Easter is such a special holiday. It is a celebration of spring, and more importantly, a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Usually, I plaster the house with pastels and dyed eggs, but this year I wanted to try a grown up version of Easter. I’m using lots of earth tones in the form of burlap, wood, green foliage, a few light color splashes, lavender buds, and light pink hyacinths. It’s reminiscent of provincial spring decor, and since Easter is so late this year I can use it almost all the way through spring. Have fun with this cake plate and be patient it takes some time but it’s worth it in the end, Happy Easter!
1. Large Plastic Rabbit, mine is from Kirkland’s 2014 Easter collection
2. Paint Brushes, at least 2
3. Tacky Glue
4. Aluminium Foil
6. Black Acrylic Paint
7. Drill with Large Drill Bit
8. Wood Glue
9. A 1/2″ Dowel Rod
10. A 4″ wooden circle with beveled edge, you can get a larger one if you want a full size cake plate
11. A 1.5 or 2″ wooden circle with beveled edge, 9 & 10 can be found at Michael’s
12. A round wooden stick, this could be a wooden paintbrush handle or chopstick
Drill a hole in the center of the plastic rabbit’s back using a large drill bit. This rabbit from Kirkland’s is hollow so it didn’t take long to drill through the top. The dowel rod needs to be 1/2 inch in diameter to support the weight, so you will need a pretty large drill bit. I didn’t have a huge one, so I traced the dowel rod’s circle on the rabbits back and kept drilling around the edges until the hole was big enough and the rod fit snugly.
Drill a hole into the 2 inch wooden circle. You want both the holes in the rabbit and the circle to be a hair smaller than a half an inch because you want the dowel rod to fit snugly. Once you have the holes drilled, put the rabbit aside and cut the dowel rod to your desired length. This is just a matter of preference, mine is 5 inches. I used a small table saw to cut the dowel rod, but if you lack a saw you can cut through it fairly easily with a serrated steak knife. For the knife method, saw around the rod in a circle. Once it gives some bend, hold the rod against a counter. Let the part you are cutting hang off the counter and use leverage to break it apart. Now put some glue around the hole in the small wooden circle and push the dowel rod through the hole until it’s smooth with the top of the wooden circle.
Put a generous amount of wood glue on the top of the 2 inch wood, and then center it on the 4 inch wood circle. Make sure the beveled edge is in the right place; you want the smaller side facing up. Let it sit overnight.
Tear apart 1-2″ squares pieces of foil. Aluminum foil has two different sides, one is really shinny and the other has a more matte finish. I put the glue on the shinny side so the matte finish shows in the end. Place the square on a plate. Brush the tacky glue on the foil square using a paint brush. Make sure the glue gets to the edges of the foil.
Using your other paintbrush, apply the foil to the rabbit. Get it as smooth as you can.
Once you’ve brushed down the foil, take your “round wooden stick” (this could be the back of a paintbrush or chopstick) and rub the foil down. Apply a lot of pressure. You will see the excess glue moving around, so move it out of the edge of the foil piece. Wipe the glue off with a wet paper towel, if needed. It might take some time to get used to, but it’s a very important step. This creates the finish and keeps it from looking like a rabbit covered in tinfoil.
This picture highlights the importance of step 6. The top picture is of the rabbit foot before and the bottom picture is after. You might need different sized wooden sticks to get in all the crevasses.
After you get the rabbit completely covered and all the foil smoothed out, cover your wooden plate the same way. Do not cover the dowel rod, as you will cover it once it is in place. With a wet paper towel clean both pieces, and make sure all the extra glue is gone. Get out you black paint and some paper towels. Dip your paper towel in the paint and rub it all over the rabbit. Let it set for a minute or two and then using a clean paper towel rub of the excess paint leaving paint in the grooves.
Once the black paint dries, pour wood glue in the hole on the rabbits back. Push the dowel rod through the hole until it hits the bottom. I used a level to make sure the cake plate sits level. Let it sit for at least a few hours. Once the glue has hardened, put the foil and black patina on the dowel rod. Lastly, spray with polyurethane. Give it at least 2 coats. Now sit back and enjoy!