How to Make 3D Easter Chalkboard Art

If you are looking for Easter chalkboard ideas you may like how you can use a free bunny printable to make an Easter Bunny look 3-dimensional on a chalkboard for your Easter decor.

Happy Easter Chalkboard Art in 3D

To decorate my dining room for the springtime holiday of Easter I created an Easter chalkboard in a non-traditional way. Instead of by creating the bunny popping out of a spring green wreath with a Happy Easter greeting written with white chalk.

Spring decorating idea. Easter Chalkboard Rabbit in Wreath

My original plan for this spring chalkboard art was to draw a bunny rabbit face on the chalkboard in the center of the wreath. When I did so, it looked too small.

When I started thinking of a new plan for the festive chalkboard, a synapse fired and the idea of making a 3D rabbit came to me.  A bunny rabbit drawn with chalk on black card stock so he would look like he was still part of the chalkboard, but also look like he is about to hop out of the wreath.

How to Make 3D Chalkboard Art Using an Easter Bunny Sketch

This DIY chalkboard tutorial covers both how to make the 3-dimensional aspect of the chalkboard along with how to write the words Happy Easter in a decorative font.

supplies needed:

  • chalkboard and frame or create a chalkboard wall
  • rabbit sketch or photo
  • 8-1/2″ x 11 piece of black card stock – buy in the scrapbook aisle at a craft store or use black chalkboard paint on a piece of card stock.
  • white chalk
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • rag
  • Q-tip
  • Optional: ribbon for bow tie and a hot glue gun/glue stick
Online bunny images on a Dell Venue 8 tablet
  1. I used my tablet to find an image of a rabbit to use on my chalkboard. Google and Pinterest have many free printable rabbit images for you to use. There are many to choose from.
Coloring Book Art

Another good place to find rabbit or Easter bunny images to trace for chalkboard art are children’s books, especially coloring books. They have large simple black and white line drawings that are perfect for transferring to a chalkboard. The Dollar Store is a great resource for these coloring books.

The rabbit in this image had the perspective of a rabbit that I was looking for with his front paws out in front so he could sit inside the wreath. I liked it, but I was looking for a more sophisticated sketch of a rabbit.

Chalkboard Drawing tutorial showing how to transfer a drawn image to a chalkboard

I found this rabbit.  Credit goes to the artist, Halpenske. That was all the info I could find about the artist and that they traced this image from a photograph. I enlarged the image and printed it using my computer printer.

I didn’t want to copy every part of the image, I only wanted to use it as a guide. I wanted less detail in the rabbit and drew over the printed image to simplify it a little. I darkened and added shading to the areas I wanted to use and made the two front legs longer so I would be able to sit the rabbit in the wreath.

How to Transfer the Bunny Drawing to a Chalkboard

How to season a chalkboard
  1. Season a piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ black card stock with white chalk.  This makes the paper look more like a real chalkboard.  Simply rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire piece of paper, then blur it by rubbing over with a soft dry cloth.
How to transfer a drawn image or design to a chalkboard

2. To transfer the image to the black card stock, turn the image face down and rub the back of the paper the image is on with chalk. Use the side of the chalk to make large broad strokes. Go over the paper a few times to make sure you get enough chalk on it.

rabbit sketch for transferring to a chalkboard

3. Flip the drawing over and lay it on the black card stock. Draw over the image with a pencil. Press hard as you draw over the lines, but not too hard as you don’t want to make an impression in the paper.

Tutorial showing how to transfer an drawn image on paper to a chalkboard

4. Once you have drawn over all the lines, turn the paper over to reveal the transferred image.

Chalkboard rabbit

5. Cut out with a pair of scissors. Cut along the inside line of each leg a few inches so that once the rabbit is in the wreath you can bring the legs out to the front.

3D Chalkboard bunny sketch with a ribbon bow

6. Every bunny needs a little Easter finery on Easter.  Tie an 8″ piece of ribbon into a bow and hot glued it under the bunny’s face.

Happy Easter Art for Chalkboards
Happy Easter Chalkboard

7. Place the bunny into the wreath and pull his front legs out and over the front of the wreath so he looks like he is about to hop out.

How to Write the Words Happy and Easter

I hand sketched the Happy Easter lettering simply by line drawing a basic letter and then adding a downstroke of chalk to each letter.

basic hand lettering idea for chalkboards

I then filled in the areas between the downstrokes to create the thick letters.

To learn more on how to do this type of chalkboard lettering, check out this post I wrote on hand lettering.

Other Chalkboard Lettering Ideas:

  • As a lettering option, you can simply free hand your lettering in your own handwriting.
  • Using your computer, download one or more decorative fonts you like. Create a document using your word processor using the font to create the words you want to use on your chalkboard. Enlarge the words as large as you can and print. Then trace onto the chalkboard.

If you would like to know more chalkboard ideas, I have a few posts where I share more chalkboard art tips:

If you like to add more Easter home decor inspiration for around your house, here are some Easter Table Setting Ideas you may like.

Easter Chalkboard art idea using a 3D wreath as part of the design.
Easter bunny napkin on plate

These bunny napkin rings can be made in minutes.

More Fun Easter Ideas

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  1. Lovely ideas! I’ll keep it for next Easter! :)

  2. Felt Ball Rug says:

    Talk about designs that pop! This idea is so creative and cute. I’m sure it made for a wonderful Easter accent :)

  3. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh gosh, I read too late. I adore this bunny wreath so much…….. and although my pc is dying…… I can still copy the bunny image and do it next year. I still have the parts for the cute bunny wreath using the plastic clothes hanger for it’s ears….. I so loved that one and used it at least two, okay, maybe 3 years. And plan to revive it again, yep. And your bunny place cards. I love those more than I can say., they are forever keepsakes to me.

    I plan to make the chalkboard bunny inside to the outside wreath with black posterboard…. have not yet…… I am more than a tadge behind the season and all such.

  4. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    OMGosh! I love this idea. I have not seen an idea for a 3D chalkboard art rendition. Great idea and post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Stephanie – Thanks so much. Ed uses the dining room as his office and told me this morning that he thinks I need to keep the bunny in the wreath, even though Easter is over. He likes it. It will be hard when I need to take him down to update the board for summer.

      1. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

        :) I’m with Ed. I’d keep it up longer. Its just so cute.

  5. Diane, you should be a school teacher. You’d be the best. Your directions are explicit and so easy to follow. I also love your tips and the suggestions you publish at the end of articles that offer more learning material. Happy Easter to you and yours.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thank you so much Kay. It means so much to me to know that what I write about and how I write it inspires you. I did do some teaching back in the early 90’s. I enjoyed it, but then we moved and there wasn’t another opportunity to do it. I am so happy that blogging came along. It is the best job I have ever had. XO

  6. Oh how sweet ~ this little bunny is SO creative and cute! I love your tutorials – they are easy to understand and follow; it always helps me feel like I can do the project. Happy Easter!

  7. Your Chalkboard turned out amazing….♥

  8. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh what a cute chalkboard Diane! Love that 3D bunny popping through the wreath. Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Sharon – A very happy Easter to you, too.

  9. Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters says:

    This is such a creative idea! I love the 3D chalkboard look! Happy Easter.

  10. Beverly Hayes says:

    Did you spray the cardstock to keep the chalk from smudging? Such a cute idea!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Beverly – I didn’t have spray fixative (buy at craft store) or hair spray (prevents chalk from smearing) on hand, but it would be a good thing to do if you plan to keep the bunny for a long time. Happy Easter

  11. Jeanmarie says:

    This is super cute. You are so creative. I look forward to your posts…they are very inspiring! Happy Easter!