Calling all kids! To prepare for the arrival of the Easter bunny, turn colourful plastic plant pots or buckets into fluffy, furry friends to keep you company while you collect your chocolate eggs. With the rope handle and a few adorable additions, you can make a chirpy chick or beaut little bunny. Get crafting!
Easter egg buckets
Gather your supplies:
Makes 1 chick and 1 bunny
- Small plastic plant pots or buckets (2) in orange, and red/pink or white
- Nylon rope (we used blue and pink)
- Googly eyes (4)
You’ll also need
Pencil; leather punch; sticky tape; craft felt or cardboard in yellow, orange, pink and white; scissors; hot glue gun; coloured craft feathers (we used 3); glue stick; pipe-cleaner in white (1); plastic button; small round sticky dots in white; cottonwool ball or polyfill; crepe- or tissue-paper
Note If you prefer, you can prime and paint a plastic plant pot with a self-priming spray paint in a colour of your choice. You can get the lot from Bunnings!
Make a baby chick basket
Step 1 On orange bucket, use pencil to mark position of holes on each side for rope handle. Make holes using leather punch. For chick tail, mark and punch a hole, lower than previous holes, centred at back of bucket.
Step 2 To make a handle, measure and cut a 50cm length of nylon rope and cover both ends with sticky tape so they don’t fray.
Step 3 From outside of bucket, insert 1 end of rope through 1 hole and tie a knot. Repeat at other end of rope on other side of bucket. Tape down ends of rope to inside of bucket if necessary.
Step 4 Using picture as a guide, mark up feet and beak shapes on corresponding coloured felt or cardboard. You need 2 feet and 1 beak. Cut out shapes with scissors.
Step 5 Use hot glue gun to attach feet to underside of bucket, centred to handle.
Step 6 Glue googly eyes in position. Fold beak in half, then glue back of bottom half to centre of chick face.
Step 7 At back of bucket, insert feathers into pre-punched hole. Angle feathers so they point upward and tape ends to inside of bucket to secure.
How to make a little bunny basket
Step 8 Using your pink or white bucket, repeat Steps 1 to 3, omitting punching
a hole at back of bucket for chick tail in Step 1.
Step 9 Using picture as a guide, mark up bunny ear and feet on corresponding coloured felt or card. You need 2 inner ears, 2 outer ears and 2 feet. Cut out shapes with scissors.
Step 10 Assemble ears with a glue stick, using picture as a guide. Hot glue ears, eyes and feet in position. Let dry.
Step 11 To make a nose and whiskers, thread pipe-cleaner through button so the button sits in centre of pipe-cleaner.
Step 12 Bend pipe-cleaner into thirds on each side of button. Bring inside bends of pipe-cleaner together at back of button and secure with a blob of hot glue. Let dry.
Step 13 Snip pipe-cleaner with scissors so you have 3 even length whiskers each side of button nose.
Step 14 Glue nose in position on face of bucket. Let dry. On both feet, stick 3 small white round dots to make toes.
Step 15 For teeth, cut a 2 x 1.5cm piece of white or pink card. Snip a narrow triangle from narrow side. Glue in position under button nose.
Step 16 For a cute bunny tail, hot glue a cottonwool ball or a hand-rolled piece of polyfill to back of bucket. Place crepe- or tissue-paper inside each bucket ready for the egg hunt!