How to Make a Googly Eyed Easter Bunny Basket
Easter is going to be here before you know it, just 2 and a half weeks from now to be exact! We’ll all be out in our yard hunting eggs, waving to each other from afar with our masks on. This Easter will certainly be like no other in my life. To be totally fair, I have not been to church in a long time, but I remember as a child getting dressed in my pastel easter dress, white patent leather shoes and heading to the Easter service with my family. This year, things will be different but we are all going to make the best of the situation. Today several bloggers and I are sharing Easter basket ideas to inspire you. You can find all of the links to their projects at the bottom of this post. Some are sharing fillers, some are sharing the actual basket. I decided to work mostly with what I had and created a fun and silly Easter basket for Wilder, who will be two weeks shy of two years old at the time he receives this. I am not typically one for goofy googly eyed crafts, and even Chris called this one cheesy, but I felt like we could all use a little silliness and cheesiness in our lives right now when everything feels so heavy. (A note about affiliate links: I carefully select useful and budget friendly pieces for my home and am excited to share those with you through these links. I do earn a small commission made through qualifying purchases, and appreciate that support as it helps me continue to run my blog! I am also an Amazon affiliate.)
To be perfectly honest, a couple of weeks ago I had no idea what I was going to make and was considering just dropping out of this hop. I wasn’t inspired and I felt a little overwhelmed. Then our world came to a weirdly abrupt halt, and I happened upon these googly eyed planters from Urban Outfitters that seemed so stupidly silly but also made me smile. Googly eyes are so nostalgic for me. I loved crafting as a child and fondly recall loads of projects I would glue these little eyes on. Wilder even came home one day from school with a googly eyed project he made! Stupidly silly, maybe so, but do they make me feel happy? 100%. Today I am going to show you how to make these silly rabbits for your loved ones at Easter.
Because I didn’t want to spend much money and use mostly what I had on hand, I worked with felt, yarn, and a basket I already had here. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was huge googly eyes, but I found these 3″ ones on Amazon. I wanted to get super large eyes because I felt they’d be a little safer for a little one in case they came unglued.
- If your eyes are adhesive, you can stick them right onto your basket. My eyes were adhesive but because they were so large, they were popping off a little. I ended up adding hot glue to the back of each eye and then placing it on the basket. You want to place them on the top half of the belly basket, above the middle ridge where they traditionally collapse. (With the eyes on, you may not be able to collapse the basket).Once you glue it, make sure to hold in place firmly while the glue cools.
- After your eyes are glued in place, create your bunny ears. Fold your felt piece (mine was 12″ x 18″) in half length wise, and draw the outline of an ear. You can make your ears as big or as small as you wanted. I was going for a lop-eared look, so I went long. If you use a marker, cut on the inside of the marker line so that the black doesn’t stay on the ear. You could also use chalk if you prefer.
- Place glue along the bottom of your first ear.
- Glue your ears in place along the inside rim of the basket so that they flop over the front. Hold in place while the glue dries. Tip: If you glue too far to the side, your bunny will look more like a puppy. Glue them so that they’re slightly in front and over the eye when they drop. Below you can see that mine are placed just slightly towards the front of the basket.
- After everything is glued in place, unplug the glue gun. ( I often forgets, so I figured I’d add that as a step. 😉 )
- Use your pom pom maker and yard to create a small pom pom. When you tie off the pom pom, leave your two strands from tying long.
- String the two ends through the gaps of the woven basket around the point where you want the nose. Make sure the two strands are woven through different holes so that you can tie them tightly together on the inside of the basket, thus securing them to it. Below you can see where mine are inserted about 1/2″ apart from one another, close enough to be hidden behind the pom pom, but far enough to tie securely in place.
- After that, you are done! You can enjoy your silly Easter bunny and fill it as you choose.
I honestly have no idea what we will be filling Wilder’s basket with this year!
If you have any ideas on what to put in the basket of an almost 2 year old, I would love to hear them! So far I am thinking of filling it with bubbles, a little candy, and maybe some new bath toys since we don’t have many there. I will certainly be perusing all of the ideas of my friends below to see what they are up to.
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