This easy Easter basket idea is perfect for kids young and old! Fun, practical, inexpensive, and SUPER easy to make!
Why You Will Love this Easy Easter Basket
The Easter bunny observes no age limits at our house. 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 a simple Easter basket for teens, tweens, and young adults. One they are excited to receive, that is. And one that isn't a huge drain of money and resources.
So 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 will love this simple Easter basket idea because:
- It's fun, adorable, and easy to personalize.
- It's practical. You have a great towel and no basket to throw away or store until next year.
- It's relatively inexpensive. (Have you seen how much premade Easter baskets cost!?!)
- It's SUPER fast and easy to make, and requires no special crafting skills to do so.
So, what do older kids really think of these fun Beach Towel Easter Baskets? You be the judge...
What You Need for this DIY
- large beach towel
- 3 large, heavy rubber bands or hair bands
- adhesive backed felt, or regular felt, or large googly eyes
- large pompom with elastic loop (If you're feeling particularly crafty, you can make your own pompom.)
You can set the tone for your Easter basket with the towel you choose, or match it to particular color scheme or theme.
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.
TIP: Many stores (including Costco) start putting their summer goods out just before Easter, so the timing for this easy project is spot on!
Towel Bunny Basket - Step-by-Step
These cute Easter baskets are SUPER easy to make and take only about 10 minutes to put together!
Step 1: Prep the Eyes & Nose
Adhesive-backed felt is an easy option for this step, especially if you don't sew or want to put glue your towel.
Cut the adhesive-back felt into simple eye and nose shapes and set aside.
Options for Eyes and Nose:
You don't need anything fancy. Use whatever you have on hand. The whole point is to give the bunny a face with some personality!
- Use plastic googly eyes! Some of these come with adhesive already on the back.
- Use regular felt and glue everything together.
- Embroider eyes onto the felt.
- Make the features with polymer clay. Put a couple of button holes in them sew you can sew/tack them on.
- Leave the features off entirely and let the ears and tail carry the idea.
Step 2: Fold a Square
Form a square by folding the beach towel almost in half, hamburger-style (i.e., the short way: hotdog style is the long way).
- If the towel has a rough or "wrong side," fold that to the inside.
- If there are any tags you don't want to remove, fold those to the inside.
- Line the side edges up as closely as possible.
Step 3: Fold a Triangle
With any towel overlap turned to the inside, fold the towel in half corner to corner, forming a triangle.
Step 4: Roll It Up
Starting at the 90-degree point of towel, roll the towel toward the long side (the hypotenuse).
It's important to roll the towel gently - not too tight, not too loose.
Step 5: Fold It, Thin-Side In
When you are done rolling the towel, you will have a fat side, and a thin side on the roll.
As you are creating your bunny, the thin side will always stay to the interior. It will eventually provide structure for the bottom of the basket.
Step 6: Add a Tail
Secure a large rubber band to a large pompom. (Most of the pompoms usually come with a little loop already on them, but it isn't big enough to allow the rolled towel to pass through.)
Find the middle of the rolled towel by folding it in half, always keeping the thin side of the to the inside.
Thread the rolled towel through the rubber band until the pompom rests on the fat side in the middle of the roll. The pompom should be on the outside of the roll, but other than that, don't worry about placement too much until you've finished the Step 7 and Step 8.
Step 7: Refold the Towel
With the pompom tail now attached, fold the rolled towel in half, keeping the “thin side” in.
Step 8: 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, forming the round bunny-body-basket.
The towel ends beyond the rubber band will form the face and ears.
Step 9: Form the 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.
Step 10: Shape the Basket
Shape the bottom of the basket by pushing the thin side (the inner basket rim) down to form a flat floor.
Step 11: Shape the Face & Ears
This is when your bunny's personality starts to take shape. You can make the face full or thin, and the ears short or long.
Step 12: Add Eyes & Nose
Add the eyes and nose that you prepped in Step 1. Simple as that.
Step 13: Fill It Up!
Chocolate eggs is always welcome, but here are a few non-food ideas (sticking with the Beach theme):
- Flip flops
- Gift Card
Easter Recipes & Fun
Planning for Easter? Layered Rainbow Jello is easy to make, fun to eat, and festive - perfect for your holiday table!
- 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.
Beach-themed Basket Filler Ideas:
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