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Project

Faux-Chocolate Bunnies

This beautiful faux-chocolate bunny is a timeless Easter decoration you can enjoy year after year.

Materials

  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    Mix 3 parts Durham's water putty powder to 1 part water. Add putty slowly, in 3 stages. Mix until the putty is the consistency of pancake batter or a little thicker.

  4. Step 4

    Pour putty slowly into mold.

  5. Step 5

    Use a bamboo skewer to ease putty into all nooks and crannies and eliminate bubbles.

  6. Step 6

    Allow to set for 2 to 3 hours.

  7. Step 7

    Remove binder clips and open molds to release bunny.

  8. Step 8

    Smooth seams using a file, sandpaper, or a Dremel tool with a sanding attachment. Fill in any bubble holes with more putty.

  9. Step 9

    Prime with white primer, allow to dry, and paint with brown paint. Apply a clear satin topcoat to the painted bunny for sheen.

  10. Step 10

    Paint eyes and other details, and add embellishments like ribbons and flowers, if desired.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2008

Reviews (26)

  • Craftylady2012 29 Feb, 2012

    I make these figures out of my antique chocolate mold collection using a mixture of papermachie see them at
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Alwaysbusy2010?ref=si_shop

  • DebHicks65 20 Apr, 2011

    Thank you so much for this suggestion! Not only was this bunny a darling but several others were available to make a "mock" chocolate basket that can be used for Easter's to come! Again, thanks Matha!!!

  • mares41 14 Apr, 2011

    I make these bunnies with a ceramic mold and slip. I fire and them paint them!
    They make great decorations!

  • shimmysister 3 Mar, 2011

    These are so easy to make and so much fun!! I have made several bunnies and love to take them out and decorate the house for Easter. They take a bit of time - drying, clean-up, painting, decorating. But they are worth the effort. You have wonderful handmade "chocolate" bunnies for many years to come.

  • shimmysister 3 Mar, 2011

    I have made several of these rabbits and I love them. What a terrific idea. Easter is my favorite holiday and having a dozen or so "chocolate" bunnies around the house is great fun. They are super easy to make, but do take a bit of time to dry the plaster, sand and clean up and paint, but well worth the effort. When done, you have some terrific handmade bunnies to last for years.

  • Ldybugsrus 31 Mar, 2009

    I think some chocolate polymer clay and some wadded up aluminum foil would work better,

  • nightowl 30 Mar, 2009

    I laughed, then went back to watch the directions, funny. I love Bird in a Gilded cage, great actors.
    The bunnys are great! I have some older molds like a chicken

  • nightowl 30 Mar, 2009

    I laughed, then went back to watch the directions, funny. I love Bird in a Gilded cage, great actors.
    The bunnys are great! I have some older molds like a chicken

  • nightowl 30 Mar, 2009

    I laughed, then went back to watch the directions, funny. I love Bird in a Gilded cage, great actors.
    The bunnys are great! I have some older molds like a chicken

  • jyoung434 30 Mar, 2009

    What a cute idea! I love this!

  • fitzkissa 30 Mar, 2009

    I love this craft! I cannot have chocolate because of an allergy, but this will allow me to enjoy memories from my childhood. Thanks!

  • MontyDane 30 Mar, 2009

    I love this segment...Nathan brings out the humorous side of Martha. Besides being smart, she can sometimes just crack me up! You go girl!

  • winterbeach 30 Mar, 2009

    Missing the point, no. The bunnies for sale at Winners and Home Sense are made in China so that is enough of a deterent to not buy them. Yet, I agree. A lot of work for a fake bunny. Sad copy of an already well perfected "craft". Not up to my MSL standards. I'd rather watch paint dry

  • Since1982 30 Mar, 2009

    DotK, I think you're missing the point: making your own bunnies is fun!

  • Since1982 30 Mar, 2009

    DotK, I think you're missing the point: making your own is fun!

  • lbuser 30 Mar, 2009

    To help release the wood putty, spray with Pam. This also works with candle wax. If you mix the wood putty just a little bit thicker you won't have such an issue with it leaking out. Also, you CAN use wax with the same mold but you have to use the tiny binder clips, and a lot of them, to keep the wax from leaking out - I put the mold into a bucket of water while I pour to help solidify the wax quickly. Although, candle molds work better than candy molds. Then set into a bucket of sand.

  • DotK 30 Mar, 2009

    You can get resin/plastic "chocolate" bunnies already made at A. C. Moore. They look exactly like a chocolate bunny....just no calories! You can use a 40% off coupon and it's a lot less work than Martha's way.

  • BarbsFolly 30 Mar, 2009

    I'm wondering if anyone has an idea for creating chocolate candles? Years ago I purchased some and with todays candle making supplies surely its possible.
    Any suggestions?

  • bsymomof4 30 Mar, 2009

    I'm wondering about using model magic to make the bunnies. That way it wouldn't run out of the molds and it would be safe for my kids to do. Think I will try it. :-)

  • catstorm 30 Mar, 2009

    There is an easier way to make fake candy looking bunnies. Check out local thrit stores, flea markets, garage sales, rummages saled and those dollar stores. Look for ceramic shaped bunnies(you might to look out for the items early on if you go to places other than a seasonal store). The gets some chocolate brown paint. Paint the bunny. If you makes sure the bunny you buy is of late color will only take one coat of brown.

  • Choosana 26 Mar, 2009

    I think cutting edge off mold helps binder clips keep putty from pouring out. I had awful time, maybe my clips too small. Began to hate myself and Martha for showing this as looking so easy, it was not easy and not nearly as neat as shown on video for me. Used some of my hubby's wood vise grips, still messy. Next time I will buy them already made from China with love...:)

  • Choosana 26 Mar, 2009

    I think cutting edge off mold helps binder clips keep putty from pouring out. I had awful time, maybe my clips too small. Began to hate myself and Martha for showing this as looking so easy, it was not easy and not nearly as neat as shown on video for me. Used some of my hubby's wood vise grips, still messy. Next time I will buy them already made from China with love...:)

  • Charleygirl55 22 Mar, 2008

    Here is from Durham's website: Durham's conforms to ASTM D-4236 so it is safe for children when used appropriately under adult supervision. However, you will want to use the product in a well ventilated area. Proper eye protection should be worn. NIOSH approved dust respirator may be required when using. Avoid ingestion.

  • seHotMama 21 Mar, 2008

    The water putty is a Health Hazard, I bought this stuff before and didn't use it because you have to use in a well ventilated area and a NIOSH approved DUST RESPIRATOR and eye protection. Nothing Martha mentioned to the public, she didn't wear any of the above mentioned items to protect herself or Nathan.

  • hobie117 20 Mar, 2008

    I tried this project last night and overall it turned out very nice. Some suggestions....make sure you have enough binder clips or clothespins secured as the putty tends to drip out. I have difficulty standing it upright to dry. I ended up placing it in a bucket with sand.

  • cranberrycrossing 20 Mar, 2008

    Is there any release agent put on the mold to prevent the wood putty from permanetly afffixing iself to the mold? I have both the poycarbonate and antique metal choclate molds and when I have molded figures in them using plaster or paper mache I use Pam or silicone mold release spray. Thanks.