Perfect for kids young and old, a Beach Towel Bunny Easter Basket is fun, practical, and SUPER easy to make!
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I'm one of those Moms. You know; the kind that makes Easter baskets for her kids long past the time they stop believing in a giant globe-trotting rabbit that poops out chocolate eggs.
At our house, the Easter bunny observes no age limits. If you call me Mama and you stay over at my house on Easter Eve, the Easter Bunny will leave you a basket, no questions asked. (To clarify, you do have to be one of my kids, or at least a close friend.)
However, it can be a real challenge to create an Easter basket that [a] older kids/young adults are excited to receive, and [b] isn't a huge drain of money and resources. I'm always on the lookout for practical Easter basket ideas that won't just create more trash at the end of the day.
That's why I was so excited a few years ago when I looked in a downtown storefront window and saw what looked to be a giant booboo bunny. What a great idea! I mean, who can't use a plush new towel?!
I took the idea and ran with it, and this is the result!
You can set the tone for your Easter basket with the towel you choose, or match it to particular color scheme. For example, I wanted my towel bunny baskets to be big and bright, so the first thing I did was find some plush, colorful beach towels. Many stores (including Costco) start putting their summer goods out just before Easter, so the timing for this easy project is spot on!
Beach Towel Bunny Easter Baskets are SUPER easy to make, and take only about 5 or 10 minutes!
How to Make a Beach Towel Bunny Easter Basket [Step-by-Step]
- Cut felt eyes and nose: Cut the Adhesive-back felt into simple eye and nose shapes and set aside.
- Fold the beach towel into a square: Fold the beach towel almost in half, forming a square. If the towel has a rough or “wrong side,” fold that in. Fold and tags to the inside. Line the edges up as closely as possible.
- Fold the squared towel into a triangle: With any towel overlap turned to the inside, fold the towel in half corner to corner, forming a triangle.
- Roll the towel: Starting on the long side of the triangle (the hypotenuse),carefully roll the towel - not too tight, not too loose.
- When you are done rolling the towel, you will have a “fat side, and a thin side” on the roll. The thin side will always stay to the interior of the towel bunny basket.
- Add the tail: Secure a large rubber band to a large pompom. Fold the rolled towel in half, and keeping the thin side of the rolled towel on the inside, thread the towel through the rubber band until the pompom lies in the middle of the roll.
- With the pompom tail now attached, fold the rolled towel in half, keeping the “thin side” in.
- Form the basket rim: Using a large rubber band, secure the two halves together about ½ way between the middle bend and the tips of the roll. Be sure to keep the “thin side” in.
- Form the bunny face: Fold the unsecured ends back over the Basket Rim you just made, and secure with a large rubber band. This rubber band should be placed directly over the first rubber band as it secures the face to the body.
- Shape the basket: by pushing the thin side (the inner basket rim) down to form a flat floor.
- Shape the face and ears as desired.
- Add felt eyes and ears.
- Fill with treats and enjoy!
NOTE: If you are unable to find/get adhesive-backed felt for the eyes and nose, you can easily make some. Simply trace and cut out some eyes from fabric or paper, and then temporarily tape them, or tack them onto the bunny's face with needle and thread.
So what do older kids really think of these unique Beach Towel Easter Baskets?
You be the judge...
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