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Faux Chocolate Easter Bunny

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Chocolate bunnies are a must-have at Easter time. I think they are absolutely adorable and of course, usually taste amazing. I wanted to add a cute chocolate Easter rabbit to my Easter & spring decor, but I didn't want to deal with the chocolate breaking and/or melting while on the shelf or in storage. Instead of dealing with the "what if", I decided to create my own faux chocolate bunnies that look just like the real thing and will hopefully be on the shelf during the Easter season for years to come!!

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To make your own faux chocolate Easter bunnies, you only need TWO things: a rabbit figurine and some brown satin spray paint!! I found this rabbit at the thrift store and paid a whopping 75¢!! The rabbit in the top photo with the candies in the basket was from Walmart for less than $2!!

My best tip for choosing a rabbit figurine is to choose one with small or more realistic-sized eyes. I can't stress this enough!! I found another rabbit that looked adorable with big, cutesy eyes, but once it was painted - it was the scariest thing I have ever created. I'm not even going to post a picture. Just trust me that it was terrifying.

Prep the rabbit by wiping it down with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove dust and dirt. If your rabbit has a glossy coat, you can lightly sand it with fine sandpaper to help the spray paint stick better to the figurine.

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Of all the spray paints I've tried, Rust-Oleum worked best for me. Find a shade that looks most like chocolate to you, and be sure to get satin finish. The satin gives the best chocolate effect.

To transform the rabbit from figurine to faux chocolate, spray a light coat of paint over the entire rabbit. Let it dry completely, and keep adding coats until it's completely covered. Mine needed about 4 coats. I sprayed it with the rabbit standing up on a piece of scrap cardboard, then did a few coats with it lying down to get the underside of the hands, chin, etc covered.

Once the rabbit is dry, you can put it on display with your other Easter decor, or put it on your Easter dinner table as a centerpiece!! Bunnies don't have to be the only thing looking like chocolate. Other Easter decor like eggs, chicks, and baskets also look cute when chocolate-tized!


DIY Neon Jewelry Stand

This post is sponsored by Elmer's. All opinions are my own.

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After I made my jewelry stand months ago, my daughter wanted one for herself. This DIY Neon Jewelry Stand is costs less than $10 and is simple enough for kids of any age to create (though it will be easier for kids ages 8-12). Depending on the paints you use, the color possibilities are endless!

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First, you'll need two terra cotta plates. I used a 9.75 and a 7 inch plate. You can find these almost anywhere and they're not very expensive at all. You'll also need a candleholder. I found this glass one at the dollar store!

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First, paint the plates with acrylic paint in the color of your choice with a sponge brush. I used Americana paint in Snow (Titanium) White. To completely cover the terra cotta color, you'll need about 2-3 coats, maybe more depending on your paint and paint color. Let the paint dry between coats.

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Once the paint is completely dry, you can get to customizing!! I absolutely love the Painters® Paint Markers. I used the Painters® Neon Brights Paint Markers, and colored around the outer lip and the inner rim of the plates with different neon colors. You can add any designs you want, and these markers are perfect for doodling on projects like this!! The Painters® go on smoothly and the colors are vibrant. After letting the first coat dry, I added another one. For darker colors, you might need another coat or two to get the best results.

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After I was done with the Painters®, I decided the plates needed a little bit of shine. With a Board Mate® Silver Metallic Marker, I lined around all the edges where I used the Painters®.

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Now that the plates are all decorated, it's time to assemble the jewelry stand! Elmer's has a new X-treme School Glue and it is amazing for projects like this!! You can use it for everything from craft items to science fair and other school projects. The extra strength formula works on a variety of surfaces like paper, photos, wood, craft sticks, fabric, ribbon, buttons, gems, craft materials, foam sheets, foam board, poster board, cardboard, some plastics, some metals and much more!

Apply a good amount of X-treme School Glue around the top of the candleholder. You could also put some on the bottom of the plate for a stronger bond, but I found just adding a thick layer to the candleholder worked great. The glue goes on white like the original school glue, but it dries clear. Even though it's tough, it is still washable and will come out of clothing.

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Immediately place the candleholder glue side down on the bottom of the smaller plate. Make sure it's centered, and then place the larger plate on top to keep pressure on the candleholder while it dries. Let the plates dry somewhere where they won't be disturbed. Allow to dry 24 hours for the strongest bond.

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Once the glue is dry (it will be clear), you can flip the smaller plate over and then center it on the inside of the larger plate. You can glue it in place if you want for more stability, but it will stand fine on it's own.

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Now all you have to do is add your jewelry to the jewelry stand!! My daughter loves having a fun place to put her jewelry and it makes it easy for her to find which accessories she wants to wear each day.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here!! I hope you're all ready to link up what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. It's been so fun seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

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Mini Caramel Lava Cakes by Sweet & Savory by Shinee
Magnetic Fridge Vases by Woods of Bell Trees
Bacon Ranch Dressing by Cooking with Curls
Kate Spade Inspired Gold Eggs by Ash and Crafts
DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs by The Suburban Mom
Coloring on Canvas Shoes by Life Unfluffed
Cookie Berry Torte by All She Cooks
Watercolor Easter Eggs by Sensory Mom Secrets

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