It is mason jar day again! Yay. These are fun projects I get to create each month with some other talented bloggers. This month we decided on an Easter theme so I created a cut file pattern to transform the mason jar into a bunny! You can download this free cut file and use it to make your own diy bunny mason jar!
DIY Bunny Mason Jar Craft
Are you guys ready for this cute mason jar craft? This was so fun to design and I am glad I get to share it with you.
This is a cut file that can be used in the Silhouette or the Cricut. Cricut owners will probably use an SVG file but if you own a Silhouette Cameo like me you can use the PNG file that is included in my resource library. You can sign up to access the download here or at the end of this post.
You can watch my step-by-step video below.
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If you are not used to using PNG files in the Silhouette software I have included a tutorial in my video above or you can watch the video below. It does not use the bunny file but it will be the same process. Once you learn you will want to use all of the PNG files that you find. LOL!
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- Sihouette Cameo
- Paint Brushes
- Sanding Block
- Paint bottom portion of jars with chalked paint - may need several coats
- Sand some lettering for a distressed look
- Download and save the cut files
- Cut the bunny pieces from white card stock and metallic vinyl
- Add the "inner ear" vinyl pieces to the bunny ears - add pink ink to the edges
- Place adhesive on the band and wrap it around the neck of the jar
- Replace the black nose on the bunny face with a metallic glitter nose to match the ears
- Use transfer tape on the face
- Place the face onto the bunny head and add pink ink to the edges, then adhere to the front of the jar
- Add pink ink to the bunny feet
- Place mounting tape on the feet and adhere them to the bottom of the jar so they stick out like feet
- Crumple some tissue paper to place at the bottom of the jar
- Place a few chocolate eggs into a cello bag, add the bag to the jar and keep filling it with candy, use a twist tie to close the bag
- Add some bakers twine around the neck of the jar
- place a piece of mounting tape on the back side of the jar and add a cotton ball as a cute tail.
Let Me Show You How!
Step 1: Paint Your Mason Jars
I used three different jars in two different sizes and painted just the bottom part so the candy would show through the glass. This chalk paint from Rust-o-leum is one of my favorite brands. The colors I used are Serenity Blue, Blush Pink and Linen White. You will need some brushes too. Regular brushes or foam brushes are fine.
The paint went on pretty thin so you may need to give them a several coats. The blue and white jars took just two coats but the pink needed three. Just keep adding coats until you like what you see.
Step 2: Distress The Paint A Little
After the paint is completely dry you can distress as much as you want but I just wanted a little bit on the word “mason”. Use a sanding block to carefully sand some of the paint off the jar.
Step 3: Cut Out The Bunny Pieces
This is one of the most fun parts of this project. Please head to the bottom of the post to get the download for this cute bunny design or you can just head to the resource library. You will also gain access to the rest of my design library as well.
Once it is downloaded, save them to a file on your computer. You can use the SVG file with the Cricut or the Silhouette Designer edition to cut out all of the parts. You guys can skip ahead to step 4!
If you have a Silhouette Cameo but not the Designer edition like me then you will need to use the PNG file and follow the instructions below. This is a simple process but just a couple of extra steps.
Here we go! I am using a PC.
1. Open the Silhouette Design Space,
click on file>open and navigate to the bunny files that you saved after you downloaded the free design. You will need to pull in one file at a time. I started with the bunny ears. Be sure to open the PNG file as shown below.
2. Open the file.
It will come into the design space onto the area that looks like your cutting mat.
3. Click on the Trace icon on the right side of the screen.
4. Click Select Trace Area at the top of the trace pop up window.
5. Click in the corner of your selection area,
hold the left mouse key down and drag to the opposite corner making sure your entire design is in the darkened, selected area.
6. Let go of the mouse button and find the Threshold slider.
Slide the little triangle slider all the way to the right until your entire design turns yellow.
7. Once the design is yellow
click on Trace toward the bottom of the trace pop up window.
8. Click on Trace.
You will see red lines appear around your design.
9. Select your original design
and pull it away from the traced design.
10. With the original design selected hit delete and make it go away.
You are left with a perfect cut design.
11. Repeat this process for all of the other bunny components.
Then copy and paste each one to one mat screen.
Soon you will have all of the designs onto on consolidated page. Once you do you will need to duplicate the foot and the face, well at least the nose. To this, select the design you want to duplicate and click on the duplicate icon at the top of the screen.
It will automatically duplicate the design for you. Then you just move it around until you like where it is. Repeat for the little face. I switched out a cute, colored glitter nose for the black nose.
Now you are all set to cut the cardstock and the vinyl out at the same time. Based on the layout above, this is how the mat looked going into the Silhouette.
Step 4: Adding the ears to the jar
Now we get to see how it all comes together. This is the most fun part! Start with the ears. This is how they look all cut out.
Use the vinyl pieces to add the “inner ear color”.
Pink ink is a great way to add some color to the ears. I love to add it to the edges of the paper.
Once they are all pretty add some adhesive to each end of the “strap” that wraps around the neck of the jar.
Over lap the two ends after wrapping the piece around the jar.
Step 5: Creating the face
For this step you need to find the bunny head and the two bunny faces. First find the head and add some pink ink to the edges to match the ears.
Then exchange the purple nose for the black nose on the little vinyl face. The picture below shows the black nose but you will see the purple nose in the transfer paper step.
After replacing the nose add some transfer paper to the face.
Then place the cute bunny face onto the bunny head.
Using a sharpie, draw some whiskers next to either side of his nose.
Then, last but not least…use the pink ink and lightly add some to create pink cheeks.
Now you can place a piece of mounting tape on the back of the head and adhere it to the front of the jar.
Step 6: The footsies
Take the same steps with the pink ink to create some color on the feet.
After they are colored they are ready for mounting tape and to go onto the bottom of the jar.
Step 7: The final details
Adding candy is just a must for an Easter mason jar gift right? I chose some chocolate eggs but I don’t like to just put the eggs into a jar. I think it is cleaner and more “gift friendly” to add them to a cello bag and then add them. So, that is the next step.
Only fill the bag part way before placing it in the jar. If you wait too long will be too full to fit. But before you add the bag of candy place a bit of crumpled up tissue paper at the bottom. It adds some color but also allows the bag to sit right at the paint line so the candy can be seen.
For the smaller mason jar I cut down the cello bag.
Close it up with the tie.
Next add some ribbon or bakers twine around the neck of the jar. This just adds to the cuteness!
And last but not least…a cotton ball tail.
These guys turned out so cute and I can’t wait to give them to friends! What do you think?
They looked great with my Sweet Treats tray too.
Be sure get the free cut file for this by entering your email below for the password. You will receive an email with the password for instant access to all of my files in my resource library.
Be sure to check out all of the awesome Easter mason jar posts created by my friends!
Easter Mason Jar Terrarium from Red Cottage Chronicles • DIY Easter Chick Mason Jar Vase from Weekend Craft • DIY Bunny Mason Jar Craft from Michelle James Designs • Mason Jar Succulent Planter For Easter from Our Crafty Mom • Personalized Easter Gift Idea from Daily DIY Life • Bunny and Chick Easter Mason Jars from Creative Ramblings