Easter Candy time! I know I am not the only one to wait for creme eggs, yellow marshmallow bunnies, mini eggs, and peanut butter eggs to hit the store. I’m eggstra (haha) excited to show you how to make an Easter Bunny Basket for place settings, desks, or other Easter displays. It’s the perfect size to fill with candy (chocolate crisp carrots anyone?) or even to show off your decorated easter eggs!
- Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
- Merry-Go-Round Multi-Pack Pop-Tone Cardstock in Blu Raspberry, Grape Jelly, Orange Fizz, Cotton Candy, and Limeade
- Pop-Tone Cardstock in Black Licorice
- Paper Bag Kraft
- Belly Box Easter Bunny SVG Cutting File by Lori Whitlock
- Marshmallow Bunny Steel Die or similar svg file
- Intertwine and Engraved 3D Embossing Folders
- Electronic & Manual Cutting Machines
- Ink & Blending Tool - Purple, Blue Raspberry, Brown
- Foam Tape
- Liquid Adhesive
- Paper Trimmer
- Optional: Carrot Steel Die
To get started, I purchased the Belly Box Easter Bunny SVG Cutting File by Lori Whitlock. I used cutting machine software to resize the file to a width of 13.8 inches and maintained the aspect ratio. I grouped the layers as appropriate to make it easier to work with the file, leaving the bunny main parts (bunny front and back) ungrouped.
I decided I wanted the basket to be a different color than the bunny itself. I used my electronic die cut machine to cut two of the main bunny panels - one from Blu Raspberry and one from Paper Bag Kraft cardstock. I removed the top half of the bunny from the Blu Raspberry cardstock and discarded the bottom half with the basket. I also cut the back of the bunny and the bunny feet from Blu Raspberry. Using a Blue Raspberry colored ink, I distressed the edges of the Blu Raspberry bunny front, back, and feet to give it some contrast.
I cut the remaining pieces from the following card stock:
- Nose - Cotton Candy
- Toes, Inner Ears & Bow - Grape Jelly
- Back Panel (for eyes) - Black Licorice
Using a plum-colored ink, I distressed the edges of the Grape Jelly inner ears and bow. I adhered the toes to the feet and the nose to the Blu Raspberry bunny front using liquid adhesive. I affixed the black panel to the back side of the Blu Raspberry bunny front.
Before assembling the bow, I ran the pieces through my die-cut machine with the Engraved Embossing folder to give it some texture. I assembled the bow and cut a small marshmallow bunny out of Cotton Candy with the die and adhered it to the center of the bow.
Next, I used ink to distress the basket on the Paper Bag Kraft main bunny panel. To add the Intertwine texture on the Paper Bag Kraft main bunny panel, I folded the bottom part of the box up towards the top of the bunny and then folded the box sides on top of the bottom panel. I placed the embossing folder on the bottom half of the basket, making sure to align the back of the embossing folder to the score line above the basket on the back of the main bunny panel. Note, the outside of the front of the bunny (front side of the embossing folder) had a tab sticking out. This alignment creates an unembossed strip on the top front of the basket. You can use any kind of embossing folder you like for this part.
I ran the Paper Bag Kraft bunny panel with the Intertwined embossing folder aligned through the die cut machine and assembled it using Scor-tape on the tabs.
I adhered the front and back Grape Jelly bunny panels on top of the Paper Bag Kraft bunny with liquid adhesive. I adhered the bow and the bunny feet using foam tape. To complete my project, I used my carrot steel dies to create a fun addition with Orange Fizz and Limeaide. You could also just cut a carrot by hand for this.
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