Make an Easter Bunny Basket

All it Takes is a Shoebox!

Easter bunny
This project is one most of us did in elementary school, but just because it's an "oldie" doesn't mean it's not a "goodie!"

Making an Easter basket out of a shoe box is super simple and is always completely darling. Plus, you have the added benefit of using up something that may have ended up in a landfill. Here's what you'll need in terms of supplies:
  • A shoe box
  • A couple bags of cotton balls
  • Craft felt: one sheet each of white, pink and black
  • Craft glue (Elmer's is fine) or a hot glue gun
  • 3 black pipe cleaners
  • 2 wooden popsicle sticks
  • Large white or pink pom pom

Step One: Cover the Box

Your goal is to cover the entire outside of the box with cotton balls. You can put glue on them individually as you attach or smother the entire box in glue and just roll it around on the cotton. Make sure no cardboard shows.

Step Two: Make the "Ears"

Your next step will be to make the bunny's ears. Using a pencil, draw the shape of one of the ears on the white felt. Now fold it in half and cut two ears out at once. Using this method they'll be the same size. Or, draw an ear on cardboard, cut it out and use it to trace the shape of the ears on the felt. Now do the same thing, about a quarter inch smaller in the pink (this will be the inside of the ears). Glue the pink on the white, centering it on the ear. Lastly, glue a popsicle stick on the back of each ears, making sure it's towards the bottom portion of the ear. Allow to dry fully.

Step Three: Make the "Face"

While you have the pink felt out, cut a small triangle for the nose. Cut black circles for eyes (or use googly eyes instead). Grab two of your black pipe cleaners and cut them each in half and set aside.

Turn the box so you're working on one of the ends, this will be the bunny's face. Attach the eyes and nose onto the cotton balls with glue. The pink triangle should be placed upside down so it resembles a rabbit's nose. Using the pipe cleaners you cut in half, glue them on either side so they look like whiskers.

Now, take your ears with the dried popsicle sticks and glue them on the inside of the box, facing out. They should pop up above the face you just made.

Step Four: Add a Tail

Take the white or pink pom pom and add a generous amount of glue, mount it to the other short end of the box for a tail.

Step Five: Attach a Card

Be sure to add your own "signature" by attaching a sweet gift tag or even a custom made Easter card to your flower pot. We have many adorable designs to choose from -- just change the copy, print on card stock and punch a hole in the corner to attach it to your Easter Bunny basket.

Step Six: Fill it Up!

If you're planning to use this bunny basket as an Easter basket for your children, fill it with plastic or paper grass and add your goodies. Here are two more uses: You can also just fill it with candy and set it out as a decoration on your coffee table or desk at work or send it to school for your child to use for all the fun Easter cards and goodies they'll get at the class party.

Written by: Melanie Henson