This bunny is a fun, simple project. You can carve it with just two tools a knife and a V-tool. You will also find plenty of painting ideas in the photo gallery at the end of the article. Find more cool DIYs at our Carving Projects category. Enjoy carving!



  • 2" x 2-1/2" x 6" basswood
  • Detail Knife
  • 1 /8" V-tool
  • Acrylic Paints - colors of choice


1. Front of the block - cut this side first


2. Side of block - cut this side second


3. The side view of the cut block


4. The front view of the cut block


5. Outline the ears and heard area


6. Set the tail and begin arms


7. Define the top and bottom of arms


8. Define the ear and eye areas


9. Round the head, ears, and rear


10. Define the arms, round the face, and set the teeth


11. Define the hands, set the pants, and round the legs


12. Finish detailing the teeth, toes, hands, and ears. The carving is finished


13. Paint as desired. Above and on the following page are some ideas for finished designs

About the author

authorDave started carving Boy Scout neckerchief slides “a lot of" years ago. From that he moved to animals and small figures, but he's always wanted to do small caricatures. About 10 years ago, he started spending more time woodcarving and concentrating on small caricatures.

Dave carves a variety of over 50 different caricatures, from old salts and sea captains to baseball players, golfers, fishermen, Uncle Sams, Santas, painters, bears, bunnies, moose, snowmen, and pumpkin heads.

All are hand carved from basswood. Most come from 2" x 2" or 2" x 2-1/2" blocks. The carvings are painted with acrylics and sealed.

Dave is a member of fhe Nafional Wood Carvers Association, Capitol Carvers, McKenzie Woodcarvers, Coastal Carvers and Western Woodcarvers. He lives in Salem, Oregon, as a retired lumber broker and full-time woodcarver.

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