How to make a crocheted bunny basket out of a plastic one-gallon milk container

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How to make a crocheted bunny basket out of a plastic one-gallon milk container
Any colour of yarn can be used to make bunny baskets. (wooden bowl of yarn image by Jeanne Hatch from Fotolia.com)

Recycle plastic milk containers into bunny baskets children will enjoy. If there are no children in your household, a crocheted bunny basket can be used to serve Easter delights to guests. Fill one with goodies and place it on your desk at work or on a counter in the lobby of a business environment. Enhance the basket with bows, decorations and a gift tag if it's being made for someone special.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • One skein of yarn
  • Crochet hook, size G
  • Plastic one-gallon milk container
  • Satin ribbon, 24 inches
  • Yarn needle
  • White felt
  • Pink felt
  • Glue-on eyes and nose
  • Easter grass

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the milk container exactly four inches from the bottom. Keep the bottom and discard the rest of the container.

  2. 2

    Crochet a chain of six chain stitches. Connect the ends together with a slip stitch to form a circle.

  3. 3

    Work a single crochet stitch in the top half of each chain stitch. Continue around the circle until you're back at the beginning point. Continue working rounds of single crochet stitches until you have a 5 1/2-inch circle.

  4. 4

    Start the next row by working two single crochets in a chain stitch, chaining one and putting two single crochets in the next single crochet stitch.

  5. 5

    Work a single crochet in each single crochet stitch of the last round to create the next row. Continue working single crochet stitches around the circle until you have an additional four inches around the bottom. It may seem large but you will be gathering it at the top and weaving ribbon into the top edge.

  6. 6

    Work three double crochets in the first single crochet of the last row. Chain one and then create three more doubles in the next single crochet stitch. Continue this pattern around the entire circle.

  7. 7

    Weave the strip of satin ribbon in and out of the last row of stitches. Place the plastic milk container in the centre of the crocheted circle. Bring the sides up around the tub and pull the ribbon ends to gather the crocheted section so it fits snugly around the plastic tub. Tie the ribbon in a double knot and then in a bow.

  8. 8

    Create a chain stitch strip that is 20 inches long. Work two rows of single crochet stitches on each side of the strip. Tie off both ends securely. This is the basket handle. Use short pieces of yarn and a yarn needle to attach the ends of the handle to each side of the basket. Attach it through the plastic by punching small holes with the needle.

  9. 9

    Attach a large white pom-pom to one side of the basket to make the bunny's tail. Cut elongated ovals from the white felt to form the ears. Cut smaller ovals of pink felt and glue them in the centre of the white ears. Glue the ears to the top edge of the basket opposite the tail side. Glue on plastic eyes and a button nose to create the bunny's face.

  10. 10

    Tie off any loose ends of yarn on the inside bottom of the basket and place Easter grass in the basket.

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