faux chocolate Easter bunnies tablescape – Target dollar spot hack

Today I am sharing a fun and whimsical tablescape for Easter. The stars of the show are the faux chocolate Easter bunnies. I will show you how by transforming some bunnies from the Target dollar bins you can also create this super fun tablescape.

I can’t take the credit for such a genius idea since I got the inspiration for faux chocolate Easter bunnies years ago from Edith and Evalyn. Cindy used thrifted ceramic bunnies to create her beautiful faux chocolate bunny centerpiece. Immediately I set out on a mission to thrift for bunnies but alas I never ran across any.

Then one day while shopping at Target I spied these ceramic bunnies in the dollar spot area. The bunnies at each place setting with the little baskets came as a set of two with one standing and one sitting bunny. I also bought the bunny box and the salt and pepper shakers to add to the centerpiece design.

DIY instructions for faux chocolate Easter bunnies

All the bunnies from Target were white ceramic. I simply sprayed them with one coat of Rustoleum Espresso spray paint in the Satin finish. I also bought Rustoleum Kona spray paint in the Glossy finish since I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Since I prefer matte finishes in general, I started with the Satin first and it was the perfect finish.

I laid all the ceramic figurines on their sides on a paint tarp and sprayed them liberally at about a distance of 6 inches. When the first side was totally dry, I turned them on the other side and repeated the process. One coat was sufficient and I only had to touch up spray a couple of spots I missed. It’s an extremely easy DIY. If you use more colorful bunnies you might have to spray another coat of paint.

I also owned a couple of faux chocolate Easter bunnies from previous years. I think I bought them either at Home Goods or Marshalls. They have the colorful flowers and Easter eggs in the centerpiece, which I laid on my moss runner and embellished with more moss for texture and interest.

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Centerpiece design for faux chocolate Easter bunnies tablescape

  • ⚜️Sheet Moss runner
  • ⚜️Store bought faux chocolate Easter bunnies {with colorful detail}
  • ⚜️DIY faux chocolate Easter bunnies
  • ⚜️Assorted brown thrifted transfer-ware pieces
  • ⚜️Glass gold leaf votive holders
  • ⚜️Assorted reindeer, Spanish, etc. moss accents
  • ⚜️Faux greenery swag
  • ⚜️White roses and baby’s breath natural florals

The centerpiece is grounded by the sheet moss runner I created years ago. You can read all the details on how I created the runner here {eye-catching ways to add moss to your tabletop}. I layered the sheet moss runner with the faux chocolate bunnies and brown transfer ware pieces which is all accented with assorted Spanish and reindeer mosses.

When I envisioned this tablescape design I hadn’t anticipated using the brown transfer ware, but as I pulled out my china I spied some of the brown transfer ware pieces in the cabinet and I thought they would play nice with the chocolate bunnies. I was right. I love how they compliment each other.

The florals are actually left over from an arrangement that my daughter, aka Miss M, aka Lexi, brought home as a surprise for me last week. It’s not my birthday or Mother’s Day or anything like that, she just brought them home… just because. I love my baby girl to pieces and I am going to miss her next year when she’s off at college. You can see how I like to extend the life of my flowers here {stretching grocery store flowers}.

Plate stack design for faux chocolate Easter bunnies tablescape

  • ⚜️Charger {Hobby Lobby cream scalloped with brown accents}
  • ⚜️Dinner plate {Wedding registry Lenox Citation Lace}
  • ⚜️Salad plate {thrifted Limoges}
  • ⚜️White paper doily
  • ⚜️Place setting topper {faux bunnies with candies}

The eclectic plate stack works for the whimsical table design. The faux chocolate bunnies set a playful tone, allowing for a not so fussy table setting. The porcelain china sets a formal tone but the cute faux chocolate bunnies relaxes the formality. The paper doily under the bunnies mimics the lace tablecloth and the lace detail on the dinner plate.

Other details for faux chocolate Easter bunnies tablescape

  • ⚜️Flatware {assorted thrifted silver plate}
  • ⚜️Tablecloth {vintage parent’s inheritance}
  • ⚜️Napkins {Pier1 plaid cotton cloth}
  • ⚜️Glassware {wedding registry Waterford Ballymore Crystal}

The table is playful and whimsical but yet with some refined touches it still holds some sophistication, I believe. I filled the bunny baskets at each place setting with candy to copy the store bought chocolate bunnies incorporated in the centerpiece.

Something I did not think about, until once the table was set and done, was that I do not believe the spray paint is necessarily food safe. Hence I would not recommend eating the candies at each place setting, just in case, which makes the candy just decor. This might be difficult if you have littles at your table so I would use wrapped candies or an Easter egg or something else in the baskets in order to avoid any disappointments.

These faux chocolate bunnies will be fun to have in my Easter stash for years to come. I already have vignette and project ideas planned for next year. I hope this offered some inspiration just like Cindy from Edith and Evalyn inspired me.

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

Charles M. Schulz

sharing @ Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday


  1. Matt says:

    Here comes Peter Cottontail…

  2. These bunnies are adorable and look so real and ready to eat 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Claire. They are pretty cute! 🐰 XO- MJ

  3. What a neat idea to spray-paint the bunnies to look like chocolate bunnies. Your table is beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much Judy. It was a fun table to put together. I have BIG plans for these bunnies next year already! Happy Easter. XO- MJ

  4. NikiLEOwife says:

    This is beautiful Maryjo! I’ll be featuring your post this Sunday on Happiness is Homemade at LifeasaLEOWife.com. Thanks for sharing with us on Crafty Creators too!
    Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

  5. Laurie says:

    Aww…I’m sure some people will be sad that they can’t EAT the bunnies! But they do look quite realistic.

    Thanks for sharing your idea at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!

    Ridge Haven Homestead

  6. Debbee says:

    MaryJo, love it and pinned! I too have a collection of faux chocolate bunnies that I love to incorporate into a centerpiece. Your came out so festive and cute!

    1. Thanks so much Debbee. The faux chocolate bunnies are fun to decorate with. I appreciate the visit. XO- MJ

  7. Ann Burton says:

    Thanks for sharing that idea, and the exact paint to buy. Tried it, loved it, and my Easter Tablescape turned out awesome!

    1. I love this Ann! I am so happy you used it on your Easter tablescape. I would love to see pictures if you would like to share. XO- MJ

  8. Jennifer says:

    I really need to do this! This is so, so cute! Visiting from Dare to Share link party. Pinning!

    1. I’m so glad you liked Jennifer. I hope you do it. XO- MJ

  9. Laurie says:

    Your bunnies look pretty convincing. Very fun!

    Thank you for sharing this at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop 51.

    1. Thanks so much Laurie. XO- MJ

  10. Cara says:

    Love your tablescape MaryJo! That runner is wonderful and you are right, it adds the perfect amount of whimsy to your table!

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