Y’all, I’ll be the first to admit that Easter is looking quite different this year. Usually by this time of the year I’m stocked up on disposable eggs, up to my elbows in cooking Easter treats and have everyone’s outfit washed, pressed and ready to wear. This year though, things are different. The world is weird. We’ll all in our homes riding out this wave of sickness that’s sweeping across the US. There are no Easter outfits. Egg hunts are cancelled. And I’ll be honest, this past weekend was the first time that I even thought about doing some Easter crafting. But when my youngest came to me and asked what type of bunny craft we were making this year (we always make a bunny craft) I knew that I couldn’t let him down. Since going to the craft store was out (we’re in an area where only essential stores are open and as much as I might disagree, crafting is not considered essential), I had to come up with a fun way to make a bunny craft using only items we had in our home. With an empty snack container, a little paint and a few odds and ends, we were able to create this adorable upcycled container bunny craft that helped us get in the Easter spirit. I encourage you to grab the kiddos (they are out of school and probably needing some crafting fun after all), raid your pantry and craft cabinet and make this Upcycled Container Easter Bunny with us.
The basics needed for this craft are pretty simple and things that most people already have in their home. Here’s what you should start gathering:
- Empty plastic container (size and shape don’t matter; anything can work!)
- White spray paint
- 2 pieces of cardboard
- Pink craft foam (or pink paint)
- 3 black pipe cleaners
- Medium size pink fuzzy ball
- White and black construction paper
- Cotton Balls
- Hot glue and hot glue gun (or regular glue if preferred)
Let me say this again…..this craft can use substitutions and you can make it out of whatever you have in your home. Half of the fun is watching your child’s eyes light up when they see scraps of this and pieces of that come together in a fun bunny craft. Obviously, my little one loves cheese puffs so we had a huge plastic cheese puff container in our home (thanks Sam’s Club!). After washing it out and removing the label, this was our base for our Upcycled Container Bunny Craft.
Once our container was dry, we simply used white spray paint to cover the outside of the container as well as the plastic lid. It took about three coats to really transform the container from transparent to white. While our spray paint was drying, we drew some bunny ears on our pieces of cardboard (remember to save those boxes that arrive at your home for craft time!) and cut them out. Then we painted them white as well.
While everything was drying, we ramsacked the craft cabinet to fine the pieces that we needed to turn this everyday container into the perfect bunny craft. Again, you can get creative here! Don’t have craft foam? Use paint or makers. Don’t have pipe cleaners? Maybe you have floral wire or even long strips of cardboard and some black paint on hand. Once our white container was dry. We started putting together the pieces to really transform this old container into the perfect upcycled container bunny craft. We started by cutting out pieces of pink craft foam and gluing them to the inner part of our painted white cardboard bunny ears.
Next, we bent our pipe cleaners and added one bent pipe cleaner to each side of the bunny face and then placed a long one across the center.
After gluing on our bunny nose, we cut out white ovals and small black circles and glued them on for eyes (googly eyes would work well for this step in you have them on hand).
Finally, we grabbed a hand full of cotton balls, pulled them apart and glued them onto the back on the container for a tail.
Once our Upcycled Container Bunny Craft was done, my son declared it perfection. And do you know what? It is! Because here’s the thing about this crazy time in our world. We may have lots of uncertainty. Our plans may not look anything like we thought they would. But through it all, we can still find ways to connect and celebrate and find joy. For us, that’s what Easter is about anyway!
Whether you make your own version of this Upcycled Container Bunny Craft or come up with something else (maybe a duck or a painted egg), I encourage you to spend time together, do the things you love (like crafting) and find a way to make Easter special even if it’s different this year.