How to make an Easter basket out of a gallon milk jug

Recycle milk jugs into a low-cost and earth-friendly Easter basket. The readily available plastic jugs are durable and waterproof, making them suitable for an Easter egg hunt regardless of the weather. Children can decorate their own baskets, but adults should do the cutting of the plastic. Eggs and other goodies are less likely to fall out of milk jug baskets, as the high sides keep the contents in place.

Combine one part bleach with nine parts water. Rinse out the milk jug with the bleach solution then allow it to air-dry completely.

Cut the top of the milk jug with a utility knife. Cut above the handle on the jug, so the handle remains attached. Expand the size of the opening on the side opposite the handle, until the opening is the desired size.

Cut two oval ear shapes out of the white felt. Make each ear 12.5 cm to 17.5 cm (5 inches to 7 inches) long. Cut out two ear shapes from the pink felt. The pink ears should be 2.5 cm (1 inch) smaller than the white ears.

Glue each pink felt ear in the centre of each white felt ear to complete two ears. Glue the ears to the milk jug near the edge of the opening on the side opposite the jug handle.

Paint the eyes, nose and mouth onto the milk jug beneath the ears so the jug resembles the head of a rabbit. Glue three white pipe cleaners on either side of the nose to create the whiskers.


Fill the basket with Easter grass and goodies through the opening on top. Carry the basket around by the jug handle.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • 4.5 litre (1 gallon) size milk jug
  • Utility knife
  • White felt
  • Pink felt
  • Hot glue
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Pipe cleaners
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