Children delight in the tradition of an Easter Egg hunt--trotting around the yard, filling a lovely basket with Easter eggs. This year, consider making a basket to hold all of the eggs and candy, instead of buying one. Create Easter bunny baskets from recycled milk jugs. The baskets are sturdy and sure to please children on Easter morning. Save empty jugs until your stash is large enough to craft a bunny basket for every youngster on your Easter list.
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Wash an empty milk jug. Let it dry thoroughly. With a utility knife, cut away the top of the jug. Begin cutting at the top of the milk jug's handle, then cut away a 5- or 6-inch-diameter circle, removing the spout. The result is a plain plastic container, suitable to transform into an Easter bunny basket, complete with its own handle.
Paint the outside of the basket pink, white or tan. When dry, glue a jumbo-size cotton-ball tail, beneath the handle. On the front of the basket, paint black eyes, a dark-pink nose and black whiskers. Cut two, 10-inch-long bunny ear shapes from white or pink craft foam sheets. Glue them to each side of the basket.
If painting is not your thing, apply liquid glue to the outer surface of the basket with a brush. Stick 10-inch-long craft-foam bunny-ears on both sides of the basket. Cut black craft-foam circles for eyes or buy plastic "wiggle eyes" where craft supplies are sold. Place them on the front of the basket. Cut a dark pink, foam triangle for the bunny's nose. Place white cotton balls all over the rest of the surface of the basket.
Match the colour of Easter grass inside the basket to the colours on the outside. Opt for pink grass to match a pink-painted basket. Use shredded brown paper for a natural effect, inside a tan Easter bunny basket.
Home-baked goodies are the perfect addition to a home-made basket. Bake a batch of bunny-shaped cookies, frost them to complement the basket's colours and wrap them in pastel cellophane.
Since the Easter bunny basket is made from a milk jug, tuck milk-chocolate eggs and milk-chocolate bunny-shaped candies inside. Check store shelves for small plastic drinking cups emblazoned with Easter art. Fill a cup with chocolate eggs, wrap it in cellophane and tie it closed with a ribbon. Youngsters will have a new milk cup to drink from when the candy is gone.
Since the cut opening of the basket may scrape little hands as they reach in and out, apply a length of electrical tape around it to eliminate the possibility. Hardware stores carry electrical tape in various colours. Choose a colour that complements your basket.
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