How to: Faux Chocolate Bunnies for Easter

For Easter, I decided to take on a craft project from Martha Stewart that seemed kind of manly.  I chose to make these Faux Chocolate Easter Bunnies.  I ended up making four of them: three as gifts and one to keep for ourselves.  I believe Ms. Martha herself makes different chocolate bunnies each year, so perhaps this will become a tradition.  I suppose I'm only limited by the number of molds I can find.

Martha Stewart's Faux-Chocolate Bunnies

Tools Required:
Easter bunny chocolate molds
Binder clips
Clothespins
Scissors
Bucket
Bamboo skewer or other long, slender stick
File, sandpaper, and/or Dremel tool with a sanding attachment
Durham's water putty
Drill with paint mixer attachment, or paint mixing stick
White primer paint
Brown paint (Martha used liquid acrylic -- a mix of burnt sienna, burnt umber, and white)
Clear satin topcoat
Paint in a variety of colors for details
Ribbon and flowers for embellishing

This year, I bought a mold at KHL Molds - per Martha's recommendation.  My mold (below) came in two pieces and I chose it because it was pretty tall.  I wanted bunnies that were substantial. 

Here's the mold compared to my MacBook Pro.  Like I said, it isn't small.

To make the statues, you use Durham's Water Putty.  Just follow the directions on the can.  If your mold is the same size as mine, it'll take 3/4 of a can to do just one. 
Next, clip the two halves of the mold together with binder clips. Cut the bottom out of the mold, if necessary, to allow pouring of putty mixture. I had to do this to get the putty inside the mold.  Set the mold upside down in a bucket to keep it upright; clip the mold to the side of the bucket with clothespins to hold it steady.  I used cardboard in the bucket (below) to steady the mold.   You have to use a stick and I "flicked" the sides of the mold to settle the putty into each crevice. 
Then, wait for at least four hours.  I usually waited overnight.  I carefully took the mold out of the bucket and started to peel away the plastic.  It came off every time very easily.  And, I was left with this:
Grab your Dremel and take the seam down as best as you can.  I figured that *real* chocolate bunnies actually have a seam on them, so I didn't sweat the seam too much.  I got rid of most of it, but it wasn't perfectly smooth. 

Then, I let it fully dry for a day or two which made the water putty lighten up a bit.  After that, I put on a coat of white primer.  I used spray primer, but you could brush it on if you want. 

After that, it is time to color.  To get a true chocolate color, I picked three different paint colors and combined them.  I tried the color called Chocolate Bar, but it wasn't perfect on it's own. 
Mixing the paint in a little ramekin was a breeze and I started putting on coats.  The primer helped, but it still took like five total coats.  

More coats of brown.
Once done, I sprayed it with a shiny coat (I forgot to take a photo of that!) and then it was time to adorn them.  I went with the ribbon collar look.  Two pieces.  First, the ribbon around the collar.

Then I made separate bows and hot glued them on.
I think they turned out pretty great and I'm already thinking about making a different style next year for Easter!

Popular posts from this blog

Lou Malnati's Salad Dressing Recipe as Published in the 60's

Lionel Old St. Nick Operating Billboard #6-82002

Confirmed: Sicilian vs. Grandma