This Easter, get creative by making your own Easter bunny baskets out of milk cartons or tetra paks! This is a great Easter craft for the whole family. It's also a fun project to do with kids if you're looking for something to keep them occupied during the Easter break. These DIY Easter bunny baskets are perfect for holding chocolate Easter eggs, making them great decorations for your Easter table. They're also a cute way to package small toys and Easter gifts. If you're looking for a fun and easy Easter craft, this is the perfect project for you!
Something for your Easter hunt
Easter is a time for family, friends, and fun! One of the best ways to celebrate this holiday is by taking part in Easter egg hunts and getting creative with Easter crafts.
Why not try making Easter bunny baskets out of milk cartons or Tetra Paks? It's a great way to recycle some common household items, and the kids will love decorating their own baskets. This Easter craft is perfect for Easter egg hunts, and you can even use them as table decorations for your Easter feast. Imagine their little faces when they see these cute bunny baskets on Easter morning!
If you're looking for smaller table decorations, you might like these pretty DIY Easter baskets made from gardening supplies.
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I've seen all sorts of milk carton Easter bunny baskets on Pinterest. Most of the craft tutorials I've seen either use a gallon milk jug or a milk bottle and involve copious amounts of cotton balls, construction paper, and googly eyes.
Although milk jug Easter baskets are cute, I wanted to try using something a little bit different from an empty milk jug for these DIY Easter baskets.
Tetra Pak milk or juice boxes are a great option for making Easter basket crafts because the outer layer is removable.
DIY Easter Bunny Baskets: Supplies
All you need are some basic craft supplies, and you'll be able to make your own DIY Easter bunny baskets in no time!
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To make DIY Easter bunny baskets from milk cartons, you will need:
- Empty milk cartons (boxes or Tetra Paks)
- Serviettes with bunny motifs like these or these
- Mod Podge (decoupage)
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Tissue paper
- Craft glue
- Lace Ribbon or Washi tape
- Baker's twine in different colors
- Easter grass or straw
- Crafting feathers
- Mini Easter bunny clothespins
- Clay heart ornament (or see below for the DIY option)
★Tip★ Get the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own clay hearts here:
- Pair of scissors
- Craft knife or box cutter
- Pinking shears (optional for trimming the top of the milk carton)
Shop Craft supplies
Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own Easter basket.
Preparing the milk cartons or Tetra Paks
Step 1: Clean the milk cartons
Here is how to prepare milk cartons for Easter baskets:
Thoroughly clean the inside of the boxes
- Half-fill the milk cartons with warm water, add a dash of dishwashing detergent, replace the cap, and give them a good shake.
- Swill out the boxes again with cold water and stand them upside down to dry.
Step 2: Trim the milk cartons or Tetra Paks to size
Flatten the milk carton to make it easier for you to remove the top section with a pair of scissors. Use a pair of pinking shears for this job if you want to create a prettier edge.
Step 3: Remove the outer layer of the milk carton
Next, you need to remove the printed outer layer of the box.
Crumple the milk carton in your hands first to make it easier to peel away the outer layer.
Now, your clean, brown milk cartons are ready for decorating.
★Tip★ Milk cartons used to contain organic milk are good options for making milk carton Easter baskets as they usually have a brown inside layer instead of silver.
Decorating the baskets with Decoupage
There are so many pretty serviettes with Easter motifs available to buy that I thought it would be a fun idea to use the decoupage method to decorate my Easter baskets. Decoupage is a great way to create adorable bunny designs without much effort.
How to decoupage a milk carton
- Separate the top layer of a paper serviette (motif layer) from the rest of the serviette layers.
- If needed, trim around the part of the design you intend to transfer onto your milk carton.
- Paint the front of the milk carton with Mod Podge.
- Place the motif layer of the serviette onto the front of the milk carton smoothing it gently with your fingers as you go.
- Allow the decoupage layer to dry completely before adding a final layer of Mod Pod to seal the bunny motif.
Cutting a 3D Motive
You can make your Easter bunny designs stand out by cutting the sides of the cartons with a craft knife.
For instance, on one of my baskets, I cut the sides of the carton where the bunny ears are so that they stick out from the sides of the box, creating a 3D effect. I did the same with the Easter egg bunny design so that instead of wrapping around the side of the box, the full motif is visible from the front.
Embellishing your Easter baskets
I added a few embellishments to finish off my Easter baskets as follows:
Embellishments for an Easter Party bunny basket
Use craft glue to stick some lace ribbon around the top of the Easter basket.
I used some bunny clothespins to hold the lace ribbon in place while it dried but you could also use a rubber band for this.
Alternatively, you could use a hot glue gun to attach the lace ribbon to the box.
Fill your Easter egg baskets with chocolate eggs or Easter gifts.
Push some tissue paper into the top of the box so that it sticks out at the top.
I thought it was a fun idea to use mini bunny clothespins to close the top of this Easter basket. There are all sorts of mini clothespins in Easter designs available to buy.
Lastly, push some crafting feathers into the top of the Easter basket and hang a small clay heart on the front ornament to finish.
Embellishments for an Easter egg bunny basket
To finish off the Easter egg bunny basket, first, add some craft glue to the top of the basket. Next, wrap some baker's twine around the top (over the glue) and finish with a bow. Make a raffia bow and glue it to the baker's twine at the front of the box.
Fill the Easter basket with gifts or treats as described above. Instead of tissue paper, I used DIY paint-splattered paper to cover the treats in the Easter egg bunny basket.
Make a pair of bunny ears from a brown pipe cleaner and push them into the back of the Easter bunny basket to finish.
★Tip★ Find the tutorial for making the paint-splattered paper I used for this project in this sustainable gift-wrapping post.
Embellishments for an Easter bunny Basket
To finish the Easter bunny basket, use the same method as I used for the Easter egg bunny basket above to attach some baker's twine to the top of the milk carton.
After adding the gifts, top them with some tissue paper and Easter grass or straw.
Finish with a few speckled feathers.
★Tip★ Use the same technique to upcycle milk cartons into DIY Mother's Day or Father's Day gift boxes.
DIY Easter bunny baskets on YouTube
If you'd like to watch the video showing how I made these DIY Easter bunny baskets, you can see it on YouTube here:
This project is perfect for upcycling milk cartons or tetra paks into something cute and festive. With just a few simple supplies, you can create your own DIY Easter bunny baskets that are perfect for Easter egg hunts, Easter gift boxes, or as table decorations.
I hope my DIY Easter basket ideas have inspired you to have a go at this cute craft project.
Most of all, I hope you have lots of fun creating adorable Easter baskets, either by yourself or with the kiddos!
I, for one, love how my Tetra Pak Easter baskets turned out. I'll probably fill each basket with a little gift and use them as a fun Easter decoration for my Easter table. How will you use yours? Let me know in the comments at the end of this post.
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