Collecting…Paper Mache Bunnies

Ah, Easter bunnies-I just love them! So sweet and innocent, and I especially love the charm of these vintage paper mache ones, gifted to me from a friend last year.

These rabbits are composed of paper pulp, glue and chalk and were quite common from the 1920s to the 1950s.  Their purpose? Mostly decorative candy containers. Many times, flowers also filled the baskets the rabbits carry when the candy was gone.

The pulp mixture was pressed into a mold, then once the rabbits dried and hardened, they were painted. These paper mache rabbits would come in both pastel and bright colors. From what I’ve found about them, these 8-12 inch bunnies would sell for approximately 25 cents!

I just love their unique features. And, like all things vintage, the distressed areas are a  HUGE part of their charm. Noticing the Easter grass? Vintage too-from my childhood Easter basket! The modern day cello shreds just isn’t quite the same….

Do you have a special Easter collection? We’d love to hear about it!

We hope all of you have a wonderful Easter, and are able to spend it with those you love!

Michelle

 

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2 Responses to Collecting…Paper Mache Bunnies

  1. ConnieM says:

    I thought I had seen it all but not these!! They are lovely!!!

  2. Keri says:

    Love these sweet, delicate little bunnies, as well as the vintage easter grass too!
    One of my favorite vintage Easter items to collect are Edward Mobley animals, like the little lamb in my Easter post from last month…just the perfect vintage-cutesy touch for our holiday decor, the kids & I love them!

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