Here in Georgia, spring is my favorite season. It’s amazing to watch the Earth wake up after it’s winter slumber. It also gets me in the mood for Easter. We prefer to make our own Easter baskets rather than buy store-bought baskets filled with who knows what. This year, however, I also wanted to make smaller scale baskets that could work as gifts for my daughter’s teacher and a few of her friends. These tiny baskets are easy to make and can hold just enough goodies to make someone feel special. Plus, it’s a great project to do with the kids.
What you’ll need:
- Paint brushes
- Pipe cleaners (also known as Fuzzy Sticks)
- Mini wooden craft sticks
- Paper cup
- Craft glue or glue gun
- Googly eyes
This project took my daughter and I about 20 minutes to complete one day after school. First, measure a single craft stick against the side of your cup. There’s a good chance the cup will be taller, so simply use the scissors to cut off the excess.
Next, you want to create a handle for the basket. Coil the middle of a pipe cleaner around a finger a couple of times, being sure to leave a fairly equal amount on each end.
Use the point of the scissors to make a hole on either side of the cup, near the top. Push the end of the coiled pipe cleaner through the hold, and bend or knot it to secure it. Do the same on the other side.
Now, you can start attaching the craft sticks to the paper cup. I just used my hot glue gun, but I’m sure that craft glue would work just as well. Be careful about lining up the craft sticks, because it’s really easy to start getting crooked as you move around the cup.
Once the glue is dry, paint the craft sticks and any part of the cup that is showing through. For a more finished look, also paint the inside of the craft sticks that is showing past the top of the cup.
While the paint is drying, you can make your bunny ears. Fold a single pipe cleaner in half, and cut it in the center. Fold each piece in half again to make ear shape.
Wrap the very ends of the ears to the handle to attach them.
Once the paint is fully dry, glue two googly eyes to the front of the basket. I also added a bowtie under the Googly eyes to complete the look, but you can dress up your bunny however you’d like.
Fill your basket with goodies, and you’re done!
This would make a simple, but cute present for a teacher or loved one, and you can personalize each bunny for the recipient.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for my time and effort in sharing this craft project with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.