3D Easter Bunny Craft 🐰 Make an Easter Rabbit from Card!

3D Easter Bunny Craft

Make your own Easter bunny rabbit with this adorable papercraft design.

We’ve had 3D chicks and ducklings and Easter egg decorations… now I have a rabbit to share with you for the ultimate Easter 3D collection!

Look how cute he is with his little nose and smile. These are really lovely cardstock projects to make.

They stand up all by themselves and they have a lovely little jiggle to their head. It wibbles and wobbles around.

If you wanted to, you could leave his tummy section bare and put in some battery powered tea lights or fairy lights or you could even add some little chocolates into his belly for that extra special Easter treat.

Or, if you fancy a real challenge, how about making a tiny miniature version?

Easter bunny craft

He is very very cute at a smaller size, but I will warn you that if you do want to make a mini-bunny, it does get a little tricky to put together in some places.

So if you’re just starting out, bigger is certainly better!

There are a few bits which we will glue together for this design, but the head and body go together without glue using a clever slot-together technique.

That means they can be taken apart and stored flat, ready to get out and build again next year.

Materials supply list

Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.

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This project is suitable for the following types of Cricut machine: Explore Air 2, Explore Air 3, Maker, Maker 3, Venture, Joy Xtra and Joy.

Easter Cricut crafts

Video tutorial

Watch the video below to see how to make this project. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.

Written tutorial (with photos!)

Here’s how to make your very own 3D Easter rabbit using a Cricut machine!

Step 1) Download the cutting file(s) & unzip the downloaded folder

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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.

Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space

Open up Cricut Design Space and start a new Project.

Click “Upload” and then find your unzipped version of the downloaded files for this project.

Select the file called svg-3d-rabbit-craftwithsarah.svg

This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:

Make sure you upload the file which starts svg- in the filename!!

After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”.

Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.

The design will load in 15.75 inches wide and just over 16.5 inches tall. This makes a rabbit which is approximately 7.75 inches tall, but of course you can make it bigger or smaller if you want to.

I will show you how to resize the rabbit later in the tutorial as it’s easier to do once the formatting is complete.

This size will make a rabbit which is big enough to fit a UK size Cadbury Cream Egg in the middle of the tummy.

Step 3) Format the score lines

Some of the pieces of the rabbit have score lines to make it easier to put together.

If you don’t have a scoring stylus or scoring wheel for your Cricut machine (or if you are using the Cricut Joy Xtra), you can delete the score lines.

However, if you do have one, here’s how to format them so that your Cricut knows to score them.

First, click the design and press the “Ungroup” button.

There are lots of different pieces in this project, but a simple way to tell which ones have score lines is to look down the list of layers on the right hand side until you get to one which has got a little arrow on the left.

Within the group you will see two layers; one of which looks like a simple single line. That’s what we will change to a score line.

Click that layer to select it. Make sure you only have that one layer selected.

In the Operations drop down change the layer to a score line.

Click the group that contains the new score line and the layer it will score onto. Press “Attach” to join them together.

Keep scrolling down the layers panel and convert all of the single-lines within groups to score lines and Attach them to their bases.

TIP: If you don’t have a scoring wheel or stylus for your Cricut then click the single-line layer and hit the trash can to delete it instead. It will be a little bit trickier to put together without score lines because you will have to fold it manually in the correct places.

Save your project so that you don’t have to do the formatting again.

Step 4) Resize the design (optional)

If you would like to make the rabbit at a specific size, here is the best way I have found to resize the design.

TIP: If you resize the designs, make sure the padlock icon above the width/height boxes is CLOSED before you resize. If it appears “open”, click it with your mouse to close it.

Go into Shapes and choose a square.

Make the square 7.75 inches tall.

Select the top left body piece and press Arrange > Bring to Front to move it to the top of the layers panel, then position it over your square so that it touches the bottom of the square.

Select the head piece where the ear is sticking up and again, press Arrange > Bring to Front.

Drag this piece onto the square and this time you want the top of the ear touching the top edge of the square.

What we have done here is we’ve moved the pieces of the rabbit to show that it is currently 7.75 inches tall. The head and body will overlap a little bit as when it’s made they “slot” together.

Now we know that this is a 7.75 inch rabbit, we can resize it to any specific size that you want.

Note: The smaller your rabbit, the harder it will be to put together.

Hide the square by clicking the eye in the layers panel.

You may want to move the head and body piece to the side so that they’re not covering anything up.

Press “Select All” and then “Group” so that we can resize all the pieces of the rabbit at the same time.

Turn your square back on by clicking the eye icon in the layers panel.

Resize it to match the height of the rabbit you want to make.

In my example, it is 4.5 inches tall.

Then, resize the entire group of rabbit pieces until the body and head fit the new square.

Delete the square and then the bunny ready to cut.

Step 5) Cut out the project from cardstock

When you’re happy with how the project is looking in Design Space, click “Make” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.

For the rabbit I’m making in this tutorial, I cut it at the original size that the design loaded in at.

To change the paper size, go into the dropdowns over on the left side of the screen and choose the paper size that you want to use. You need to change it for every single colour.

To save space on your cardstock, you can move things around by clicking and dragging. Make sure when you’re moving things about that nothing overlaps because otherwise, it won’t cut out properly.

TIP: New to cutting cardstock with a Cricut? Check out this in-depth tutorial which goes through every step of the process, including tips for getting the best quality cuts from your Cricut.

Step 6) Do the gluing for the project

The rabbit is primarily slotted together without the need for adhesive, however there are some bits that need to be glued to add extra details and colour to the face, feet and tail.

