Make Foil Bunnies; Glass Paints and Foil; Trash to Treasure

4 Materials
10 Hours

Add sparkle to Spring by making foil bunnies tinted with glass paint. We looked everywhere for instructions on how to make foil bunnies. Finding no information on the subject, we made our own. To see a longer paint-by-number and finishing touches video, go to this link.

We made our bunny figures from scratch using candy molds and plaster. Follow us on HomeTalk and we'll show you how to make plaster figures … coming soon!

Silver bunnies are beautiful, with or without paint, but glass paint will give them a vintage flair.

To make this craft you'll need a figurine, standard weight foil, glue, and glass paint. Make sure your figure does not have sharp edges that will pierce the foil.

You'll also need a plain acrylic paint for primer. Most surfaces will need to be primed in order for the glue to stick.

Use fresh or recycled foil. We used recycled foil for lots of texture. We used the pie pans to create a few finishing touches.

The shiny side of the foil will face outward. Tear your foil into irregular shaped pieces. Straight edges will show. Uneven edges will blend.

Burnish the foil flat with a smooth plastic tool before gluing.

Paint glue on the dull side of the foil. We dipped our brush in water occasionally to keep the glue flowing. Very little glue is needed for this project. We used about 2 Tbs. for both bunnies.

Paint glue on the figurine too, for extra sticking power.

Place glued foil, shiny side out, onto the surface and press into place.

Wipe away excess glue. We used baby wipes.

Burnish to reveal details and remove any folds or air pockets.

Use a small paint brush to glue edges that are not stuck down. When gluing foil-on-foil you may need to glue several times … but eventually edges will stay down when the glue has been layered.

Keep foil flat when overlapping. Try not to bunch. Wrap around edges and overlap the foil until the figure is covered.

Photos don't do justice to silver bunnies. They are beautiful on their own …

… but glass paint takes them to a whole new level. You'll need very little paint, we dipped our swabs into the cap instead of the bottle.

We used 'Pebeo Vitrail Discovery Set' glass paint. There are other good glass paint companies too. Glass paint … it's not just for glass! We've got some amazing projects coming up here on HomeTalk.

We tested our Pebeo Vitrail Discovery Set on foil before we painted our bunnies. We used swabs and sponge brushes to apply the paint. We found that tiny paint brushes and pointed swabs were a great help in painting details.

To see our painting techniques, be sure to check the longer paint-by-number video. The link is at the top of this post.

Glass paint is similar to varnish and helps glue foil into place.

Finishing touches made with pieces of pie pan are shown in more detail in the longer video.

Our website has many more photos and tips for this project. Hop over and have a look … here is the link!

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  • Tara Eason Tara Eason on Apr 24, 2022

    I also would like to know what is the difference between acrylic paint and glass paint?

  • Tara Eason Tara Eason on Apr 26, 2022

    How easy is it if I make a mistake with the glass paint to take it off and start that part over again?

  • Passportt Passportt on May 11, 2022

    what did you do with a pie plate? did I miss something?

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  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 17, 2023

    Wow! These are gorgeous.

  • Ella Ella on Apr 17, 2023

    Your project is so very vintage cool! I bet you could not find these in a store, a great project for next Easter.