I wanted to do something simple and fun for Easter baskets this year that I could use over and over again. We love using our bunny nesting dolls to place little snacks and treats in and then hide away in a grand Easter hunt. This has become a special tradition for the boys and they look forward to finding them each year and discovering what treasure they might hold inside. I wanted to add to our arsenal of reusable treat containers this year so I made this simple felt bunny bag.
In fact, you can make these so fast, you won’t want to stop at just one. Make a slew of them (trust me, you can totally make these before Easter weekend!), fill them up with candy or tiny toys and contribute them to an Easter egg hunt or to place them on plates for your guests to enjoy as they arrive for Easter dinner. Family and friends, young and old, will sure to love this little cutie (not to mention the treats & treasures inside!).
1. To make this little bunny friend, begin by downloading my simple template.
Use the template as a pattern and place it on two pieces of white felt (or whatever color you choose to make your bunny out of). Pin the pattern together with both pieces of felt and then cut them out.
2. Take one of the pieces of felt and create a simple bunny face on it. To do this I used thread to make a delicate sleeping bunny face- but you could also use embroidery floss if you prefer. Feel free to use my template for the eyes and nose or get creative and make another face of your choosing. In fact, this is a great craft to bring the kids in on! Have them embroider their own little bunny faces. It would be so fun to see what they came up with!
3. Once the face in on, place the two pieces of felt together (with the piece with the face on it facing up and out). Pin and sew them together from ear to ear, being careful to leave an opening at the top to insert treats and treasures. (Again, you could have little beginning sewers help you out with this part too!)
4. And now the fun part! Fill up your bunny with candy or little gifts. If using candy, and it’s not prepackaged, I would suggest placing it inside of a little plastic bag before inserting into the felt bunny (not show here).
3. Once your bunny friend is full, pull together the ears and tie them together with yarn, ribbon, string, you name it. This keeps the candy tucked tightly inside and makes the ears, just Oh so cute.
4. Share your bunny friend with your loved ones!!
I love the idea of getting together with family and friends for a delicious Easter feast. I think we will be going to Jon’s parents this year. Most of the time we are not able to meet up with family for Easter and I have always wanted to host an egg hunt and dinner party for friends. A pretty big endeavor, but well worth it I’m sure.
What about you? Have you ever had an Easter dinner party with just friends? Have you hosted? Did you split up the responsibilities? And if you are meeting up with family, do you have any fun traditions you do all together? I’d love to hear some tips!