Decorate for spring with this easy-to-make, primitive-style, chocolate bunny bar DIY Easter sign.
This past weekend I pulled down my Valentine’s decor. My cute little love gnome and simple washi tape art have been boxed up and placed in storage. As I shelved the remainder of my winter decor, I started to unbox a bit of my spring (mostly Easter) decor.
There’s still quite a bit of snow outside. In fact it’s not unusual for the last snow storm of the year to occur in March or April here in Utah, so pulling out all the spring decor may be a bit premature, but I can’t help myself.
Warm clothes are all tucked away in closets, while remaining close at hand. Rather than “hide” my hot cocoa beverage station with the scarves and gloves, I decided to simply update it for spring. It’s now a chocolate bunny bar.
I created a chocolate bunny bar DIY Easter sign for the shelves. I am sharing the project as a part of Krista’s Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series.
You will be able to find links to the more than two dozen projects featured as a part of Krista’s series at the bottom of this post.
DIY Easter Sign
I often decorate for St. Patrick’s Day in March, but I’m rather busy this year building up the coaching services I offer to female entrepreneurs and working moms. I’ve skipped over the shamrocks and gone straight for spring decor (BUNNIES!) that will remain out through the end of April.
Since I am not going to be swapping out holiday decor at the end of the month, I had the time to create this fun DIY Easter sign. It’s a project requires about one-hour of hands on work.
To recreate this DIY Easter sign you will need:
- Chocolate Bunny Bar Stencil SVG (Download Below)
- Plain Wood Tray
- Minwax Stain (I used this color)
- Americana Acrylic Paint (I used this color)
- Foam Brushes + Cotton Rag
- Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine
- Cricut Stencil Film
- Transfer Tape
How to recreate this Easter bunny bar sign:
Pull together all of your supplies and stage them in your crafting space. I am lucky enough to have a room dedicated to crafting and I work on most of my projects at a butcher blog counter height table purchased at Ikea.
Place a protective layer over the top of your work surface. I keep a large roll of brown kraft paper on hand for projects like this one.
Stain the surface of your wood Easter sign. I purchased a set of wood trays on Amazon for super cheap – they’re great for kitchen signs. I stained the entire wood tray the night before to allow for ample dry time (it took about five minutes), but this project could be completed in one day.
Download the Chocolate Bunny Bar cut file (located below) and save to your computer.
Upload the the cut file design to your design software (Design Space, if you’re using a Cricut like I do) and size appropriately.
Cut the design on stencil film. Regular vinyl will work, but the stencil film is less inexpensive, easier to remove and doesn’t leave behind any trace adhesive.
Peel the negative space from the design using a weeding tool.
Adhere the remaining design to transfer tape for placement on your sign.
Place the design as desired on the stained surface to create your DIY Easter sign. Once the design is in place, remove the transfer tape from the design.
Paint over the top of the stencil material using acrylic paint. I typically cover the surface with one to two thin coats. The paint dries quickly enough I don’t have to pause for drying time.
Once you’ve achieved the paint coverage desired, remove the stencil film. Removing the stencil prior to allowing for a complete dry will keep the lines crisp.
Optional: To “age” my sign, I brushed a bit of stain over the top of the white paint and then rubbed it with a cotton rag.
This project is easily completed in less than an hour, minus the time it takes the stain to dry. I’ve placed my DIY Easter sign up on the top shelf of my hot cocoa station and staged it with a few spring mugs and my favorite – LINDT CHOCOLATE!
I love that I’ve been able to transform a cold weather nook to something that looks like spring, while still serving it’s original purpose!