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Make Easter Baskets and Bags  
By Dian Thomas

This week, bunnies and chicks abound in festive decorations. Here are simple instructions that will allow you to make bunny bags out of paper lunch sacks, and bunny or chick baskets from toilet paper rolls. These are great projects for parents and kids to do together.

This bunny basket was made from a pink toilet paper roll.

Tissue Easter Baskets

These toilet paper baskets are just the ticket for Easter decorating. Use paper towels to make larger bunnies, ducks, and chicks.

* One roll bathroom tissue for each basket.
* Magic marker (to draw face).
* Orange construction paper (duck and chick).
* Pink construction paper (bunny).
* One (1-1/2 inch) white pompom or cotton ball (bunny tail).
* White acrylic paint.
* Sponge to apply paint.
* Miniature flowers, pompom, and ribbon
* Straw hat for the duck.
* Glue gun.
* Easter grass and candies.

Draw a face on each roll of tissue. Cut the duck or chick beaks and feet from orange construction paper. Cut ears and feet for bunnies from pink construction paper. Glue ears onto bunny by spreading the paper enough to snug ear in place. Glue beaks and feet in place. Sponge paint on two feet and ears of the bunny to create the appearance of fur. Push Easter grass and candies in the tube. Decorate with small flowers or pom-poms or tie ribbons at the neck, and a hat for the duck.

Here is the chick version of the toilet paper basket.

Paper Bag Bunny Basket

This bunny basket is so simple, even preschoolers can make it.

* 1 paper lunch sack.
* Pencil.
* Scissors.
* One small pink pompom.
* Magic marker.
* Pipe cleaner.
* Cotton ball.
* One (1.5 Gallon) milk carton, washed.
* Easter grass and candies.

Lay the paper bag flat with the glued sides down. Sketch a pair of rabbit ears on the top half (open end) of the bag. Cut the ears out, leaving the front and back ears attached to the bag. Cut the sides of the bag even with the bottom of the ears and cut the milk carton to the same height. Decorate the bag with a bunny face and finish with a small pink pompom nose. Use the pipe cleaner to make whiskers and the cotton ball for the tail. Insert the milk carton in the bag and fill with Easter grass and candies. Glue the front and back ears together at the very top.

This bunny basket is so easy that even a young child can make it.

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