by Brenda Arnold
Easter Bunny Basket:
Collect and stash your Easter loot in this colorful, long-eared basket.
* Scissors or craft knife
* Half-gallon milk or juice carton
* Pastel construction paper
* Glue or double-sided tape
* Hole punch
* Pipe cleaners
* Googly eyes
With scissors or a craft knife (adults only), remove one panel of the carton (on the same side as the open spout) and save it to make the handle. Staple the open spout closed.
Cover the sides of the carton with one color of construction paper, using glue or double-sided tape to affix. Trim to fit.
Punch a hole in the center of the the spout ridge and insert pipe cleaners for whiskers. Glue on a pair of large googly eyes.
For ears, cut out large paper ear shapes from the same color you used to cover the carton. Cut pink shapes a size smaller and glue them in place in the middle of the ears. Staple the ears to the top of the bunny base so they stand up.
For a handle, trim the cut carton side, cover it with paper, and staple it to the basket.
Nature Easter Basket: Perfect for nature-loving children, this sweet, grassy basket celebrates spring as well as Easter.
* Shallow basket with a wide mouth
* Clear vinyl saucer
* Potting soil
* Ryegrass seed
* Undyed hard-boiled eggs
* Bunny cookies
* Animal figurines
* Chocolate eggs
* Brown paper bag
Fill a clear vinyl saucer with potting soil, sprinkle on a layer of ryegrass seed, cover with a very thin layer of soil, and spritz with water. Keep in a sunny window and spritz daily. It will take 10 days for the grass to reach a few inches high. Place the saucer into the basket. Top the grass with undyed hard-boiled eggs, bunny cookies, animal figurines, and chocolate bunnies. Create a tag for your basket by cutting out a leaf shape from a brown paper bag. Tie it on with a raffia bow.
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