Bleach Bottle Bunny Basket*
- 1 large-size empty bleach or vinegar bottle, washed out well
(The newer bleach bottles are shorter than they used to be, so adjust pattern
- 2 Chenille sticks of any color (one for whiskers, one to
- Crayons or markers or felt (for eyes, nose, mouth, and ears)
- 1 Cotton ball for tail
- Small-holed paper punch or other device to make a small hole
- Cut off the top of the bottle just below the handle, leaving a
completely round bottom half, approximately 6"-7" high.
- Place pattern for basket around remainder of bottle (the
bottom of the bottle will be the bottom of the basket) and trace outline, making note of
where holes for handle and whiskers will need to be punched. Remove pattern
and carefully cut around the outline.
- Using the leftovers from step 2, cut a strip approx. 12"
x 1" for the handle. Use the handle pattern, if needed, and be sure to note where
holes will need to be punched.
- Carefully punch small holes for the whiskers and handle.
- To make the whiskers, take one chenille stick and cut it in
half. Insert the chenille stick into the whisker holes on either side of the bunny's face.
Give the stick a twist or two to secure it. Cut off any excess and fold down the ends
about a 1/4" to make them less pokey. Repeat for other set of whiskers.
- To attach the handle, take the other chenille stick and cut it
in half. Insert the stick into the handle holes on either side of the basket (from the
outside), then insert them into the corresponding holes in the handle. (Handles should be
on the inside of the basket.) Give the stick a twist or two to secure it. Cut off any
excess, and fold down the ends about 1/4" to make them less pokey. Repeat for other
side of basket.
- To attach the tail, apply a small bit of glue to the back of
the basket and attach a cotton ball. (Fluff out the ball as desired before gluing it on.)
- Using crayons or markers of your choice (or pieces of felt and
glue), draw on the eyes, nose, mouth, and the inside of the ears. Decorate the outside of
the basket as desired.
- Complete the basket by filling with Easter grass, colored
eggs, candy, and/or gifts. Write the child's name on the outside of the basket (under the
head, on the handle, or on the bottom), if desired.
Pattern pieces (2) -- the grid lines are just to show the sizing of
the pattern. Each square is 1" x 1":
* This is a craft that my brother learned in Kindergarten in 1964.
The pattern isn't written in stone, so don't worry if the basket is too shallow, or if the
face drawings aren't exact. Just have fun!
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