Match up your pieces so that you have the solid pink and then some white to go on top.

We will start with the ears.

Glue the white of the ear to the matching pink layer, making sure you are glueing it the right way round. Do this for both ears.

Move on to the feet and glue the white to the solid pink.

Take the pink oval shape and glue it to the white egg cut out.

You could leave this section open (without the pink) if you want to show an Easter egg or treat inside the tummy of the rabbit.

There are three fluffy tail pieces. Stick them together using a foam square between each one, starting biggest to smallest.

Take the pieces which have the eye cut outs. You want to position them so that the cutouts are closest to the edge.

Start by taking one of the white ovals with a hole cut out and glue one of the blue pieces over the top. Turn it over and check you’re happy with how it looks.

Add some glue to the blue eye layer and add a solid white oval on top.

Glue this to the back of the main eye cut out pieces.

Do exactly the same for the other eye and make sure you’re happy with how they look before the glue dries.

Take the two head pieces which have ears and position them so that the curved ear is laid on top and pointing to the right.

Glue the pink ear pieces into place, then the white pieces that show the little bits of pink through the gaps.

Gather the pieces which make up the nose, mouth and teeth.

Take the curved pink triangle and stick it to the back of the mouth.

Add a foam pad to the back of the whisker/buck teeth piece and stick it on top of the previous piece we were working on.

Glue the next white piece on top of the layers we have been working on to give some dimension out from the teeth.

Add the white triangular piece for the nose using a foam pad.

Finally add a dab of glue to the nose and stick the pink nose layer on top.

Step 7) Assemble the rabbit’s body

Select the following pieces and make sure they are in the order listed below.

Take body pieces 1 & 2. Place piece two into the top of piece one and carefully bring the second piece in so that the two slits at the bottom overlap.

Then you’ll end up with something like this that has four sides on it that can stand up unassisted and it also folds flat.

Hold it flat and slot piece 3 into the top and then into the bottom. Take care not to bend it or add any creases.

Now you should have a six piece shape that is freestanding.

Take the larger two circle cutouts. These are the same design, so it doesn’t matter which one you select first.

Slide one of the circles into the middle of the body and maneuver it so that the slits in the edge of the circle are pushed into the slides in the outer body pieces.

This is quite fiddly and the cardstock is delicate, so be very careful to not tear anything.

Take the second of the larger circles and slot that into the bottom of the body.

Next, we will move on to putting the sides in.

We’ll start with the front section, the tummy of the rabbit.

The tabs on the top and bottom of the piece will slot into the slits at the top and bottom of the circle pieces which are part of the body.

The next two pieces go either side of the tummy. These are the bases for the arms.

Fold out along the score line and gently fluff up the edges. Do this for both pieces.

The arms will be glued on using the tab on the fluffy piece.

Add some glue to the tab and place the white solid arm on top. Do this for both arm pieces.

We’ll add the hands when this is dry.

Whilst they are drying, we will move on to the next part of the body.

Leave a gap either side of the tummy for the arm pieces. There will be three remaining gaps.

The very back gap is for this piece:

Use a foam square to attach the tail, then slot the side panel into the bunny’s body.

Put the two fluffy side panels either side of the tail.

Now we can move back to the arm pieces as the glue should have dried.

Bend the arm outwards and stick the solid pink paw layer on top using a foam square. Then glue the white paw layer on top. Do this for both arms.

Slot them into the body.

Take the leg pieces and fold along the score line like this. Make sure the feet are positioned correctly for the left and right side.

Add a foam square to the back (you may want to use two on top of each other).

Also, add a small foam square to the foot and stick the foot on.

This piece will then tuck in just under the fluff on the arm piece.

Do the same for the other side.

Now the body of the rabbit is finished.

Step 8) Assemble the rabbit’s head

Take your head pieces. These will slot together in a similar way to the body.

Slot the head pieces together first, in this order:

They will slot together in the same way as the body but it may be easier to slot the bottom in first rather than the top.

Slot the third piece in whilst holding pieces 1 & 2 flat. Note the two cut outs down the side of the third piece, this is where we will attach the nose so it needs to go in between the two ear pieces.

Next, put the top and bottom circular pieces into place in exactly the same way that we did the body.

Take the four fluffy pieces for the head, fluff them up and slot them into the head, leaving the two front slots for the eyes which we will do in a minute.

Take the eye pieces and slot them in (make sure they are the right way around).

Take this white piece which will be for his nose.

Fold downwards along the score lines and slot it into the face.

You may want to add a bit of glue to make it more secure.

Add some glue and stick the nose and tooth piece on top and allow it to dry.

Once dry, add the head to the body by slotting the star shape on top of the body into the slots on the bottom of the head.

It will take some wiggling before the head is secure on top of the body.

The head will wobble a little bit from side-to-side when you shake it but it shouldn’t fall off once it’s on correctly.

Now your Easter bunny is complete! And isn’t it sooo cute?

You can change the colours if you’d like. Here’s one I experimented with:

You can also make a tiny version!

This rabbit is 4.5 inches tall. I put it next to a Cricut cutie to give a better idea of the size.

3D bunny rabbit for Easter

I hope you enjoy making these little Easter rabbits.

Slot together Easter rabbit

This is the third 3D Easter animal I have released, there is also a chick and duckling.

If you have any other suggestions for slot-together designs to create for any other season then please do let me know, as they’re so much fun to make. I’d love to have a few more for the collection.

Happy crafting,
Sarah x