What do we know as Easter?
When you think of Easter, what comes to mind? Chicks, bunnies, sheep, lambs, even daffodils, spring, blossoms, or is it easter eggs?
I think of Easter as the start of spring and the beauty of the blossomed trees that are simply encapsulating.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS?
So what do you think kids would regard as the main thing about easter would be?
Well, when I last asked a kid are you looking forward to your easter holidays and what are you the most looking forward to? and the answer was ‘Easter eggs’ the chocolate type of course!
WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING?
Let’s recap, we have kind of lost the true meaning of Easter, especially for kids, they associate it with chocolate eggs.
WHAT DOES EASTER MEAN?
What is the real meaning of an Easter egg? the shape of the egg has to have some kind of symbolic meaning.
When we think of an egg, the egg hatches there is a birth of a new life a baby chick.
The chocolate Easter eggs are a bit like that, we break the shell to find something inside it.
BUNNIES AND EASTER?
What connection does a bunny have? The Easter bunny is also featured quite a lot over easter time too, this also has a symbolic meaning. Later on, we will be looking at making Easter carton bunnies!
Check out this video it may make things a bit clearer.
Let’s take a look!
I hope you enjoyed watching this video as it gives you an insight, told by a kid, all about Easter, how it came about eggs, bunnies and all!
The Easter dates may vary, depending when the video was made.
What we are going to make!
Coming back to Easter bunnies, what comes to mind, they are cute furry little things that can be quite fun to make.
Large ears, goofy teeth, dreamy eyes, happy, with their little tootsies poking out, though to be made from our throw-outs, that being a milk carton or a juice carton.
EASTER BASKET BUNNIE!
I would like to keep the whole carton and see if we can use all of it. I will be making two types, the first one will be a little Easter basket or box to put Easter eggs in with a handle to carry them.
THE FURRY TYPE!
The second version will be a furry bunny and where the mouth would be, have a section cut out so you can see inside, then you can have a few easter eggs showing through as a little treat.
So we are going to have a go at making Easter carton bunnies! They will be 3-dimensional the shape of a cuboid I thought to try something different and see how we can adapt this to become a bunny.
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED!
1 empty milk carton.
White/pink acrylic paints.
Hot wax glue gun.
Black felt tip pen.
Shredded white/yellow paper.
Mixed small Easter eggs.
Adult needed to cut the mouth.
HOW TO MAKE! This is the basket.
NOW LET’S MAKE THE FURRY BUNNY!
1 Milk carton, rinsed and drained.
Hot glue gun/glue stick.
Cotton wool balls.
1 medium pink pom pom ball.
1 small piece black card. (for whiskers)
White card (for ears optional)
Pink paper (for inside ears)
Easter eggs (mixed sizes (for inside mouth)
WHAT CAME TO MIND?
Having made the furry bunny it kind of reminds me of one of these characters. (Giggling quietly).
MY THOUGHTS ON WHAT FURRY CHARACTERS?
That being the ‘White Rabbit’ in Alice in Wonderland, the other being ‘Chewy’ in Star Wars, and finally Bigfoot. although my intentions were for it to be a super cute furry bunny, the choice is yours or your kids!
CLICK ON IMAGE TO PRINT
- Any cutting should be done with the help of an adult.
- Whilst cutting the basket shape you need to hold the carton taught so that it doesn’t cave in.
- The basket requires a lot of white paint to cover the print, so allow the first coat to dry before applying a second coat.
- Once you have painted the box in white you will lose the initial drawing of the bunny, so you will have to re-draw the bunny face again, this time use a pencil as a light guide, then when you are happy draw over it with a black felt tip pen.
- You can use the templates as a guide or follow examples and draw up how you want them to look.
- If you don’t have cotton wool balls, you can just paint the carton and colour how you want or stick any furry fabric to give the sensory feeling of a cute bunny.
PRACTICE DRAWING THE EYES.
- Depending on how you draw or use the eyes, these dictate the dreamy eye look, practice first to obtain the right results, before cutting and sticking on the container.
WHISKER HOW YOU LIKE.
- The whiskers again are entirely your choice on whether they are crossed in the middle or just cut and spread out over the mouth area.
HOT GLUE OR GLUE STICK.
- Use the hot glue for stubborn areas, otherwise, continue with the glue stick.