a magazine; stacked newspapers or a piece of suede)
  • Bunny pattern (I printed mine from the Internet)
  • Teflon Stylist embossing tool (you can use a dull pencil)
  • various embossing pattern folders (used in paper crafting)
  • Paper stump
  • scissors
  • craft paint for multi surfaces
  • paint brush
  • fine sandpaper (optional to get a rustic look)
  • cotton balls
  • glue (I used a jewelry glue that works well for metal – found in all craft stores)
  • hole punch
  • grommets or eyelets (optional)
  • hammer (optional: to set the eyelets)
  • eyelet setter (optional)
  • Spray acrylic sealer
  • ribbon
 

Step 1:

 
Find a bunny pattern you want to use and print it on standard paper.  Cut a piece of metal using standard scissors a little larger than the pattern.  Attach the pattern to the metal using a small piece of painters tape.  Place the metal with pattern attached on a hard surface.  Using the teflon stylist embossing tool, trace the outline of the pattern.  (Tip:  protect your surface with a piece of poster board or a piece of newspaper).
Bunny Pattern.

Remove the paper pattern and you will see the outline of the pattern on your metal.  This becomes the front side of your project.

Step 2:

Using stencils (I used embossing folders commonly used in paper crafting), place your metal front side up on the stencil.  Using a paper stump, rub over the area that you want the pattern to appear.  Make sure you get the whole pattern showing with all the details.

Here is a picture of the type of stencils I used and paper stumps:

Embossing folders.

 

Paper stumps.

Here are a few of mine that are have the rubbing completed:

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Step 3:

Next, turn your metal over on a soft surface and with the teflon stylist, press firmly and draw the outline of the bunny.  (Tip:  Don’t press too hard or you will puncture the metal).

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Step 4:

Place your metal piece front side up on your hard surface.  Using the teflon stylist, define the outside line of the pattern.  The idea is to make a nice smooth defined line.

 

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Here is a piece that has been fully defined:

 

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Step 5:

Using scissors, cut out your pattern.  (Tip:  you want to cut just outside of the pattern line you defined).   Paint each piece in the color of your choice.

 

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.
Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

NOTE:  The next step is optional if you want a rustic look or the metal to shine through.  If you like the look in the above picture, skip to step 7.

Step 6 (OPTIONAL):

I decided that I wanted a more rustic look with some of the metal showing.  After the paint was completely dry, I used a fine sanding pad (you can use a fine grit piece of sandpaper), I lightly and in a circular motion sanded off some of the paint.

 

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.
Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.
Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Step 7:

I lightly sprayed each piece with a clear acrylic sealer and let that dry.  Using jewelers glue, I attached 1/2 a cotton ball  to each bunny tail.  I just cut the cotton balls in half with a scissors.   I punched two holes for the ribbon to slide through and added grommets (eyelets can be used as well).   The grommets/eyelets help the ribbon to slide through easily and gives the project a more finished look.

 

Clear acrylic sealer and Jewel-It glue.
Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

 

Hole punch, hammer, grommets.

 

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Step 8:

String the finished bunnies with ribbon of your choice and hang!

 

Simple metal embossing techniques are used to create a beautiful and unique Easter Bunny banner. Embossing folders are used to create a variety of textures.

Embossing is made so easy with the use of stencils!  Hope you found the tutorial informative and helpful.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly on my Contact me page.

 

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12 Comment

  1. Beverly Roderick
    February 10, 2015 at 3:46 am

    You impress me every time I see another one of your metal embossed projects! The bunnies are great!

    1. Laurie
      February 10, 2015 at 4:25 am

      Thank you Beverly! I know I'm a little early for posting Easter things, but when the inspiration strikes, I just have to go with it and when the project turns out just like I planned . . .well, that's just a bonus. Thank you for your comment. I truly appreciate it.

  2. Monica
    February 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Ooh! I love these colorful bunnies. They make a great banner garland! Well done!

  3. Laurie
    February 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks Monica! I love them too. Appreciate your comments and the shares!

  4. Dee M
    February 11, 2015 at 1:54 am

    That's amazing, Laurie — very cute! It's spring here, so I'm breaking out the spring crafts next! 🙂

  5. Laurie
    February 11, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Jealous! I'm sure we have more winter to come here. Sadness. Looking forward to seeing more spring crafts!

  6. caseperlatesta
    February 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

    This is super cute Laurie! I love the idea of bunny banner, the shape of bunnies, all the colours that you've used….all is really lovely!Thanks for sharing your craft!

    1. Laurie
      February 27, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you! So glad you stopped in for a visit today!

  7. Renee Cheatham
    February 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Super adorable! I love how easy your tutorials feel!

    1. Laurie
      February 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you Renee! I appreciate your visit today. It really is as easy as it looks!

  8. Brittany Bush
    March 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    These bunnies are too cute! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    1. Laurie
      March 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Brittany! I always enjoy the Home Matters Link Party!

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